Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
A Memoir

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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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Ashley Rhodes-Courter wrote this book as a way to piece together the puzzle of her past and also to thank those who step up for child welfare issues every day. An advocate for adoption and foster care reform, twenty-two-year-old Ashley has been featured in Teen People, Glamour, and USA Today. This memoir began as an essay, also titled "Three Little Words," which won a writing contest for students, and ran in New York Times Magazine. Ashley lives in Florida and is a recent graduate from Eckerd College.
Published June 20, 2008 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 321 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships, Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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This heartbreaking memoir recounts 21-year-old Rhodes-Courter's horrific experience while living in Florida's foster-care system.

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Common Sense Media

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.

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Kidz World

Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in foster care, before finding her forever family.

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Project MUSE

Ashley Rhodes was, with her younger half-brother, removed from her mother's home by Florida's Department of Children's Services when she was three, and ...

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