Three Little Words

Three Little Words

A Memoir

Book - 2008
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Ashley spent nine years in foster care after being taken away from her mother. She endured many caseworkers, moving from school to school and manipulative, humiliating and abusive treatment from one foster family. See how she survives and eventually thrives against the odds.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781416948063
Branch Call Number: B Rhod
Characteristics: 304 p. : ill. ; cm.


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May 30, 2018

This true story should be a must read on your list. The author does an excellent job of using words in describing her experience with the Department of Child Welfare Services and the need for more people to step up and help. My sister was a CASA worker and did a really good job of it. I have had friends who were foster parents, who grew to love the children they fostered enough to want to adopt them. Some of them accomplished the adoption; but today it is very hard to achieve. It is a miracle these children are not damaged for the rest of their lives with what they have lived through.

Aug 01, 2015

I wasn't sure I was going to be able to handle this story when I came upon it on the library stand recently, and yet it beckoned to me, as if the book itself had wings. I'm so glad it did. Yes, it's a painfully difficult story to read, and yes, it's about as illuminating and inspiring as a story can be. I am not the same person on the other side of this read. Now, I'm in hot pursuit of Ashley's most recent memoir "Three More Words", just out this year. Ashley is an inspiration on many levels, as are her parents, and the many people who sparkled within that floundering foster care system.

Jun 20, 2015

Ashley writes an amazing story of her early years spent in foster care and finally finding a loving adoptive family. It's a heartbreaking yet inspiring story.

Aug 04, 2012

This is a wonderful book. I was amazed to see how resilient Ashley was despite all the trials she had to face.

Jul 02, 2012

This should be required reading for anyone who's worked with children in any capacity, but particularly in any managed care system. I admire Rhodes-Courter, who bravely shares so much of her painful history and turns a challenging situations into triumph. Writing is petulant at times (or perhaps the author, though this is quite understandable give age and circumstances).

itsallieex3 Jun 21, 2012

Great book! Ashley tells about the hardships she faced in foster care, but also how she overcame them, so it's a hopeful and inspiring message. It really opened my eyes to corruption in the foster care system and other problems kids like Ashley have to face.

May 03, 2012

This is a sad recollection of a young girl's experience with the foster care system.

Jan 15, 2012

Definitely reccommend this book to everyone. Amazing read. Ashley is an incredible person who has overcome so much. Graphic detials about her abuse while in the foster care system is appauling, I was in tears many times while reading. Read this book... do it.


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Jul 11, 2012

Rhodes-Courter shares her story from birth to present day and her journey from basically and abandoned child to a dedicated representative for the welfare of children powerless to speak up against inhospitable conditions. She speaks frankly of her relationship with family members, foster care-givers and staff members at institutions. She does not mince words nor should she. The book concludes with Rhodes-Courter turning adversity into triumph.


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