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The Girl without a Voice The True Story of a Terrified Child Whose Silence Spoke Volumes by Casey Watson
  

The Girl without a Voice The True Story of a Terrified Child Whose Silence Spoke Volumes

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Known for her books detailing the sorry plight of some of the children she has fostered this is a story from Casey Watson’s time as a behaviour manager at her local comprehensive. She has to deal with Imogen, a 13 year-old girl with speech problems. Delving deeper into the girl’s case she finds the shocking and disturbing answer to Imogen’s condition.

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The Girl without a Voice The True Story of a Terrified Child Whose Silence Spoke Volumes by Casey Watson

Bestselling author and foster carer Casey Watson tells the shocking and deeply moving true story of a young girl with severe behavioural problems. This is the first of several stories about 'difficult' children Casey helped during her time as a behaviour manager at her local comprehensive. Casey has been in the post for six months when thirteen-year-old Imogen joins her class. One of six children Casey is teaching, Imogen has selective mutism. She's a bright girl, but her speech problems have been making mainstream lessons difficult. Life at home is also hard for Imogen. Her mum walked out on her a few years earlier and she's never got on with her dad's new girlfriend. She's now living with her grandparents. There's no physical explanation for Imogen's condition, and her family insist she's never had troubles like this before. Everyone thinks Imogen is just playing up - except the member of staff closest to her, her teacher Casey Watson. It is the deadpan expression she constantly has on her face that is most disturbing to Casey. Determined there must be more to it, Casey starts digging and it's not long before she starts to discover a very different side to Imogen's character. A visit to her grandparents' reveals that Imogen is anything but silent at home. In fact she's prone to violent outbursts; her elderly grandparents are terrified of her. Eventually Casey's hard work starts to pay off. After months of silence, Imogen utters her first, terrified, words to Casey: 'I thought she was going to burn me.' Dark, shocking and deeply disturbing, Casey begins to uncover the reality of what Imogen has been subjected to for years.

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. During her spare time she is working towards a degree in Psychology and Criminology. Casey is married with two grown-up children and three grandchildren. The name Casey Watson is a pseudonym.

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Publication date

19th June 2014

Author

Casey Watson

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www.caseywatson.co.uk/

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Publisher

Harper Element an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

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ISBN

9780007510696

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