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Three Little Words: A Memoir

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Harrowing foster child memoir for mature readers.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

Three little words review!

i think it was a great book
age 17+

MUST READ if you are considering Social Work!

Loved it, but had a really hard time getting through the first 1/2. I was in tears and had to put the book down several times. I adopted a 10 year old out of the foster care system and this book made me want to adopt 7 more! The reason I put 17+ is because if a child is thinking about choosing Social Work as a career these are the things they will be dealing with. Other that that I think this is an adult book, that will move you to want to help the children stuck in the system.

Is It Any Good?

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The first half of this book is just disturbing and horrifying, the more so because readers know that it's true, and actually happened to the little girl in the pictures at the back. It's for teens only, and even they might wonder why they are reading something so miserable. But as a story, that first half perfectly sets up Rhodes-Courter's courageous battles and triumphant successes in the second half, leaving the readers feeling strongly connected to the author and deeply satisfied by her accomplishments.

The author spares no one, least of all herself, and in her plain, straightforward, unadorned prose her anger is palpable and fully justified. But her determination and strength of character prevent her from wallowing in blame and indignation, instead turning this into a story of hope and triumph as she rises from the ashes of her ruined childhood to become a best-selling author and spokesperson for the protection of foster and adopted children. If you can get through the harrowing first half, you will find yourself astonished and uplifted.

Book Details

  • Author: Ashley Rhodes-Courter
  • Genre: Autobiography
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Atheneum
  • Publication date: January 1, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 14
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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