Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child

Author: Cathy Glass

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007279752

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 320

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The Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller. 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...

Another Forgotten Child

Author: Cathy Glass

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007486782

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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A new memoir from Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Cathy Glass, now with an exclusive preview of Cathy’s inspiring new title, Please Don’t Take My Baby, coming out on April 25th.

Mummy Told Me Not to Tell

The True Story of a Troubled Boy with a Dark Secret

Author: Cathy Glass

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 000736296X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 344

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Seven-year-old Reece was the last of six siblings to be taken into foster care. Cathy, Reece's foster carer, was about to unravel a truth about the reasons for his violent and aggressive behaviour - a truth more shocking than she'd ever imagined.

The Night the Angels Came

Author: Cathy Glass

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007445695

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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A new memoir from Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Cathy Glass. When Cathy receives a call about a terminally ill widower terrified of leaving his son all alone in the world, she is wracked with sadness and indecision. Can she risk exposing her own young children to a little boy on the brink of bereavement?

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The True Story of an Abandoned, Abused Little Girl Who Was Desperate to Be Part of a Family

Author: Cathy Glass

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 000728098X

Category: Abused children

Page: 310

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Dawn was the first child Cathy Glass' ever fostered. A sweet and seemingly well balanced girl, but her outward appearance masks a traumatic childhood so awful, that even Dawn cannot remember it. During the first night, Cathy awakes 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 relatives in Ireland between the ages of 5 and 9, and came back very disturbed. She also sheds light on the reason for Dawn's fascination with matches and Cathy's baby. Eventually Dawn is placed in a psychiatric home for children, and five years later she gets in touch with Cathy. She has been reconciled with her mother and is now training to become a teacher.

The Saddest Girl in the World

Author: Cathy Glass

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007321570

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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The Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of Damaged tells the true story of Donna, who came into foster care aged ten, having been abused, victimised and rejected by her family.

Hidden Girl

The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave

Author: Shyima Hall,Lisa Wysocky

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1442481684

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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The author relates how she was sold by poor parents into slavery and forced to endure brutal servitude in California until a neighbor's anonymous call to the police began her journey to freedom and her subsequent efforts to fight for child slaves.

A Baby’s Cry

Author: Cathy Glass

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007445709

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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What could cause a mother to believe that giving away her newborn baby is her only option? Cathy Glass is about to find out. From author of Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Damaged comes a harrowing and moving memoir about tiny Harrison, left in Cathy’s care, and the potentially fatal family secret of his beginnings.

Broken

The Most Shocking True Story of Abuse Ever Told

Author: Shy Keenan

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 9780340937440

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 305

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An internationally respected advocate in the fight for justice for victims of child sexual abuse tells her story of survival in the midst of beatings, daily rape, and sexual slavery and details her efforts to secure imprisionment for those responsible for the abuse she suffered.

Damaged

Heartbreaking stories from the care home kids who survived Britain's broken system

Author: Chris Wild

Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Ltd.

ISBN: 1911600656

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 320

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'We were just sacks of flesh existing as punch bags for their rage or toys for their entertainment.' Chris Wild lost his dad when he was 11 and was sent to live, grow and be nurtured in the care system. There, he witnessed the incessant physical and sexual abuse of vulnerable children, and found the only route of escape led to a new home on the streets. He found so many others just like him, failed by the systems put in place to protect vulnerable children, leaving them with nothing but drink, drugs, prostitution and crime to become their normality. After moving away from Halifax to pursue his dreams, he still couldn't escape from the voices in his head - those of the victims he had met and couldn't forget. Chris began working in a care home himself to change the narrative for today's children, but what he saw there shocked him. Abuse was still rife, children were still being failed, and the vulnerable still had no chances in life. This is a heartbreaking memoir that relays Chris' memories of the care system with the stories of all the boys, girls, men and women he met along the way - all who shared his desperation for survival. Damaged exposes why we must take action now to protect all of Britain's most vulnerable children.

Run, Mummy, Run

Author: Cathy Glass

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007436645

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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From the author of Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Damaged, the gripping story of a woman caught in a horrific cycle of abuse - and the desperate lengths she must go to, to escape.

