"Nobody's Child" Cassie is an eleven year old girl who has been in a children's home since she was four years old. Very bright, Cassie excels in most subjects and can play Brahms and Mozart on the piano at the age of only six. Because of her age nobody wants to adopt her. Mrs Cummings the manager of Auton House is a wicked woman who treats Cassie and the rest in her charge badly and beats her with regularity. One day she is sent to clean out the toilet and bathroom and Mrs Cummings comes along to inspect them. Running a white glove over everything and looking for dirt. When she doesn't find any she then reaches up on the door - Cassie is only three feet six inches tall and was unable to reach up to the top of the door and Mrs Cummings sets about her with a cane. She beats her so badly that Cassie runs at her forcing her back where she hits her head on a wash basin. Cassie in her panic rushes out and runs away.- It is there that she meets Don a ex docker who takes pity on the girl - rea


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“Hello Mr Delap I’m pleased to meet you please come into my office and we will take some details.’

“I am Mrs Pratchet and I am the headmistress of this school.’

“Pleased to meet you said Don.’

Hello, you are Cassie I believe said the headmistress. Dorothy Pratchet had short hair cut in a Cilla Black type bob with a longer length at the front that hung down across each cheek. She was quite attractive looking, slim and well dressed.

Hello Cassie said shyly.’

Please sit and I will fill in the enrolment form.

Don spent twenty minutes filling in the form and after which the headmistress led Cassie to a classroom. “This is going to be your form teacher Cassie she is called Mrs Jennings.’

The head introduced Cassie to the class then ushered Don out into the corridor.

Don told her he worked in the afternoon and asked if she could stay for school meals.

“I don’t think that there will be a problem there Mr Delap.’

Don gave her a pound note then said that if she needed anymore then he would give her it.’

“There is enough for two weeks here Mr Delap; do you wish me to take this?

“Yes please.’

“Your daughter could stay for free meals you know as you are a single parent.’

“No thanks Mrs Pratchet I would rather pay.’

 “That is your prerogative Mr Delap but if you find it a bit of a struggle financially please don’t hesitate to contact me where we can make the necessary arrangements.’


There were twenty five children in her class and Mrs Jennings asked Cassie if she knew anyone in the classroom.

Yes I do, Emily Martin is my friend.’

“Well then said Mrs Jennings pointing to Sandra Hearn who was sitting next to Emily can you could move over and sit with Joyce, Cassie can you sit with Emily.’

Emily smiled as Cassie came and sat next to her.

“Today Children we are going to learn how the Dinosaurs ruled the earth and what led to their extinction.

Heather Stanton handed out the books that had picture of giant beasts that roamed the earth. The tyrannosaurus rex, brontosaurus, stegosaurus, woolly mammoth, and sabre toothed tiger. Early man had to contend with all of these creatures. Many who were not carnivorous but herbivores? Mrs Jennings then went on to say that the first birds were the Pterodactyl and the Dodo bird that was hunted to extinction. The last recorded sightings of the Dodo bird was in 1662 when sailors reported the last pair on the island of Mauritius. Mrs Jennings asked the class id there was any animals that they could think of left from the Jurassic period.

“Elephants said one boy, Giraffe said another.

Cassie put up her hand and Mrs Jennings said go on then Cassie what animals do you think maybe linked to the Jurassic period.’

The crocodile and the great white shark and whales but there are many more, the giant squid, Manatee, and the Komodo dragon; even the Ostrich can be traced back to that time period.

“Very good Cassie how do you know this.’

“I read a lot Mrs Jennings.’

“I want you to imagine that you are a caveman or woman living in the Jurassic period.

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