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Summary

Aged nine Joss came home from school to discover her father's suicide. She's never got over it.

This is the true story of Joss, 13, who is angry and out of control. At the age of nine, Joss finds her father's dead body. He has committed suicide. Then her mother remarries, and Joss bitterly resents her stepfather, who abuses her mentally and physically.

Cathy takes Joss under her wing, but will she ever be able to get through to the warm-hearted girl she sees glimpses of underneath the vehement outbreaks of anger that dominate the house? And will Cathy be able to build up Joss' trust so she can learn the full truth of the terrible situation.

©2015 Cathy Glass (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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cathy glass repairs another shattered life

Where does Girl Alone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

ranks very highly

What other book might you compare Girl Alone to, and why?

cut and will you love me because of its frankness honesty and compassion

Have you listened to any of Denica Fairman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

another great read from Denica would love to meet this lady as its clear she loves her job.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

a tangle of family tragedy which can only be repaired by love and care.

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cathy glass does it again with her frank and at times I feel deeply moving account of another child's life torn apart by family tragedy. using good old fashioned care honesty and love cathy has to pick up the pieces but this time the rule book is thrown out the window from the start. this book is also made all the better by the wonderful narration of Denica fairman.

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Superb!

Would you listen to Girl Alone again? Why?

Very well written and narrated, fascinating story, and with unexpected revelation near the end .

What was one of the most memorable moments of Girl Alone?

The moment when Joss revealed the real reason why she had come into care.

Which character – as performed by Denica Fairman – was your favourite?

Cathy

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A great book but very upsetting at times

As usual Cathy has produced a great account of her fostering memoirs. Joss' story was very upsetting at times because of the amount of times she was failed. There needs to be a massive improvement in how social workers support the foster carer and parent(s). When the foster and biological parents are both agreeing that a child should have particular boundaries in place, eg. the time they can arrive home, then the social worker should fully support those decisions, not over ride them putting the child at risk. I don't agree at all with the current practice that foster carers are not allowed to lock the door to stop a child leaving the property, they cannot be expected to keep a child safe effectively if they don't have any rights to prevent unsafe behaviours. Personally I feel that most social workers who aren't parents themselves are very ineffective and do not have the experience required to properly understand and advise what boundaries are appropriate. I've had to deal with SW's fir many years now(due to my step children being neglected by their mum and them being put on Child in Need or child protection many times over the last 12 years. Some SW's I have found are very good at supporting and advising, however some we have dealt with really haven't had a clue what is appropriate!! A few were completely useless as they were too scared of the loud spoken mother to tell her that the things she was doing were very seriously putting the children at risk of serious harm or death!!There is so much needs to change jn social work to ensure that children are properly protected from any abuse and to ensure that parents, step parents, grandparents and foster carers are all listened to and supported and advised properly.

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Another winner!

Another great book by Cathy Glass - a remarkable woman who is without doubt an inspiration and a beacon of light for troubled children

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amazing

I love all her books and this was amazing as always. glad people like her exist

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amazing storyline

I could relate to this very easily due to a close friend experiencing with there daughter x very heart breaking but strong story

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Wow

Absolutely amazing book so into this book and audiobook I have read all the Cathy glass books they are amazing.

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Another Gem

Couldn't stop listening, I just love these books. I hope Cathy can keep writing them as fast as I am listening to them.

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Loved it 😍

Loved it but I love all Cathy Glass books definitely recommend to listen to her books

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I would recommend

This book is written so well and you feel apart of the story. Although it is tragic, it has taught me a lot about foster families.

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  • 22-06-18

Great!

This book was very well written. It did need a trigger warning though. About half way through there is a rape. Other than the lack of warning this book was great. 10/10 recommend.

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  • Brian Lee
  • 17-05-22

another fabulous book by Cathy Glass

I loved this book.. I love the way that Cathy glass writes and you learn so much about parenting teaching children in any capacity!

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  • Jen
  • 10-04-20

Bravo

Every performance is great but this is the best.:. So far. Anyone know what book talks about Lucy after she got pregnant?

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  • SushisArmy
  • 21-03-19

joss deserved love

Thank you, Cathy, for helping Joss. Because of you, she was able to turn her life around and reveal why her heart was heavy. Well Done!

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  • Emmapez77
  • 24-09-15

great as always.

loved this. struggled with the whiney voice of joss initially. but soon got into the story line, and couldn't stop listening.

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