Notable Reviews

“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 of The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir
“Nine years in the foster care system could ruin a kid. But [Ashley] not only survived, she’s thrived.” –Teen People
“The author’s ability to form intelligent, open-minded conclusions about her traumatic childhood demonstrates her remarkable control and insight, and although there are plenty of wrenching moments, she succeeds not in attracting pity but in her stated intention, of drawing attention to the children who currently share the plight that she herself overcame.”    — 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. This gifted young writer’s moving and eye-opening story will especially appeal to fans of Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle and David Pelzer’s autobiographical books.”
— School Library Journal


Awards and Nominations

  • CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book,
  • Gateway Readers Award Nominee (MO),
  • Georgia Peach Book Award Master List
  • Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee
  • Volunteer State Book Award Master List (TN)


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