Three Little Words

A Memoir

By Ashley Rhodes-Courter
(Atheneum Books, Hardcover, 9781416948063, 304pp.)

Publication Date: January 2008

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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.

About the Author
Ashley Rhodes-Courter has been featured in "Teen People", "The New York Times", "USA TODAY", and "Glamour", as well as on "Good Morning America". Her first memoir, "Three Little Words", began as an essay, which won a writing contest for high school students, and was published in "The New York Times Magazine". She is also the author of "Three More Words". A graduate of Eckerd College and a champion for the reformation of the foster care system, Ashley speaks internationally on foster care and adoption. Visit her at
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