Three Little Words

Three Little Words
A Memoir

By Ashley Rhodes-Courter
Ages: 14 and up
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, January 2008
Hardcover, 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1416948066
ISBN-13: 9781416948063

 

“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.

 

 

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)

 

© 2013 Ashley Rhodes-Courter