Title - The Wild Child.
Author - Casey Watson
Format - ebook
Source - Review copy via Netgalley
Casey tells the harrowing story of Connor, an eight year old boy from a broken home who comes to stay with her family.
It’s a Saturday morning when Casey and Mike are asked to take in eight year old Connor – an emergency placement, just for a couple of days, following a violent incident at his now former care home. And Casey’s instinct, as ever, is to say yes. With long term foster son Tyler off to football, and no particular plans for the weekend, even the fact that Connor arrives in what looks like a prison van doesn’t phase her – after all, challenging children are what she and Mike have trained for. And how much trouble can he really be? He’s eight.
A lot, as it turns out.
Connor is as streetwise as they come, and, hurt and angry, seems determined to cause trouble from the off. But despite the attitude, there’s something strangely endearing about their little visitor that makes Casey want to tease out the frightened child behind the swagger. So much so that, with Connor and Tyler getting on so well, she wonders – should they say they’ll keep him longer? It seems like the easiest decision in the world …
As this is a short story, I find it hard to say what I think of the book, without giving away too much.
It was a really interesting read. I really did enjoy it. I think foster carers do an amazing job. And often don't get the praise they so deserve. I considered fostering once upon a time myself. Its something I think I would have enjoyed. My husband was dead against it. He couldn't cope with the thought of looking after a child, and growing attached and then giving it back so to speak. I think If a foster carer, cares for a child even just a short time, knowing you have helped or done something for that child even if its just putting a roof over their head over night, it must be so rewarding. I think it really does take a special kind of person.
Casey, and her husband Mike have Conner come to stay, its an emergency placement just for the weekend. Connor for want of a better phrase is a little shit. A very mixed up little boy. Very street wise for his age, at only 8 it seems Connor know's more about life that some teenagers do.
As I said with this only being a short story I really don't want to give too much away, the fact that it is a true story makes even more heart breaking.
This book really is worth a read. I don't think you would be disappointed.
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