THREE LITTLE WORDS by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

THREE LITTLE WORDS

A Memoir
Age Range: 12 - 15

KIRKUS REVIEW

This heartbreaking memoir recounts 21-year-old Rhodes-Courter’s horrific experience while living in Florida’s foster-care system. She was three when police took her away from her irresponsible mother and placed her in foster care. She endured 13 placements in nine years. Many caseworkers turned a blind eye to the neglect and abuse dispensed by foster families. For instance, one family poured hot sauce down children’s throats as a punishment for misbehaving. The author’s life improved after being adopted at age 12 by Gay and Phil Courter. Through their love and support, she was able to heal. Rhodes-Courter’s anger is evident in her writing as she recalls every injustice and misfortune, while only briefly mentioning major accomplishments that allowed her to meet J.K. Rowling and other notable dignitaries. While this book is not likely to be of interest to casual readers, and the writing is pedestrian, the story is a powerful indictment. The author hopes it will be a source of inspiration and hope to the countless children lost in the foster-care system. (photos, author note) (Nonfiction. 12-15)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4169-4806-3
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Atheneum
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2007




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