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The first in a series of books from foster carer Casey Watson. ‘We’re hungry,’ his brother cried. ‘We’re hungry, Justin. Please find us some food.’ Justin was five years old; his brothers two and three. Their mother, a heroin addict, had left them alone again. Later that day, after trying to burn down the family home, Justin was taken into care. Justin was taken into care at the age of five after deliberately burning down his family home. Six years on, after 20 failed placements, Justin arrives at Casey’s home. Casey and her husband Mike are specialist foster carers. They practice a new style of foster care that focuses on modifying the behaviour of profoundly damaged children. They are Justin’s last hope, and it quickly becomes clear that they are facing a big challenge. Try as they might to make him welcome, he seems determined to strip his life of all the comforts they bring him, violently lashing out at schoolmates and family and throwing any affection they offer him back in their faces. After a childhood filled with hurt and rejection, Justin simply doesn’t want to know. But, as it soon emerges, this is only the tip of a chilling iceberg. A visit to Justin’s mother on Boxing Day reveals that there are some very dark underlying problems that Justin has never spoken about. As the full picture becomes clearer, and the horrific truth of Justin’s early life is revealed, Casey and her family finally start to understand the pain he has suffered… Includes a sample chapter of Crying for Help.

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January 4th, 2016
Once you read one of this author's stories, you will be looking for more. Written with understanding and sensitivity on a difficult subject.
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September 21st, 2015
Well written heartwrenching true story. Brings home the impact a childs treatment can affect them for life.
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The Boy No One Loved
April 13th, 2014
Amazing story! Had me laughing, crying, and sympathetic. Very well written. Heartwarming and heartbreaking!
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The Boy No One Loved
April 13th, 2014
Amazing story! Had me laughing, crying, and sympathetic. Very well written. Heartwarming and heartbreaking!
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Child Protection Social Worker
January 2nd, 2014
Lots of accuracy but somewhat shielded in terms of what it's really like in the field for both social workers and the ultimate survivors, the children. I only wish I had a caseload that easy.
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
November 22nd, 2013
A really great book! I couldn't hardly put it down.
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The Boy No One Loved
October 9th, 2013
Heartbreaking but an incredible read. Worth it
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The boy no one loved
October 7th, 2013
I didn't enjoy this book. I found it dragged on and I could not finish it as much as I wanted to.
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October 4th, 2013
Amazing author. Loved every book she has written. Casey does fostering for severe cases. She tells how herself, family and of the course the child. Go through each phase. All true stories. I can't ever put her book down once I have started.
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The Boy Nobody Loved
August 17th, 2013
I loved this book.
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May 8th, 2013
Absolutely amazing read. What a touching story
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The boy no one loved
April 5th, 2013
Such a shocking but lovely real life story.
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