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Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass.From the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author. At the Social Services office, Cathy (an experienced foster carer) is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement. Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen off five carers in four months. Despite her reservations, Cathy decides to take on Jodie to protect her from being placed in an institution. Jodie arrives, and her first act is to soil herself, and then wipe it on her face, grinning wickedly. Jodie meets Cathy's teenage children, and greets them with a sharp kick to the shins. That night, Cathy finds Jodie covered in blood, having cut her own wrist, and smeared the blood over her face. As Jodie begins to trust Cathy her behaviour improves. Over time, with childish honesty, she reveals details of her abuse at the hands of her parents and others. It becomes clear that Jodie's parents were involved in a sickening paedophile ring, with neighbours and Social Services not seeing what should have been obvious signs. Unfortunately Jodie becomes increasingly withdrawn, and it's clear she needs psychiatric therapy. Cathy urges the Social Services to provide funding, but instead they decide to take Jodie away from her, and place her in a residential unit. Although the paedophile ring is investigated and brought to justice, Jodie’s future is still up in the air. Cathy promises that she will stand by her no matter what – her love for the abandoned Jodie is unbreakable.

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October 25th, 2013
As a parent, grandparent, and licensed day care provider this book made me ask myself why. Why did it take so long for social services to finally realize that this poor child had been so horribly abused by her parents? The final foster family who loving helped her are a one in a million type of advocates that I believe all children should have.
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October 4th, 2013
I love all of her books, I even wake up in the night to read them
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August 3rd, 2013
Heart breaking, shocking with love in spades. A family to be proud of and the willingness to share all that with another less fortunate. A rare gift indeed.
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March 17th, 2013
A truly emotional read!
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March 14th, 2013
Well written, horrifying story. Makes me want to become a foster parent.
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Truly heartbreaking
February 15th, 2013
I had to remind myself throughout the book the this is a work of nonfiction. This truly happened to a poor, innocent child. I could not imagine bring in Cathy's shoes, she has the patience of a goddess.
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