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Mummy Told Me Not to Tell

The true story of a troubled boy with a dark secret

By Cathy Glass

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Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 14 October 2010
When Reece arrives at Cathy's door aged 7 years old, he has already passed through the hands of four different carers in four weeks. As the details of his short life emerge, it becomes clear that to help him, Cathy will face her biggest challenge yet. The latest title from the author of Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Damaged. Reece is the last of six siblings to be fostered. Having been in care for four months his aggressive and disruptive behaviour has seen him passed from carer to carer. Although only 7, he has been excluded from school, and bites people so often that his mother calls him 'Sharky'. Cathy wants to find the answers for Reece's distressing behaviour, but he has been sworn to secrecy by his mother, and will not tell them anything. As the social worker prepares for the final hearing, he finds five different files on Reece's family, and is incredulous that he had not been removed from them as a baby. When the darkest of family secrets is revealed to Cathy, Reece's behaviour suddenly starts to make sense, and together they can begin to rebuild his life.


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.


REVIEWS FOR DAMAGED: 'Cannot fail to move those who read it.'Adoption-net `Heartbreaking.'Mirror `A truly harrowing read that made me cry.'Sun 'A true tale of hope. ****.'OK! `Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass's book should change all that.****'First magazine `A hugely touching and emotional true tale.'Star magazine

EAN: 9780007362967
ISBN: 000736296X
Publisher: Harper Element
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.4 centimetres (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Meagan Gentle on
Cathy Glass is an amazing writer whose story of Reece made me laugh and cry throughout the book.
If you have read and enjoyed Cathy’s other books of the children she has provided care for, you will know to expect another sad but (I think) still uplifting story.
The manner in which Cathy writes of course portrays the horrors that Reece has experienced (although only those that have been seen by social services or disclosed by himself or siblings, and there would be many more horrors not yet known). However, Cathy also shows the remarkable progress a child can make once placed in a supportive and stable home.
Thanks again Cathy for yet another well written book. Looking forward to the next!

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