/ Key title Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass. / Perfect for Mother's Day promotions. / This is the first memoir of its kind by a foster carer. A powerful, moving story of one woman's love for a little girl abandoned by everyone else. Cathy's story will reveal shocking neglect and failure by the Social Services. / Extensive publicity anticipated -- Cathy is an excellent spokesperson and author, and this book has all the ingredients to become another 'Little Prisoner'. The book's contemporary, real-life story (Jodie is still in a home), and focus on caring and women's issues, will also have a wide media appeal. / Serialisation interest is strong. / Amongst other activity we will target the numerous fostering organisations, charities, agencies, and specialist publications, to promote, market and distribute the book. / Competition: Jenny Tomlin's Behind Closed Doors (Hodder & Stoughton, 2005, 0340837926), Jane Elliot's The Little Prisoner (Harper Element, 2005, 0007208936 , The Kid (Kevin Lewis, Penguin, 2004, 0141014628), Dave Pelzer's The Lost Boy (Orion, 2001, 0752879650)
Cathy Glass has been a foster carer for over 20 years, during which time she has looked after more than 50 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. Cathy has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement. David Haviland is an experienced journalist and ghostwriter as well as being a freelance script editor for a number of leading film and television companies.