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Publisher's Summary

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with her two young brothers for three weeks when she is abruptly moved to Cathy's. When Donna arrives she is silent, withdrawn, and walks with her shoulders hunched forward and her head down.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

Critic Reviews

Reviews for Damaged:
"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)

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she does it again!

Another great book by Cathy Glass. Readers will not disapointed with this unique story of a young girl in need of more than just a home.

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Makes me want to be a foster mom

I enjoyed the book but the performance was at times hard to listen to, when the performer did the kids voices it sounded like a joke! Kids do not talk like that and would have been better just to say who was talking and read it in her normal voice. The story was good but the saddest girl in the world is a strong title for this young girl. It was touching and I would recommended it to others

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Amazing

Very detailed encounter of a child’s life, written with great detail and sincerity..I love all Cathy Glass’s memories. If only the child care system was like this in the US.

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My review

I think the narrator was amazing. Cathy glass seems to be awesome, too. I enjoyed listening to it and I am surprised that it it is not fictional.

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Wonderful true stories!

I have just finished listening to the audio version of "The saddest girl in the world" where at every new chapter I was shocked to hear of more awful things poor Donna had to survive! But survive she did and with your help she's turned into a beautiful woman. You are a wonderful person!

I listen in the car to and from work each day and find myself looking forward to the time when I can listen... and my (10 year old) daughter listens as well when she's with me... and when she isn't, she always asks for updates.

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences!!

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Another amazing book that I couldn't put down.

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.

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  • Natasha
  • 01-16-15

very sad

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-28-18

made me cry<br />

have enjoyed many Cathy stories but
this one was so sad admire her so much

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  • Emma
  • 04-20-18

Saddest girl in world

What did you like most about The Saddest Girl in the World?

Happy ending in the end

What did you like best about this story?

Everything

What does Denica Fairman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

How real the story is enjoyable u get in to the story in depth

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-18

emotional

loved the book. feel like part of the book getting gripped in their life. fabulous

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  • tracey burton
  • 05-27-17

The saddest girl in the world

I couldn't believe what I was reading how unkind Donna s family was but she got through with a lot of carding people

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  • Elaine Jones
  • 10-16-16

Fantastic!

What a lovely happy ending. Really enjoyed this book. What a lucky girl Donna is .

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  • Susan Inglis
  • 09-06-16

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!

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  • jacqueline
  • 04-06-16

fantastic

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

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  • Mandy
  • 03-17-16

Brilliant

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.

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  • jules
  • 03-02-16

Loved this book

Another great book. As a foster carer myself, these books have thoroughly helped me with my children.
Thank you Cathy

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-17

Eye opening

As usual an eye opener to the wonderfully hard work foster carers put in to those that need it the most needed. Keep it up Cathy you wonderful woman x

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  • Lucy Fieldhouse
  • 11-02-16

the best

love all cathy glass's books, so far have read 5 and still want more to read