Bestselling author and teacher Casey Watson shares the horrifying true story of Kiera Bentley, a 12-year-old girl with a deeply shocking secret she’s too young to even understand.
When Casey first meets Kiera, a small slight girl who’s just lashed out at a fellow pupil in assembly, she immediately senses something’s wrong. Something in Kiera’s eyes alerts Casey that this is an “old head on young shoulders”, and with Kiera’s constant tiredness and self-soothing habit of pulling her hair out, she follows her instinct and takes Kiera under her wing.
At first the answer seems simple enough; Kiera’s parents aren’t together and they don’t get on, which makes life hard for Kiera as she’s so close to her dad. But as the weeks roll on, Casey begins to understand that there’s something much darker going on behind closed doors. And when she finally learns the truth, she’s terrified she won’t be able to save Kiera from it.
Claire's Review 5 of 5 Stars
Generally I really enjoy these types of books. I love the fact that they are true to life and are hard hitting and this book was no exception to that. In A Stolen Childhood we meet the usual small group of troubled kids, with troubled home lifes, but this book mainly follows the life of 12 year old Kiera.
I spent most of the book just wanting to reach into the pages and to give Kiera a hug! The poor girl went through so much in her little life but what happened towards the end floored me and had me in floods of tears.
As a mother of 3 girls myself, this really hit home to me and I truely cannot understand how anyone could treat a child in this manner. The fact that this is based on true events making it all so much harder to read. I just hope Kiara managed to find her happy ending as an adult.