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The second book from Sunday Times bestselling author Casey Watson.

Two weeks after saying farewell to her first foster child, Casey is asked to look after Sophia, a troubled 12-year-old with a sad past. Sophia’s actions are disturbing and provocative and, before long, Casey and her family find themselves in a dark and dangerous situation.

Two years ago Sophia’s mother had a terrible accident. Sophia has been in care ever since.

Right away, Casey feels something isn’t right. Sophia’s a well-developed girl, who looks more like 18 than 12. She only seems to have eyes and ears for men, and treats all women with contempt and disgust. And she has everyone around her jumping through hoops.

Over time, as more details begin to emerge about Sophia’s past, it becomes clear that her behaviour is a front for an early life filled with pain and suffering. But although Casey feels she is gradually breaking through to Sophia and getting her to open up about things she has never spoken about before, her violence is threatening the safety of the whole family, forcing Casey to question whether she can really handle this lost and damaged girl.

Both shocking and inspiring, this true story will shed new light on the extreme and sometimes dangerous nature of foster care.

Includes a sample chapter of Little Prisoners.

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  • Editeur : Harper Element (2 février 2012)
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15 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x971b5c18) étoiles sur 5 Hard to understand 14 mars 2016
Par dew - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Her passive response to this incredibly sick girl, almost led to her death. Pushing her down the stairs, brutally being beaten by her, her son too scared to live there, these were clues that you call the social services and have a psychotic teen admitted to a mental ward. I did not believe for a minute she resisted common sense to protect the child. She kept her because she couldn't believe she could fail and be out maneuvered by a 12 year old. Well she was be cause the child was begging for professional help, not smothering , mothering, love. She needed serious help and Casey refused to give up until the child slashed her wrists. Her stubborn pride and stupidity were irritating , making this story hard to read without being frustrated and wanting to tell Casey for God's sake give her to a psychiatrist and admit defeat.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x971b5e64) étoiles sur 5 Crying for Help - Casey Watson 21 novembre 2012
Par Jolichayn - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This is the second of three books by Casey Watson that I have read. Casey, a foster carer for children who have suffered abuse, writes as though she is talking to you and has a really great way of telling it how it is, warts, bad language and all. The content is indeed shocking but Casey and her family seem absolutely the right people to be caring for these children until they can be found permanent foster parents. It is a very confronting book, especially when read from the comfort of an ordinary, loving family home and it is hard to believe that there are children who are suffering so much at the hands of their parents (in this case, at the hands of a mother with mental health issues and a non-supportive family). Not a book for the faint-hearted but a timely reminder that not everyone's lives are full of love and laughter.
15 internautes sur 18 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x971b5e28) étoiles sur 5 A scary but uplifting story of a girl with undiagnosed mental illness and the struggles of a family to help her become 'normal'. 23 mars 2012
Par T. L. Johnson - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
The tenacity of the Watson family, and mom Casey in particular, is simply amazing given all that they went through with this, their second foster child. They knew Sophia had problems stemming from finding her mother nearly dead after a suicide attempt - an attempt that left her in a permanent vegetative state. They knew Sophia had been born with Addison's disease, a hormone deficiency that requires her to take medications multiple times a day, and that missing even one dose could be fatal. What they didn't know, what nobody was fully aware of, was that Sophia's problems went much deeper than what could be cured with lots of love and behavioral modification techniques. But as a family they stayed the course and continued believing it this nearly unlovable child, even after her ill behavior worsened to the point where she began physically assaulting members of the family and even the family pet. At the end of her stay with the Watsons the depth of Sophia's mental health issues abruptly surface in a way that neither Casey nor social services can ignore her need for long-term residential psychiatric treatment. And while Casey initially views this outcome as a failure on her part she eventually comes to the realization that she and her family were a HUGE positive influence on the life of this young girl.

Just like with her first book, once I started reading Casey Watson's description of her experiences as a foster mother for the most difficult and damaged of children I couldn't put the book down. Casey does a wonderful job of taking the reader through the whole gamut of emotions she experiences, from the high of her previous success (Justin) to lows of anger, fear, pity, self-doubt, etc. I almost feel like I know the Watson family personally, without whom none of this would have been possible! Just like with Justin, in the end this book left me feeling positive, upbeat and most of all, optimistic. And with both of her books I also came away with a greater understanding of the many ways childhood trauma can manifest in behavioral difficulties.

I certainly hope that this will be the second of MANY more books to come. Thank you, Casey, for sharing!
5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x971c2138) étoiles sur 5 So young and so damaged... 16 novembre 2015
Par Joanna M - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
At first, 12-year-old Sophia comes across as a bit spoiled. She speaks rudely and gives orders to her social workers. Her new foster carer Casey Watson is alarmed and amazed.

Yet before long, it's clear that Sophia's life has been anything but ideal. She was diagnosed at a young age with Addison's, a potentially life-threatening illness that dictates much of her existence. Then, when Sophia was only 11, the single mother who raised her had a tragic accident, ending up in a vegetative state in a hospice. Is it any wonder Sophia has some behavior problems? As with all the other children who come into her home, Watson is determined to help as best she can.

But despite the most heartfelt efforts by the entire Watson family, young Sophia quickly seems to be growing worse. While she does indeed have her good days - days where she's sweet and kind, and it's easy to see the girl she could have been - there are also many days where Sophia seems mentally ill. Out of seemingly nowhere, her mood will change. She will begin to shout, make accusations, behave sexually toward adult men, and most terrifying, physically attack whoever is around her. As Sophia has already reached an adult height of 5'8", she's capable of inflicting serious harm.

Is Sophia truly suffering from some sort of mental illness? Or has the trauma of her mother's accident simply made some irreparable damage? What's more, the Watsons begin to question whether it even WAS an accident, as Sophia's behavior begins to hint at a darker possibility...

Watson tells the frank details of a story that isn't often told publicly, that of trying to care for a mentally ill child. Her words are both revealing and necessary.
13 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x971c2198) étoiles sur 5 One star only because it was the lowest rating I could give 25 janvier 2013
Par westernnaturalist - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I'm not sure why other reviewers rated this book so high- if you do any reading at all, you'll quickly pick up on the fact that the book has absolutely no depth and is actually quite boring, despite the predictable "but we had no idea what we were in for" or "but this was only the beginning" 'teasers' at the end of each chapter. There is no exploration of characters, nothing to make us actually like Casey since we don't really learn anything but the basics about her. Also, her handling of the whole foster situation is appalling- it's clear from the beginning she's completely out of her league and yet continues, out of what can only be described as selfish stubbornness, to put her family and herself at risk by keeping the girl in her house. I work with disturbed kids for a job. You don't reason with them as Casey did. You don't hope things will get better if you leave them alone, as Casey does repeatedly throughout this book. She's ridiculously ill-equipped to work with kids of any kind based on what I read in this book, let alone foster kids. Also, as I mentioned before, she's a horrible writer. Why this book is a 'best seller' I'll never know. I want my $2.99 and the 1.5 hours of my life it took to get through this piece of crap back.
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