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The Saddest Girl In The World | Hardback

Released on 06 April 2009

Author: Cathy Glass | Format: Hardback

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with her two young brothers for three weeks when she is abruptly moved to Cathy's. When Donna arrives she is silent, withdrawn and walks with her shoulders hunched forward and her head down.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

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 brilliant as always

| | See all sunnysue's reviews (3)

I have read all Cathy Glass books (i had only ever read Adrian Mole books before!!!) and i have to say all are equally brillant. As the the post says very hard to put this and the other books down. I have cried after reading all her books but don't be put off by this!!
Can't wait till the next one!!!

 Same as the others!!!

| | See all Straighttalker's reviews (2)

I agree with the previous review but to be honest I wish I hadn't bought it as it is the same as her previous 3. The book in itself is ok, but I do feel that Cathy is quite critical of people at times which makes her appear as though she is above them. I'd recommend you borrow it from the library.

 Absolutely Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

| | See all battyboop's reviews (6)

This book is absolutely amazing, as ever with cathy's books they are always hard to put down. So guys buy buy buy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you haven't read her previous books then you should deffinetly give then a read.

 The Saddest Girl in the World

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Well done cathy, yet another brilliant book!!!! I have read them all and admire your patience, your determination and your sheer dedication to these children. You are a fabulous mum and carer and should be so proud of all you have achieved. You are my inspiration!! This book is fantastic, read it and see for yourselves.

 The Saddest Girl In The World

| | See all SharonClark's reviews (2)

Like all of Cathys books, it is amazing. I feel like I know Cathy and her family, as well as the children she has written about. I have found all of her books hard to put down once I start to read them.

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AuthorCathy Glass
PublisherHarpercollins Publishers (United Kingdom)
FormatHARDBACK - 320 Pages