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Book review-My dads a policeman by Cathy Glass

Recently I read my dads a policeman. Its by Cathy Glass. Its a short read at only 100 pages. Its Cathy Glass’s first short story.
The story is based on a true story. It centres around Ryan, who is a 12 year old boy. His mom is an alcoholic and because of her drinking Ryan and his little brother Tommy are taken into care. Ryan doesnt want to go into care. When his social worker Duffy talks to him about it, he becomes agitated and very angry and ends up punching her in the face. Ryan is in trouble a lot because of his temper, also, even though he’s never seen his real dad, he wants to believe his dads a policeman, and he tells everyone this, even duffy his social worker. Duffy wants to split him and Tommy up and Ryan wants them to stay together. However that doesnt happen when they’re taken into foster care. So Ryan decides to run away from his foster hom and go home. He also wants to rescue Tommy. He runs away when his foster mom is sleeping. He finds his way home to his moms house, but then his foster mom finds him gone and calls the police. They come to his mothers house and try to get him to go with him, however he again runs away, and this time, they dont catch him. He ends up calling his best friend and spending the night in his house. His best friends dad is abusive and beats up and verbally abuses his kids. After spending the night with his best friend, Ryan tries to rescue Tommy, however Tommy wont go with him, he’s happy with his new foster carers. Ryan hangs around the town all day and then tries to go back to his friends house for a shower and to charge his phone. It is then that he sees the dad beating up his best friend. Eventually Ryan goes back to his moms and his mom talks to him and pleads with him to go back to his foster mom and dad, so she can go into rehab and get better. The book ends with her going into rehab, with Ryan going back to his foster mom and dad, and Tommy ends up coming to live with Ryan and his foster family. Ryans best friend ends up also going into care. At the end of the book Ryan finds out that his foster dad is a policeman, so it turns out that in the end, his dad is a policeman.
Its a great short read. I highly recommend it to everyone.

my creative writing and a challenge to others also

Yesterday I started a creative writing class. As one of the exercises we were given a story to write, using 3 words, a person, place, and a feeling. My words were
a woman
a cup of coffee
sadness

Here is what I came up with as a story using these words…

the coffee shop had just opened. Sarah sat by herself. Her thoughts were all over the place. she felt an intense sadness. However she could not relate the sadness she felt to any one thing. She decided to buy herself a cup of coffee. As she walked up to the cash register, she saw another woman looking at her. The woman smiled at her. Sarah kept her eyes down. She didnt want the woman to see how unhappy she felt inside. As she passed the woman reached out her hand, touched sarahs arm and said hi. Sarah began to cry but hid her tears and quickly ran to the cashier and payed for her cup of coffee. Sitting alone at a table she began to drink it. Her thoughts turned to the recent death she’d had in her family. Her beloved aunt had died recently. She’d been so close to her aunt. They’d sat for hours, talking, watching movies, and just being with each other, they didnt have to speak how they felt, they both had an uncanny way of reading each others feelings. Oh how she missed her aunt. As she sipped the last of her coffee, she decided that she was going to do one kind thing for another person, as her aunt always liked to do kind deeds for others. So sarah decided that today was going to be her day. She would try to be kind to someone, in the hopes that doing a good turn for someone else would bring her happiness, and closeness to her aunt.

We only had five minutes to write this story. Now I challenge you my readers. Write a short piece of about 200 or 300 words using these words
A little girl
New york
Excitement

Go on, Go for it!