Girl Alone Joss Came Home from School to Discover Her Father's Suicide. Angry and Hurting, She's Out of Control.
£7.99 saving £1.60 (20%)
Please login (or signup) to download the extract
You will need to Sign Up or Login before you can download a book extract.
To Sign Up all you need to do is give us your email address and a password and let us know the types of books you like. Thank you.
This is an achingly sad yet compelling tale, Cathy Glass, foster mother to over 150 children over 25 years, has written a number of books under a pseudonym. Not only does she reveal a heartbreaking story in ‘Girl Alone’, she also gives an insight into the thoughts and feelings of everyone involved in the fostering process. The clear, simple style, highlights the agony and devastating consequences of a child spiralling out of control. Joss is one one of the author’s most challenging foster children, 13 years old, drinking, taking drugs, associating with adult men and determined to have her own way. It is fascinating to see the affect Joss has, not only on the author, but also the other children in the household and how Cathy Glass, the police and social services manage this troubled young girl. As I read and after I had finished this heart-rending true account, I found myself hurting for Joss, questioning the system and full of admiration for the author. ~ Liz Robinson
In addition to our expert opinion, a small number of our Lovereading reader review panel members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. You can read the full reviews here.
- Hannah Ward - 'These books are so heart touching that I really do admire Cathy and the work that she does...Another fantastic read.'
- Angie Rhodes - 'Cathy is one amazing lady, and to read her books, gives hope to all the children who come into contact with her.'
- Jennifer Moville - 'Girl Alone is the story of Joss - a girl who is put into foster care after her father dies and her mother subsequently remarries.'
- Jane Macleod - 'The story is tragic from the start, but you do gain an insight in to how vulnerable children behave the way they do, and how foster carers are truly special people who give a part of themselves to all the children they take into their care.'
- Edel Waugh - 'Heart-breaking and eye opening it can vividly make you see what goes on behind closed doors and the good people out there fighting against it.'
- Janet Gilliard - 'This is really not a book I would normally read. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.'
- Celeste McCreesh - 'I loved this book, it's based on true events also which I really liked. I read in about a day, I couldn't put it down...'
- Cathy Small - 'A truly heart-breaking story as you see Joss a 13 year old taken into foster care making her life worse by getting into constant trouble...'
Win all the Wolfson History Prize shortlisted books worth £175!
To celebrate the the announcement of the shortlist for The Wolfson History Prize 2017, we have a complete set of the six shortlisted titles, worth £175 (rrp) to give away to 3 lucky winners. To have a chance of winning one of these wonderful prizes, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter. Draw closes on 2 May 2017. The winners will be chosen randomly from all entrants and will be notified by 14 May 2017.
Girl Alone Joss Came Home from School to Discover Her Father's Suicide. Angry and Hurting, She's Out of Control. by Cathy Glass
Aged nine Joss came home from school to discover her father's suicide. She's never gotten 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 step-father 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's trust so she can learn the full truth of the terrible situation?
About the Author
Publication date10th September 2015
More books by Cathy Glass
Author 'Like for Like'
Author's Facebook Latest
PublisherHarper Element an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Adoption & fostering
Coping with death & bereavement
The books for review are always great reads, brilliantly written, and introduces me to a huge variety of, established and new, authors.Lesley Hart
For me, to read is to learn, to reflect, to escape, to think, to contemplate and my time for space and calm.Sally Ellsmore
I love 'try before you buy' extracts. I love the wide range of authors & genres. I love the author info. I love books!Judi Davies
As for why I'd recommend Lovereading, it's simple - it's a great place to get information and reviews about new books!Margaret Freeman
I read new, exciting writers and established authors before publication and there is a great website full of brilliant books and opinions.Lynda
Love Reading - it not only does what it says on the tin, it does it with Jam on!!Maz Tucker
They are bright, breezy and eager to offer a great book, then genuinely listen/respect the review one writes.Maggie Crane
I love the honest opinions, recommendations for every genre and every reader, wish lists and Like for Like.Amrita Dasgupta