The Girl No One Wanted

Author: Maggie Hartley
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1409177041
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Eleven-year-old Leanne is out of control. Since being taken into care at the age of three, she has had over forty placements, each carer less able to cope with her anger and destruction than the last. Late one night, foster carer Maggie Hartley receives a terrified call from Leanne's current placement, who has barricaded herself in her bathroom to protect herself from Leanne's rage. With the police on standby, Maggie manages to diffuse the situation but Leanne is left without a home once more. Maggie is Leanne's only hope. But this is her last chance. If this placement fails, she will have to be put in a secure unit. Then Leanne threatens Maggie with a knife and makes accusations against her that have to be investigated by Maggie's superiors. Where most others would simply walk away, Maggie refuses to give up on the little girl who's never known love. Can Maggie get through to Leanne and begin to help her heal? Will the girl no one wanted find her forever home?

The Girl Nobody Wants

Author: Lilly O'Brien
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1780880332
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You only get one chance to live your life as a child, but Lily was never given that chance; her childhood was taken from her before it ever begun. From the age of four, when she was first sexually abused, her life changed forever; when she walked through the institution’s doors in Ireland, her life continued along the same path that has destroyed her soul. Her emotional pain is as strong today as it was the day it began and will never leave her alone.“When I go to sleep it’s in my head and when I wake up I can see it in the mirror and I am only waiting to die.” A child abuse story that will stay with you forever and one that you will talk about for many years to come, The Girl Nobody Wants is a harrowing true story that will appeal to fans of biographies and fans of Jodi Picoult. It has been compared to Dave Pelzer’s A Child Called It, Damaged by Cathy Glass and The Kid by Kevin Lewis.

The Girls from Ames

Author: Jeffrey Zaslow
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101222980
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The instant New York Times bestseller, now in paperback: a moving tribute to female friendships, with the inspiring story of eleven girls and the ten women they became, from the coauthor of the million-copy bestseller The Last Lecture As children, they formed a special bond, growing up in the small town of Ames, Iowa. As young women, they moved to eighth different states, yet they managed to maintain an extraordinary friendship that would carry them through college and careers, marriage and motherhood, dating and divorce, the death of a child, and the mysterious death of the eleventh member of their group. Capturing their remarkable story, The Girls from Ames is a testament to the enduring, deep bonds of women as they experience life's challenges, and the power of friendship to overcome even the most daunting odds. The girls, now in their forties, have a lifetime of memories in common, some evocative of their generation and some that will resonate with any woman who has ever had a friend. The Girls from Ames demonstrates how close female relationships can shape every aspect of women's lives-their sense of themselves, their choice of men, their need for validation, their relationships with their mothers, their dreams for their daughters-and reveals how such friendships thrive, rewarding those who have committed to them. With both universal events and deeply personal moments, it's a book that every woman will relate to and be inspired by.

Because I am a Girl

Author: Deborah Moggach
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409089169
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Because I am a girl I am less likely to go to school Because I am a girl I am more likely to suffer from malnutrition Because I am a girl I am more likely to suffer violence in the home Because I am a girl I am more likely to marry and start a family before I reach my twenties. Eight authors have visited eight different countries and spoken to young women and girls about their lives, struggles and hopes. The result is an extraordinary collection of writings about prejudice, abuse, and neglect, but also about courage, resilience and changing attitudes. Proceeds from sales of this book will go to PLAN, one of the world's largest child-centered community development organisations.

