Little Prisoners by Casey Watson

Little Prisoners

By Casey Watson

  • Release Date: 2012-06-07
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 4.5
From 79 Ratings
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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 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.

Includes a sample chapter of Too Hurt To Stay.

About 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.


  • Little Prisoners

    By Leijr
    Wow! Amazing book, thank god there are people like Casey. Brilliant read just like all her books! :)
  • Excellent Read

    By Vivi mou
    Tragic story, very emotional! Great read!
  • Deep n dark but bright things x

    By Em Hilton
    Excellent book but it has it's unbearable findings of how these children was treated. I smiled in the end! X
  • Little prisoners

    By Martasha
    I really enjoyed reading this book it gave me an insight to what is actually happening in this world and how bad it can get for the children. I also started to understand the fact that children can be really effected by the aggressive behaviour that some parents have but reading further through have me a shock when I read about generation abuse and how it can have an effect on the growing generations that are going through this abide from fathers to children and then continuing through the generation born into these types of families it was a real shocker but knowledgable to read and take this information in without crying too much through the book
  • Little prisoners

    By Bemeup
    Two children who have had a really terrible start in life, finally get a break and things start to get better. Great read. A really difficult job by an inspiring family.
  • Brilliant

    By Rach2090
    Having read the other two books, casey never fails to keep the reader engaged sharing stories of hardship and triumph. A great read