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Donna had been in foster care with her two young brothers for three weeks when she was suddenly moved to me with only a few hours notice. When she first arrived she wouldn’t speak – not even to Adrian (10) or Paula (6), and walked with her shoulders hunched forward and her head down; without doubt she was the saddest child I had ever seen. After a while, with lots of patience and encouragement she began to talk about what had happened to her before she came into care. Although the social services were aware that Donna and her brothers had been badly neglected by their alcoholic mother, no one was aware of the true extent of the abuse in the house. As the truth gradually came out Donna’s behaviour deteriorated and it got to the point where I daren’t leave her alone with Adrian or Paula. I continually searched for ways to help but I had to accept that some of her psychological wounds ran so deep that the scars would stay with her forever.

Reviews for The Saddest Girl in the World:

“Donna was so traumatised by the treatment her family meted out to her that she wouldn’t look anyone in the eye and walked with a stoop. This sad tale is moving and shows how patience and understanding will often help the most damaged of children.”
The Sun

“10/10 for this one – it has to be – Cathy writes her book so well she really makes you feel the pain these kids are going through.
Goodreads reviewer

“As with all of Cathy’s other books this one was very hard to put down. Cathy is an inspiration to all, and if you have not read any of her books, I would suggest in doing so.” reviewer

“Like all of Cathy’s 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.” reviewer

“This book is fantastic. It keeps you interested and captivated…definitely worth buying. Whether it be for yourself or others, it’s a must have. I would recommend it to anyone.” reviewer

“I have always found her books to be heart pulling yet brilliant, and this was no exception.” reviewer

“The writing style had a smooth, easy flow… Although it was heart-wrenching, it was also uplifting”
Red Adept Reviews

“This book is truly amazing. Cathy Glass is a genius when it comes to dealing with difficult issues… From the beginning to the end this book captivates you and keeps you going.…” Doubledaybookclub

“A good book if you are looking for an insight into the world of fostering and social work.”
No 1 Magazine