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By Cathy Glass

  • Release Date : 2008-08-04
  • Genre : Biography
  • FIle Size : 9.02 MB
Score: 4.5
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From 136 Ratings
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Description

Cut Million-copy bestselling author Cathy Glass tells the story of Dawn, a sweet and seemingly well-balanced girl whose outward appearance masks a traumatic childhood of suffering at the hands of the very people who should have cared for her.

Dawn was the first girl Cathy Glass ever fostered. Sweet and seemingly well balanced girl, Dawn’s outward appearance masked a traumatic childhood so awful, that even she could not remember it.

During the first night, Cathy awoke to see Dawn looming above Cathy’s baby’s cot, her eyes staring and blank. She sleepwalks – which Cathy learns is often a manifestation in disturbed children. It becomes a regular and frightening occurrence, and Cathy is horrified to find Dawn lighting a match whilst mumbling it’s not my fault in her sleep one night.

Cathy discovers Dawn is playing truant from school, and struggling to make friends. More worryingly she finds her room empty one night, and her pillow covered in blood. Dawn has been self-harming in order to release the pain of her past.

When Dawn attempts suicide, Cathy realises that she needs more help than she can give. Dawn’s mother eventually confides in her that Dawn was sent away to live with relatives in Ireland between the ages of 5 and 9, and Cathy soon realises that the horrors Dawn was exposed to during this time have left her a very disturbed little girl.

Reviews

Reviews for ‘Damaged’:

'Cannot fail to move those who read it.' Adoption-net

‘Heartbreaking.' The Mirror

‘A truly harrowing read that made me cry.’ The 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

About the author

Cathy has been a foster carer for over 20 years, during which time she has looked after more than 70 children, of all ages and backgrounds. Cathy runs training courses on fostering for her local Social Services, and helps draft new fostering procedures and guidelines. She has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement. The name Cathy Glass is a pseudonym.

Reviews

  • Connected with this book on a personal level and couldn't put it down

    5
    By Lauren May
    I also read this book in less than 5 hours and I was hooked. I felt so strongly for the girl in the book as mental health and self harm is something I have struggled with too and I could connect with the story so much. I had a little cry, a little smile and did not want to part with this book. I wanted more chapters and more story but I knew it had to end at some point, sadly! I think the subject is a touchy one but it was dealt with very realistically and rang true to a lot of young people these days. For someone who has struggled with these issues I didn't feel the subject was dramatised or mistreated like a lot of other books do. I would highly recommend this :) thank you for writing it.
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    By Bubbleheadyeah
    It was rubbish
  • Poor Jodie

    5
    By Hannah watty
    I read this in a day I couldn't put it down it made me cry get angry an shocked me all I can say is well done to cathy glass for her big heart an patience this is a must read!!
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    5
    By Stacy Sheffield lass
    I love Cathy's books this I the 3rd iv read and what is dose is brilliant a truly remarkable women !!
  • Amazing

    5
    By Terri_taylor12
    Could not put this book down, read in a day on holiday... Amazing book
  • Moving!

    5
    By Amazed123
    I love cathy glass ive read most of her books. This one made me cry! As they all do its a must read! She is such an amazing author!
  • Sad but heartwarming

    5
    By SarahMiv
    Could not put this book down. The one thing that would put me off fostering... Sleepwalking. Yet Cathy handled it so wonderfully, what an inspiration.
  • 5* +

    5
    By MaydayJacob
    An excellent book, I couldn't put it down!
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    5
    By Godmummy x
    Amazing story although I didn't go through what dawn did I understand her so much as if she was an old friend x love you dawn x
  • Remarkable

    5
    By Cuboard
    What a sad but fantastic book, very well written and so warming to know that there are people like Cathy Glass.

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