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I’ve just finished this amazing book. It was heartbreaking. But also a very enjoyable read, as are all of Cathy Glass’s books. This book was about a 10 year old called Dawn, Dawns family had been involved with social workers for 3 years before they were finaly taken into care. Dawn and her younger brothers were living together, but Dawn had to be moved, due to some problems with her siblings. So she came to live with Cathy and her family. It was while she lived there that the atrosities that she endured while living in her family home all came to light. Her mother was a drug and alcohol user, and frequently beat dawn, and expected her to clean their filthy house, never showed her any effection or was emotionally available to her. Dawn had a 14 year old sister who refused to go into care, and continued living with her abusive mother. Dawns father was a paranoid schizophrenic and it was usually Dawn who reminded him to take his medication. It came to light during the book that her mother had been hiding his medication. Also her mother had allowed dawns brothers to beat her when the house wasnt cleaned properly. Her mother would only abuse the boys when they got on her nerves, most of her abuse was directed towards Dawn, who seemed to be the scapegoat in the family. It came to light throughout the book that the mother was sexually abusive towards the boys also. During the story both Dawns teenage sister chelsea and also her mom both got pregnant, and both of their babies were taken from them into foster care. The book has a happy ending as Dawn got a permanent family, she was dual heritage her dad was black, so she went to live with a black family. In the early days of her stay with Cathy she’d have tremendous anger outbursts after contact with her family, which was taking place 3 times a week. Also she displayed hurtful behaviour towards Cathys own kids. Deep down though Dawn was a very hurt and traumatised little girl, who just wanted a family, and wanted to be loved. It was a fascinating book and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the foster care system, or anyone who enjoys non fiction true life stories. This story is a testament to what the human spirit can survive and the odds that some children have to face each and every day. My next book review will be something of a different kind of book, as I am going to take a break from real life stories and do a review of a book called bulimics on bulimia, which deals with bulimia from the sufferers perspective. So look out for that in the not to distant future. Carol anne

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