Skeletons on the Zahara

A True Story of Survival

Author: Dean King

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 9780759509696

Category: History

Page: 368

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A masterpiece of historical adventure, Skeletons on the Zahara chronicles the true story of twelve American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery, and subjected to a hellish two-month journey through the perilous heart of the Sahara. The western Sahara is a baking hot and desolate place, home only to nomads and their camels, and to locusts, snails and thorny scrub--and its barren and ever-changing coastline has baffled sailors for centuries. In August 1815, the US brig Commerce was dashed against Cape Bojador and lost, although through bravery and quick thinking the ship's captain, James Riley, managed to lead all of his crew to safety. What followed was an extraordinary and desperate battle for survival in the face of human hostility, starvation, dehydration, death and despair. Captured, robbed and enslaved, the sailors were dragged and driven through the desert by their new owners, who neither spoke their language nor cared for their plight. Reduced to drinking urine, flayed by the sun, crippled by walking miles across burning stones and sand and losing over half of their body weights, the sailors struggled to hold onto both their humanity and their sanity. To reach safety, they would have to overcome not only the desert but also the greed and anger of those who would keep them in captivity. From the cold waters of the Atlantic to the searing Saharan sands, from the heart of the desert to the heart of man, Skeletons on the Zahara is a spectacular odyssey through the extremes and a gripping account of courage, brotherhood, and survival.

Girls Like Us

Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself

Author: Rachel Lloyd

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062105744

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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"Powerfully raw, deeply moving, and utterly authentic. Rachel Lloyd has turned a personal atrocity into triumph and is nothing less than a true hero. . . . Never again will you look at young girls on the street as one of 'those' women—you will only see little girls that are girls just like us." —Demi Moore, actress and activist With the power and verity of First They Killed My Father and A Long Way Gone, Rachel Lloyd’s riveting survivor story is the true tale of her hard-won escape from the commercial sex industry and her bold founding of GEMS, New York City’s Girls Education and Mentoring Service, to help countless other young girls escape "the life." Lloyd’s unflinchingly honest memoir is a powerful and unforgettable story of inhuman abuse, enduring hope, and the promise of redemption.

A Long Way from Home

Author: Cathy Glass

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008275939

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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The true story of 2 year-old Anna, abandoned by her natural parents, left alone in a neglected orphanage.

The Silent Cry

Author: Cathy Glass

Publisher: HarperElement

ISBN: 9780008153717

Category: Children of mentally ill mothers

Page: 320

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The heartbreaking true story of a young, troubled mother who needed help. The sixteenth fostering memoir by Cathy Glass. It is the first time Laura has been out since the birth of her baby when Cathy sees her in the school playground. A joyful occasion but Cathy has the feeling something is wrong. By the time she discovers what it is, it is too late. This is the true story of Laura whose life touches Cathy's in a way she could never have foreseen. It is also the true stories of little Darrel, Samson and Hayley who she fosters when their parents need help. Some stories can have a happy ending and others cannot, but as a foster carer Cathy can only do her best.

They Cage the Animals at Night

The True Story of an Abandoned Child's Struggle for Emotional Survival

Author: Jennings Michael Burch

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0451489519

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 1099

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Shuttled through a bleak series of foster homes, orphanages, and institutions, Jennings never remained in any of them long enough to make a friend. Here, in his own words, Jennings Michael Burch reveals the abuse and neglect he experienced during his lost childhood. But while his experiences are both shocking and devastating, his story is ultimately one of hope - the triumphant tale of a forgotten child who somehow found the courage to reach out for love and found it waiting for him.

A Child Called It

One Child's Courage to Survive

Author: Dave Pelzer

Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.

ISBN: 0757396070

Category: Self-Help

Page: 195

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This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it." Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive--dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.

Toxic Parents

Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life

Author: Susan Forward

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0307575322

Category: Self-Help

Page: 320

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Dr. Susan Forward's Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them. When you were a child... Did your parents tell you were bad or worthless? Did your parents use physical pain to discipline you? Did you have to take care of your parents because of their problems? Were you frightened of your parents? Did your parents do anything to you that had to be kept secret? Now that you are an adult... Do your parents still treat you as if you were a child? Do you have intense emotional or physical reactions after spending time with your parents? Do your parents control you with threats or guilt? Do they manipulate you with money? Do you feel that no matter what you do, it's never good enough for your parents? In this remarkable self-help guide, Dr. Susan Forward drawn on case histories and the real-life voices of adult children of toxic parents to help you free yourself from the frustrating patterns of your relationship with your parents -- and discover an exciting new world of self-confidence, inner strength, and emotional independence.