Three Little Words: A Memoir

By Ashley Rhodes-Courter
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8.33 Hours 01/01/2008 unabridged
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“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.

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Summary

Summary

“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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The author’s ability to form intelligent, open-minded conclusions about her traumatic childhood demonstrates her remarkable control and insight.” Publishers Weekly
“Quiet scenes cut deepest: the author’s description of her only after-school visit to a friend’s home lingers heartbreakingly in one’s mind…Moving and eye-opening.” School Library Journal
“Nine years in the foster care system could ruin a kid. But [Ashley Rhodes-Courter] not only survived, she’s thrived.” Teen People
Ashley Rhodes-Courter is triumphant in her quest to overcome insurmountable odds. I celebrate her courage to seek out the best in humanity in spite of its failings.” Victoria Rowell, New York Times bestselling author
“Nine years in the foster care system could ruin a kid. But [Ashley] not only survived, she’s thrived.” Teen People
“[Rhodes-Courter] gives voice to thousands of children who continue to be abused, abandoned, and ignored, and one hopes her book will make a positive difference in their lives.” Booklist
“Ashley gives inspiration to troubled youths who feel as if their lives, actions, and ideas don’t matter.” Dosomething.org

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Author Bio: Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Ashley Rhodes-Courter has been featured in Teen People, the New York Times, USA Today, and Glamour, as well as on Good Morning America. Her first memoir, Three Little Words, began as an essay, which won a writing contest for high school students, and was published in the New York Times Magazine. A graduate of Eckerd College and a champion for the reformation of the foster-care system, Ashley speaks internationally on foster care and adoption.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 8.33
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English