As the middle of five kids growing up in dire poverty, the odds were low onKatriona O'Sullivan making anything of her life. She became a mother at 15 andended up homeless. Five rackety years followed - barely coping, drinking toescape - until Katriona, now living in her father's native Dublin, hit rock bottom.Poor is the extraordinary story - moving, funny, brave, and sometimes startling -of how Katriona turned her life around. During her schooldays there had beenteachers who looked out for her - beacons of stability in a chaotic childhood.They planted seeds of self-belief. In Dublin when she sought help, she foundmentors whose encouragement revived that self-belief. She got her act together,got a flat and a job as a cleaner, and got into Trinity College. Today Dr KatrionaO'Sullivan is an award-winning lecturer whose work explores barriers toeducation.Despite her professional success, and happiness in her marriage and as aloving mother, Katriona lives with the indelible legacy of her early years. Herbook is a stirring argument for the importance of looking out for our kids, ofgiving them hope, practical support and meaningful opportunities.