Nice Girl

Author: Rachael Jane Chin
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1458795888
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The story of Australian Keli Lane, water polo champion and elite private school teacher, who did not want children, yet became pregnant 5 times in 7 years. She had two abortions and three births. At no time did her family, friends and lovers know that Keli was pregnant. Two babies were adopted and one, Tegan Lane went missing. Keli has been charged with her murder. Tegan Lane went missing in 1996 and is now presumed dead. Most people would describe the baby's mother, Keli Lane, as a nice girl. She comes from a solid, popular middle class family in the Sydney suburb of Manly. Keli's father was once one of Manly's most successful first grade rugby union coaches. In her teens and early twenties, Keli was an elite water polo player who represented her state and her country. But at the peak of her sporting career, Keli secretly gave birth three times. Despite the fact that she was living at home with her parents and was in a long - term relationship with first grade rugby player, both her parents and Duncan claim they had no idea she had ever been pregnant. Keli Lane's extraordinary double life was exposed after Keli made false claims about her third child to an adoption agency. This led the NSW Department of Community Services to check on her history and it was discovered that, as well as having given birth to a first baby, who was adopted out, she had also given birth to a second - baby Tegan - in Sydney's Auburn Hospital on September 12, 1996. But Tegan had apparently disappeared. There was no birth certificate and no other records relating to her in any government database, school or adoption agency. Keli has consistently claimed that Tegan is alive and living with her father, but her story is now considered to be unreliable. In this probing, investigative work, Rachael Chin sifts through Keli's background for answers to this most baffling of cases. This book explores all this and more, providing a valuable backdrop to a fascinating and bizarre case.

You Own The Power

Author: Rosemary Altea
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448116910
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You already own the power to give healing, to tap your creativity, to become more intuitive. Have you longed to communicate with your loved ones who have passed over into the spirit world? You were born with the power - it's your birthright. But how do you access it?Now Rosemary Altea shows you how. In her first work of self-help, the New York Times bestselling author of Proud Spirit offers tested and proven exercises that focus on relaxation, visualisation and positive thinking as well as savouring our senses, developing intuition and becoming aware of energy.Woven in with this rich 'how-to' tapestry are miraculous stories of the spirit world: the time Rosemary spoke to one of the victims of TWA Flight 800; her chilling conversation with two brothers who died in a Nazi concentration camp; and much more.

Blasphemy

Author: Asia Bibi
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748132538
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Punjab, Pakistan, June 2009. The temperature is 45° and Asia has been out picking fruit for several hours. It's exhausting, sweaty work, but Asia and her husband have five children to feed. At midday she goes to the nearest well, picks up a cup and takes a long drink of cool water. She refills the cup, drinks some more and then offers it to another woman. Suddenly one of her fellow workers cries out that the water belongs to the Muslim women and that with her actions, Asia - who is Christian - has contaminated it. An argument ignites and in an instant, with one word, Asia's fate is sealed. 'Blasphemy!' someone shouts. In Pakistan this is a charge punishable by death. First attacked by a mob, Asia was soon after thrown into prison and then sentenced to be hanged. Since then she has been kept in a windowless cell. Her family have had to flee their village, under threat from vengeful extremists. In the wave of accusation that followed, only two public figures came to Asia's defence: the Muslim governor of the Punjab and Pakistan's Christian Minister for Minorities. Both have since been brutally murdered. Here, in equal measures shocking and inspiring, Asia Bibi, who has become a symbol for everyone concerned with ending the violence committed in the name of religion, bravely speaks to us from her prison cell.

A Groom of Her Own

Author: Irene Hannon
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1459281322
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GUESTS AT THE WEDDING Watching her best friend get married, lovely widow Samantha Reynolds wondered if she'd ever speak those solemn vows again. Though wary, part of her still longed for a husband and family. But it would take a very special man for Samantha to trust her heart once more… From the moment minister Brad Matthews saw Samantha at the wedding, he wanted to be the husband of her dreams. But Samantha had a devastating secret and, once revealed, Brad would face the greatest challenge of his faith: to forgive…and forge a future with this unforgettable woman. VOWS: Three friends with secrets in their past find the courage to love, honor and cherish three wonderful men!

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Author: Junot Díaz
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101147306
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Winner of: The Pulitzer Prize The National Book Critics Circle Award The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award The Jon Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize A Time Magazine #1 Fiction Book of the Year One of the best books of 2007 according to: The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, People, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Salon, Baltimore City Paper, The Christian Science Monitor, Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, New York Public Library, and many more... Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.