Crying for Help: The Shocking True Story of a Damaged Girl with a Dark Past

Crying for Help: The Shocking True Story of a Damaged Girl with a Dark Past

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by Casey Watson
     
 

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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

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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.

Casey Watson is a specialist foster carer. She has been working in this field for six years after giving up her position as a behaviour manager for a local school. During this time she has welcomed 14 difficult to place children into her home.As a specialist foster carer she works with profoundly damaged children, seeing each child through a specific behavioural modification programme, at the end of which they will hopefully be in the position to be returned either back to their family or into mainstream foster care.Casey combines fostering with writing, usually late at night when the rest of the family is sleeping.Casey is married with two grown-up children and three grandchildren.The name Casey Watson is a pseudonym.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007436590
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/02/2012
Sold by:
HarperCollins Publishers
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
12,401
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Casey Watson, who writes under a pseudonym, is a specialist foster carer. She and her husband, Mike, look after children who are particularly troubled or damaged by their past.

Before becoming a foster carer Casey was a behaviour manager for her local comprehensive school. It was through working with these ‘difficult’ children – removed from mainstream classes for various reasons – that the idea for her future career was born.

Casey is married with two children and three grandchildren.

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Crying for Help: The Shocking True Story of a Damaged Girl With a Dark Past 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the true story of a 12 year old girl with both severe physical and emotional problems who is placed in a special-needs foster home. Although the book is hard to put down, at times it is hard to go on reading, as some of the child's behaviors can be very disturbing. One can only imagine some of the horrible things that have happened to her in the past. Throughout it all, the foster family has patience and stands by the child, and does not give up on her. At the end of the book, there is also a fairly long preview to the next in the Casey Watson series of books, which I thought was a nice feature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a heart breaking story but one with hope. You will cry and get angry along with Casey Watson. A true page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have fallen in love with every one of Casey's books. They will make you laugh, cry, and question our sometimes very inhumain world. I always feel hopeful in the end. Keep up the great work Casey in both fostering and writing, your a truly incredible person!!!!
224perweek More than 1 year ago
Sophia is such a damaged little girl. As her past comes to light it is explained why she is the way she is. The abuse that her carers had to put up with is awful. The roller coaster of emotions........never knowing what was around the corner.......keeps you on the edge of your seat. Too bad it did not end better for her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Riveting and sad at the same time! Riveting because of the writing and circumstances. Sad to think that children go through these things!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was good.... slightly sad due to the circumstances but I Def think I will read more of Casey's books
Charger101 More than 1 year ago
Crying for Help is an incredibly well crafted book by sophomore author Casey Watson. Casey introduces us to Sophia, a 12 year old with a difficult personality. She acts as if she is much older as she fawns over men and treats women with distain. We learn, in time, that Sophia has a very troubled past which lead to this disturbing behavior. Casey is a loving and patient caregiver but Sophia’s violent behavior threatens the safety of the family. Can Casey get through to Sophia? If anyone can, it’s Casey.
Anonymous 11 months ago
The author tells the story of caring for a preteen girl who was suffering from devastating emotional and physical abuse complicated by a hormone deficiency called Addison's Disease. They chose to do what is right rather than doing what is easy. They pushed and persevered to find the answers and the help needed to give this girl a fighting chance for a meaningful and happy life.
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