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Mummy?s Little Helper: The heartrending true story of a young girl secretly caring for her severely disabled mother

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The fifth book from bestselling author and specialist foster carer Casey Watson.

A recent census shows that there are at least 175,000 child carers in the UK, 13,000 of whom care for more than 50 hours a week. Many remain invisible to a system that would otherwise help them. Abigail is one of those children. This is her story.

Ten-year-old Abigail has never known her father. Her mother, Sarah, has multiple sclerosis, and Abigail has been her ...

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Mummy's Little Helper: The heartrending true story of a young girl secretly caring for her severely disabled mother

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Overview

The fifth book from bestselling author and specialist foster carer Casey Watson.

A recent census shows that there are at least 175,000 child carers in the UK, 13,000 of whom care for more than 50 hours a week. Many remain invisible to a system that would otherwise help them. Abigail is one of those children. This is her story.

Ten-year-old Abigail has never known her father. Her mother, Sarah, has multiple sclerosis, and Abigail has been her carer since she was a toddler – shopping, cooking, cleaning and attending to her personal needs. When Sarah is rushed to hospital, suddenly this comes to the attention of the social services, and Abigail has nowhere to go.

Though she doesn’t fit the usual profile of a child that specialist foster carers Casey and Mike Watson would take on, they are happy to step in and look after Abigail. It’s an emergency, after all – and all that’s needed is a loving temporary home, while social services look into how to support the family so that they can be reunited.

But it soon becomes clear that this isn’t going to happen. Sarah’s MS is now at a very advanced stage, and the doctors are certain that there will no longer be periods of remission. Abigail’s emotional state starts to spiral out of control as she struggles to let go of the burden of responsibilities she has carried for so long.

Sarah and Abigail insist that they do not need help, but with no other family to contact, social services are left with no choice but to find long-term care for Abigail, against their wishes. But Casey never gives up on a child in need, and she knows there must be another solution…

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007479597
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 462,385
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (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 October 4, 2014

    Epicness

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    Violet

    Add in Aline (UH-leene). Her bio is at mixice res
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2014

    Plainstriders: Chapter 2

    "I'm telling you the truth!!"<p>Hammer was back on a Republic Carrier ship, on his way to Coruscaunt for more orders. He was telling his other friends what had happened that night. "There was nothing left! Not a scrap of metal!"<p>"Oh yeah?" Said a clone nicknamed "Kid Gloves". "Where's the card, then?"<p>Hammer took the card from his belt. Despite being there as he ran across miles of jungle, the card was no worse for wear. He had also tried to replicate the astonishing effect it had produced earlier, but to no avail. "Ta-daa!!" He said. Kid Gloves snatched the card away from Hammer.<p>"Yeah, whatever." He said. "It's just a dumb piece of cardboard." The other clones began to laugh.<p>***<p>On Coruscaunt, the "Clone who Cried Terminus" was by now, the laughingstock of his division. Hammer was walking the underlevels of the great city that covered Coruscaunt while on a break. "Huh. It was real..." he said to himself. He took the card out again. "Why won't you work?" He asked it. But the card did not reply; it sat in the palm of his hand, as if it were mocking him.<p>A hand tapped Hammer's shoulder. "Perhaps I can answer your plight." Said a voice. Hammer said "Yeah, right." As he turned around, he saw standing before him...<p>"You're the guy who gave this to me!!!" Hammer said excitedly. Sure enough, there he stood, just as before. The man nodded. "Yes. The card will not work because you do not have enough mana for it."<p>Hammer cocked his head to the side. "Mana? What's that?" The man laughed. "Why, it is the energy that binds and looses all things. It makes up a part of every living thing in every world. It is the manifestation of life force." Hammer laughed. "Um, I think you mean the Force." He said.<p>"The Force is just another name that your kind has given to Mana." The man said. "They are one in the same." Hammer gasped. "Say what now?" He shook his head. "Ugh, forget it. How did I make the card work the first time anyway? I'm no jedi."<p>"You don't need to be a jedi to use Mana, my friend." Hammer facemasked. "So, how do I get more mana?"<p>The man smiled gently. "Most mages draw their mana from the land around them. Therefore, mana comes from land. However, there are different types of mana, just as there are different types of land."<p>"What types?" Hammer asked. This was kinda making sense, as weird as it sounded. He was a little excited to learn this stuff. But the man shook his head. "I cannot tell you."<p>"Whaaaat!? Why not!?" The man chuckled. "Because I am a true teacher, not some wandering atlas of wisdom. If you want to learn more about the cards, you must become my student. It will be dangerous: this I will not deny. But you will get to see places few have ever observed, learn secrets only few have ever obtained. Are you willing?"<p>Hamme thought about it. "Mm...okay, why not? Sign me up, mister, uh..."<p>"Drexl. My name is Drexl. But you may call me Sensei."<p>((How'm I doing? Comment awaaaayy!!!))

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