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Little Prisoners: A tragic story of siblings trapped in a world of abuse and suffering

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From the Sunday Times bestselling author comes a harrowing and moving memoir about two innocent and frightened ‘unfosterable’ children who do not know what it means to be loved.

This is the third book in the series.

The shock that strikes Casey and her family when Ashton and Olivia arrive is immeasurable. Two dirty, frightened little waifs stand before them, huge eyes staring around their new surroundings. Ashton – 9, Olivia – 6, have the same ...

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Little Prisoners: A tragic story of siblings trapped in a world of abuse and suffering

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Overview

From the Sunday Times bestselling author comes a harrowing and moving memoir about two innocent and frightened ‘unfosterable’ children who do not know what it means to be loved.

This is the third book in the series.

The shock that strikes Casey and her family when Ashton and Olivia arrive is immeasurable. Two dirty, frightened little waifs stand before them, huge eyes staring around their new surroundings. Ashton – 9, Olivia – 6, have the same urchin look; hair running wild with head lice, filthy nails and skin covered in scabs. And the smell is horrific. The eldest two children of a group of five siblings, Casey had only been told they were coming two days earlier. But it was an emergency, temporary placement, and they were only due to stay a couple of weeks…

Casey is desperate to help these poor, lost children, who have been taken away from their family because they were considered at risk, but before she can even start to understand the horrific things that have happened in the past, she has to teach them the most basic of behaviours. Ashton and Olivia have no barriers and no sense of what’s right and wrong – her challenges begin with the toilet and eating habits.

The weeks roll into months and the months roll on, but bit by bit the children are starting to feel like they truly belong to a family, for the first time. With this new found security and love, gradually they start to reveal what really happened to them and their siblings at home, and slowly Casey can help them start to rebuild their young lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007436606
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 8/13/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 244,714
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Summary: Little Prisoners by Casey Watson This is a short but t


    Summary: Little Prisoners by Casey Watson
    This is a short but thorough chapter by chapter review of the book Little Prisoners. Since I trained as an English teacher, I’m not overly fond of books that summarize novels because they are all too frequently abused by students who are looking for a short cut instead of reading the assigned materials. However, when used as a tool for reviewing a book prior to a test or when refreshing the memory, books like this can be a useful resource. As a resource, this particular summary is excellent. It is very well written, lucid, thorough, and provides a well formatted chapter by chapter overview of Little Prisoners. It includes pertinent information about both the characters and the events that are important in understanding the book. I can recommend this particular version highly.

    9 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2014

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     I was also a foster child and to read this made me feel glad th

     I was also a foster child and to read this made me feel glad that there are more great foster parents out there. Foster care is a hard place yet with foster parents like Casey and Mike it makes it a little easier to see the positive side of the most important part and that is that even though there are tough kids out there someone can still reach them and help them to a better life. This book was brilliantly written.  The story unfolds when a social worker approaches an experienced foster family and requests that they become caregivers for these two children, Olivia and Ashton, who require emergency care. When the children are delivered, the foster family is appalled at the physical condition of these two malnourished children who arrive at their home with dirty ragged clothing and lice-ridden hair. Although their physical appearance is abhorrent, these children, ages +/-6 and +/-9, are not toilet trained and often exhibit sexually explicit behavior which presents a continuous challenge for the foster family. When the foster parents, Mike and Casey, request psychological counseling for Olivia and Ashton, they discover the inadequacies of the child protective system which lacks the necessary provisions for children rescued from dire circumstances. This book raises the consciousness of the reader and exposes the inefficiencies of our social systems that are poorly managed and do not provide adequate care for all children born and raised in impoverished conditions.  

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    A very good book!


    I found this book hard to put down! It has moments where it brought tears to my eyes. It is well written book it has you feeling the author's emotions right from the start. For me, it had me in tears at the end.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Okay book

    This book is okay. I wish the author would have told us about the other siblings.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    amazing human story

    The changes in the foster children the author takes in are so very dramatic. How these kids survived prior to their foster placement is amazing. Ms. Watson and family are wonderful in their care of the very socially deprived and depraved children. You won't be able to put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    CASEY AND MIKE I LOVE YOU GOD BLESS

    Making a difference one child at a fime

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Very well written

    Having been a special foster parent it was easy to relate to what these children went through and all of the frustrations with the system, could feel the emotions of the author

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    Very good reading.

    This book was one of the most interesting
    I've read for a while. I could hardly put
    it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Great story

    My first Nook purchase and loved it. Couldnt put the book down because i had to know what happened next! Definitley recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2013

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    Little Prisoners is a great book about the foster care system, s

    Little Prisoners is a great book about the foster care system, specifically the placement of two difficult to place children.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Not

    I was looking for this fustrading!

    1 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2014

    Dante

    Calm down my Angel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2014

    Angel

    Breathes heavily." Yes master."

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  • Posted September 16, 2014

    Little Prisoners Review; this was a good book. You got to read,

    Little Prisoners Review; this was a good book. You got to read, in depth, about the relationship of the kids & carers. Got to hear about the difficulties it faces to be a career. And it tells the children's story, quite in depth, telling everything, and how the carers helped the kids overcome some of those difficulties, to go and get permanently placed with other careers. But there was a point in the book, around 1/2 way it seemed the book should end, like it was at an ending point, but it kept going, and it caught my attention again. And it was overall a good book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    War effort

    Icy night res one. In need of soldiers. Read (General Kastens).

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    To all

    OK DONT TELL OTHER PEOPLE ABOUT THIS ROLEPLAY I AM TRUSTING YOU IN YOUR HANDS???? OK?? AND IMMA GONNA GIVE YOU THE MISSION

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Stan

    "Decline mission"

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Bailey

    Decline miasion

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Iceear

    Fly in and grabs frost heart and flys out

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Tartblood

    Grabs Lilac

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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