The Saddest Girl in the World

The Saddest Girl in the World

By Cathy Glass

  • Release Date : 2009-03-20
  • Genre : Biography
  • FIle Size : 2.80 MB
Score: 4.5
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The Saddest Girl in the World The Sunday Times and New York Times 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with her two young brothers for three weeks when she is abruptly moved to Cathy’s. When Donna arrives she is silent, withdrawn and walks with her shoulders hunched forward and her head down.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.

About the author

Cathy has been a foster carer for over 20 years, during which time she has looked after more than 70 children, of all ages and backgrounds. Cathy runs training courses on fostering for her local Social Services, and helps draft new fostering procedures and guidelines. She has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement. The name Cathy Glass is a pseudonym.


  • Brilliant

    By Mrs Sw
    Another brilliant book! Cathy Glass writes so beautifully. A heart warming tale.
  • Fantastic

    By SarahMiv
    Beautifully written, couldn't put it down. Just love Cathys books and the way she deals with the children she fosters. So good to know there are people like her out there
  • Brilliant

    By Sasha Beechey
    Yet another brilliant book Cathy that I could put down. You are an inspiration!! It is good to hear that Donna has grownup into a lovely young lady!
  • Great book

    By Dani198724
    Another great book, 👍
  • Saddest girl in the world

    By Chic44
    Most amazing book ever and I'm not even half way through!!!! Read read read!!!
  • The saddest girl in the world!

    By Claire!xxx
    Amazing. I'm on my 3rd book in less then a week by cathy glass She's a wonderful lady I admire all her work!!
  • Amazing as always!

    By PrincessSiobhan
    I discovered Cathy Glass last year and am hooked! She writes in a way that means you just cannot wait to find out what happens with these amazing children in her care. I downloaded this book late one night,to keep me occupied over a week off work. No such luck. I was awake until 5:30am, reading until I couldn't keep my eyes open. I began as soon as I woke again today. It is now 2:30pm and I am still in bed after finishing the whole book. So much for keeping me busy for the week! I wait in anticipation for Cathy's latest installment. Thank you!
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    By thehappycamper92