The Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author of Damaged tells the true story of Donna, who came into foster care aged 10, having been abused, victimised, and rejected by her family. Donna has been in foster care with her two young brothers for three weeks when she is abruptly moved to Cathy's. When Donna arrives she is silent, withdrawn, and walks with her shoulders hunched forward and her head down. Donna is clearly a very haunted child and refuses to interact with Cathy's children, Adrian and Paula. After patience and encouragement from Cathy, Donna slowly starts to talk and tells Cathy that she blames herself for her and her brothers being placed in care. The social services were aware that Donna and her brothers had been neglected by their alcoholic mother, but no one realised the extent of the abuse they were forced to suffer. The truth of the physical torment she was put through slowly emerges, and as Donna grows to trust Cathy she tells her how her mother used to make her wash herself with wire wool so that she could get rid of her skin colour as her mother was so ashamed that Donna was mixed race.
The psychological wounds caused by the bullying she received also start to resurface when Donna starts reenacting the ways she was treated at home by hitting and bullying Paula, so much so that Cathy can't let Donna out of her sight.
As the pressure begins to mount on Cathy to help this child, things start to get worse and Donna begins behaving in erratic ways, trashing her bedroom and being regularly abusive towards Cathy's children. Cathy begins to wonder if she can find a way to help this child or if Donna's scars run too deep.
©2014 Cathy Glass (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Reviews for Damaged:
"Cannot fail to move those who read it. (Adoption-net)
"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)
I love this one as it's clear that the effort Cathy put in with Donna paid off in the end. As with all of Cathy's books, she reminds that goodness, faith, trust, forgiveness and hard work pay off.
"Such a sad story"
This book made me angry and sad. How could anyone treat a family member like that, never mind a daughter! Prepare yourselves to feel mad at the world when listening to this!
fantastic story ov the help giving to donna an so lovely all worked out for donna at least she got to feel the love an to know wot a family should really be like an not what she suffered from Rita an her family
Cathy changing lives of children in many remarkable ways. A must read highly recommended. A story of neglect and rejection to bring a tear to any readers eye.
"Loved this book"
Another great book. As a foster carer myself, these books have thoroughly helped me with my children.
Thank you Cathy
Will listen to it again sad beginning but a happy ending really sad that children were treated in this way in the first place thank goodness for people like Cathy Glass
"Fantastic once again, these books are Brillient"
I love all of the books written by Cathy Glass, I have not been disappointed once, this book was especially good as we founed out lots later on after a few years had passed about all the people in Donna's life as well as Donna, God Bless Her.
Brilliant book as they all are, brought to life by excellent narration. Would highly recommend. Brought tears to my eyes.
I really enjoyed this book. another good book from Cathy Glass. another book well narrated as well. I do really enjoy this narrator. I love reading Cathy Glass books I find them very interesting and inspiring. I would recommend this book to people who like this type of book
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