Crying for Help Review

Crying for Help

By Casey Watson

Genre: Memoir, Autobiographical

I loved this book! Casey decides to temporarily take on a foster child so her regular carer can recover her health. When Casey first meets Sophia, she is shocked by her “little madam” attitude. She orders the adults on her team around and they all walk on eggshells around her. Casey quickly realizes there is more to Sophia than meets the eye. On top of that, she must learn how to care for Sophia’s Addison disorder and taking Sophia to visit her comatose mother in the hospital.

Sophia was probably the scariest child I have ever read about in one of my foster care stories. I don’t want to go into details, but when you read the book, you’ll discover why. It was heartbreaking to see how she needed so much more specialized help than Casey could provide and just wasn’t getting it. I was amazed at how the Watson family continued to provide support despite of the difficulty. I have mentioned before that Casey Watson feels like more of a real person than Cathy Glass. Cathy seems to do everything perfectly, while Casey often admits she messes things up and makes mistakes. I like seeing that Casey still makes a difference even though she and her family aren’t perfect. She is extremely relatable.

My criticism is that every chapter ends with a similar line like, “If only we had known what was to come” or “Things were about to get harder.” It’s just really repetitive. Also, the front cover had a very young girl on it, but Sophia was 12 and fully developed in the book. It didn’t match at all. Regardless, this is a great read for those who work with teens, especially ones from difficult circumstances. I definitely want to read another Casey Watson story ASAP.

Read More

Little Prisoners Review

Little Prisoners: A Tragic Story of Siblings Trapped in a World of Abuse and Suffering 

By: Casey Watson
Genre: Non-fiction

I am an avid Cathy Glass reader so when this similar-sounding book popped up in my BookBub email, I knew I had to snag it. Casey Watson is a foster carer in England, trained in a specific rewards/consequences program to meet the most challenging of foster care children. As a favor, she takes on two siblings temporarily, she is told. These siblings, Ashton age 9 and Olivia age 6, have been severely neglected. They come to Casey with horrible lice, skin disease, and looking very malnourished. The longer that Casey has them, the more horrific things she finds out about their childhoods. Sadly, she does not get a lot of help to deal with these kids’ very challenging issues.

I loved Casey’s voice in this story. Sometimes when I read Cathy Glass, I feel like Cathy is such a perfect carer and never makes mistakes. I like that Casey admitted that she occasionally said the wrong thing and wasn’t perfect. It was reassuring and made her feel like more of a real person. Since Cathy is divorced in most of her stories, it was also interesting to read about being a married foster carer and the occasional differences in opinion a husband and wife can have. Casey’s biological children were also both adults in this story, so that was a change. I had to laugh in irony at how much of a “clean freak” Casey is, especially when she got two very dirty children who became paranoid whenever she would begin to clean!

Of course, the situation in this story is absolutely horrific to read about. It broke my heart, as all of these books do. It ended with an update on the children, so that was nice. It’s amazing what loving people can do to help children in need and shocking what perverse people can do to hurt children! These books truly show the full scale of humanity. Overall, I would recommend this book to those who are interested in teaching, fostering, adopting, social work, etc. I would love to read more stories from Casey Watson in the future.

Read More