A new memoir from Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author Cathy Glass.
Eight-year-old Aimee was on the child protection register at birth. Her five older siblings were taken into care many years ago. So no one can understand why she was left at home to suffer for so long. It seems Aimee was forgotten.
The social services are looking for a very experienced foster carer to look after Aimee and, when she reads the referral, Cathy understands why. Despite her reservations, Cathy agrees to Aimee on - there is something about her that reminds Cathy of Jodie (the subject of ‘Damaged' and the most disturbed child Cathy has cared for), and reading the report instantly tugs at her heart strings.
When she arrives, Aimee is angry. And she has every right to be. She has spent the first eight years of her life living with her drug-dependent mother in a flat that the social worker described as ‘not fit for human habitation'.
Aimee is so grateful as she snuggles into her bed at Cathy's house on the first night that it brings Cathy to tears. Aimee's aggressive mother is constantly causing trouble at contact, and makes sweeping allegations against Cathy and her family in front of her daughter as well.
It is a trying time for Cathy, and it makes it difficult for Aimee to settle. But as Aimee begins to trust Cathy, she starts to open up. And the more Cathy learns about Aimee's life before she came into care, the more horrified she becomes.
It's clear that Aimee should have been rescued much sooner and as her journey seems to be coming to a happy end, Cathy can't help but reflect on all the other ‘forgotten children' that are still suffering…
©2012 Cathy Glass (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Cannot fail to move those who read it.'Adoption-net‘Heartbreaking." (Mirror)
"A truly harrowing read that made me cry.'Sun'A true tale of hope." (OK!)
"Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass's book should change all that." (First magazine)
"A hugely touching and emotional true tale." (Star magazine)
What can I say? This is another fantastic read! I've thoroughly enjoyed all the books by Cathy Glass. Onme I start reading, I can't stop and often stay up very late reading them. I absolutely love these books!
Sad but true. Bad things can go on next door to us without us ever being aware. The children can get lost in the system.....
A marvelous narration by Denica Fairman! She does a wonderful job of the accents and characters involved, a reading done with superb nuance and emotion suiting the character of this wonderful and educational book by Ms. Glass. I'm headed to the catalogue to look for more from both of them...
"Sad yet beautiful"
I don't know how many times I was in tears listening to this story, but it was such a thought provoking, emotionally written tale filled with unexpected ups and downs. I absolutely loved it! I will be looking for more from Cathy Glass!
Tears and laughter all the way through this book. Leaves you feeling so happy for Amy especially as she got her forever home with family.
"Great book but very sad"
Wonderfully happy ending to a story that should never have happened
Tragically unhappy child X
This is the story of 8 year old Aimee who has behavioural problems. As Cathy and her daughter Paula noticed in the book, Aimee was similar to Jodie, another girl of the same age Cathy fostered. Aimee has endured a lot, abuse, her mother's drug use and now and then we see bonds between Cathy and Aimee. Cathy does a great job of taking care of Aimee and this book was a great read.
"a heart wrenching story"
A sad account of 1 innocent little girls life very well narrated a must read
"Compelling read true to life foster caring"
I would listen to another Forgotten child. Its sometimes difficult to listen to due to the content discussed but definitely true to real life foster caring.
The narrative style reminded me of "A child called it"
Denica Fairman captured the mother of the fostered child to perfection. Gritty down on her luck substance abuser who's hard exterior hid a broken and fragile woman who in the end you were drawn to empathise with..
Can the resolve of one woman heal this shattered life?
This account of fostering was not over dramatised it was true to life for most fostering families, not flowered up or dipped in glitter.
Very good and useful book albeit it is fiction for anyone involved in adoption or fostering.
"Another forgotten child"
Overall this story was to the same excellent standard as all Cathy Glass stories I have listened to Denica Fairman is an excellent narrator
"Glad I gave the author a second chance!"
This book is the story of an unloved child who gradually finds her feet and, at last, her 'forever family'. The fact that these are real people, even if details have been changed, make the unadorned, simplistic style compelling. I can't compare it to literary masterpieces, or even to fiction - and it is unlike any other non-fiction audiobooks that I have listened to, other than those by the same author. I thought this book was much better written than the previous Cathy Glass book that I heard 'A Baby's Cry', but I don't think it's fair to compare it to other books as it's not comparing like with like. A very good audiobook and one that will stay with me for some time.
I very much liked the spunky attitude of little Aimee.
Denica Fairman reads well, given the undemanding nature of the text, adding expression and character to each voice.
When little Aimee first arrives at Cathy's house. Her openness and awe at seemingly simple things like having a bath and having a clean bed to sleep in were very touching.
I have learned so much from listening to this book. Cathy Glass is inspirational, as are the stories of the children who fought back against what life had thrown at them and learned to be whole human beings, capable of loving and being loved. It gave me hope.
"Couldn't put it down"
Love this book, what a heartwarming story. I'm so glad it had a happy ending thoroughly recommend this book, a gripping read.
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