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Summary

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Unfortunately Jodie becomes increasingly withdrawn, and it's clear she needs psychiatric therapy.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.

©2009 Cathy Glass (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishing Limited

Critic reviews

"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)

What listeners say about Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child

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So so touching

A very very upsetting book, I literally had tears in my eyes how anybody could treat a princess like this :( read it you won't put it down I read it in a day!

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Touching

this was my first ever audio book as since getting depression I struggle to concentrate reading.
I will be starting another one straight away by Cathy Glass.
This was beautifully written and beautifully read. I hope all the other readers I listen to in the future are as good as Denika.

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Sad and unimaginable

Such a heart warming story how Jodie must have been hurting inside . Cathy glass deserves a medal on how she handled Jodie it was amazing and she has a heart of gold

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Shocking but what a book

Very good book that is full of parenting tips for foster carers and adopters. Warts and all it is shocking in places.

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TRULY HEARTBREAKING

Jodie’s young life is absolutely heartbreaking the horrendous way she has been treated by her parents (if you can call them that) and others. At 8 year old this wee girl knows words and things no child should ever know or heard. Thank God for Cathy who tells this, in my opinion, the saddest and most disturbing story ever. More disturbing because it is true. The way Cathy handles and cares for Jodie is amazing she is truly an angel and Adrian, Lucy and Paula really make this a fantastic family. Thank you Cathy for another wonderful book. I can’t wait for your new ones.

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Cathy Glass is such a strong woman

This is by far the most harrowing story from Cathy, I have listened to about 10 of Cathy books, but this is by far the most upsetting.
Well done Cathy, you are so strong.

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Amazing!

So glad I chose this for my first audible. Started and finished within a day I was so hooked. Incredibly emotional and touched my heart strings in many ways.

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Heart breaking

I found this book both informative and gripping I felt everything she felt and cried on a number of occasions I look forward to reading the rest of her stories sad but brilliant

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So touching

Another great read and another child saved and shown love and support from Cathy,we need more cathys in the world such an amazing experience foster carer.
Keep doing what your doing for these children xx

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heart breaking

this book was heart breaking, it was hard to put it down . live listening to cathy glass books

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  • 15-05-18

Fabulously written but not for the faint of heart

Coming from someone that works with children with severe trauma, this story touched my heart in so many ways. It was truly a wonderful story about the pain, exhaustion and endless challenges a foster parent faces. The guy wrenching story is sadly one other children face but needs to be heard. It became one of my favorite books almost instantly.

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  • Manuela Hernandez
  • 11-10-18

good book

love it. very detailed.it was very sad aswell. this is my first book w audible.

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  • Karen Moses
  • 27-10-20

this is a horrible story

this is a terrible and horrible true story told with a lot of empathy and love. thank you to all foster carers who do their job well and care for the forgotten and unwanted children.

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  • Joelle walker
  • 09-09-20

approach with caution!

This is a very touching story. Due to the content I would say read with caution. all in all it is a very very good book

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  • Nicole Hutto
  • 20-01-20

sad

heart wrenching example of how the system fails these children. the social workers should've been held responsible.

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  • Tanya Bascur
  • 08-11-18

Heart racing

This was a tough one, I had to stop many times. What a horrid time this child had.
So brave for roughing this one out and giving her some help and hope..

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  • tonya cary
  • 27-10-18

Read, listen

Once again I was formed to stop listening so I could do my daily routine. I would have just prefered just listening to my book.

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  • lauren jordan
  • 28-04-22

Not the only one

So many kids suffer what Jodie has and it makes me just as angry as Cathy. The story was told with compassion and honesty.

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  • Brian Lee
  • 04-04-22

Cathy Glass is such an amazing author!

Yet another snagging book by Cathy Glass! I am a special education teacher and find her books so valuable for my daily work in my profession. She gives wonderful insight on how to handle day to day issues I have with my students. God Bless her.

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  • Grammy Rhoda
  • 06-03-22

Rhoda Vancouver Washington USA

Absolutely incredible Patience and love by Cathy and her family . Very well written, Danika Fairman does a beautiful job on all of Cathy's books . You definitely did not fail her at all. The only complaint I have is Cathy you need to stop smoking Lost my father to lymphoma secondary to lung cancer you don't want to do that to your children The children you look after are so very lucky to have you and your family in their lives I look forward to reading more of your stories God-bless you and yours , Rhoda