Three Little Words

Three Little Words

A Memoir

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the author's painful childhood in a series of foster homes, her deteriorating relationship with her emotionally unstable mother, abuse at the hands of a foster family, and her subsequent efforts to advocate for an improved foster care system.

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Growing up in 14 foster homes, dealing with 44 caseworkers, coping with abusive treatment and constantly changing surroundings, a young girl finds the inner strength she needs to come out of the depths of the foster system and grow to become a success in her own right, in a powerful memoir for young adult readers. Reprint.

Simon and Schuster
An inspiring true story of the tumultuous nine years Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent in the foster care system, and how she triumphed over painful memories and real-life horrors to ultimately find her own voice.

"Sunshine, you're my baby and I'm your only mother. You must mind the one taking care of you, but she's not your mama." Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes, living by those words. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster care system.

Painful memories of being taken away from her home quickly become consumed by real-life horrors, where Ashley is juggled between caseworkers, shuffled from school to school, and forced to endure manipulative, humiliating treatment from a very abusive foster family. In this inspiring, unforgettable memoir, Ashley finds the courage to succeed - and in doing so, discovers the power of her own voice.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, c2008
Edition: 1st Simon Pulse pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9781416948070
Branch Call Number: 362.733092 Rhode
Characteristics: 304 p. : ill


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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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