• Mummy Told Me Not to Tell

  • The True Story of a Troubled Boy with a Dark Secret
  • By: Cathy Glass
  • Narrated by: Denica Fairman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (269 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Reece arrives at Cathy's door aged 7 years old, he has already passed through the hands of four different carers in four weeks. As the details of his short life emerge, it becomes clear that to help him, Cathy will face her biggest challenge yet.

The latest title from the author of Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Damaged.

Reece is the last of six siblings to be fostered. Having been in care for four months his aggressive and disruptive behaviour has seen him passed from carer to carer. Although only 7, he has been excluded from school, and bites people so often that his mother calls him 'Sharky'.

Cathy wants to find the answers for Reece's distressing behaviour, but he has been sworn to secrecy by his mother, and will not tell them anything. As the social worker prepares for the final hearing, he finds five different files on Reece's family, and is incredulous that he had not been removed from them as a baby. When the darkest of family secrets is revealed to Cathy, Reece's behaviour suddenly starts to make sense, and together they can begin to rebuild his life.

©2015 Cathy Glass (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Cannot fail to move those who read it." (Adoption-net)
"Heartbreaking." ( Mirror)
"A truly harrowing read that made me cry." ( The Sun)
"A true tale of hope." ( OK!)
"Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass's book should change all that" ( First magazine)
"A hugely touching and emotional true tale." ( Star magazine)

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Fab book

This was a terrific read as all of cathy a books are, I promise, if you started you will be hooked

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Terrific presentation of a troubled boy saved by love

I have fallen in love with Cathy Glass stories. So easy to listen to. This one does not disappoint.

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Amazing as always!

I absolutely love Cathy glass books! I feel like the reader Denica does a wonderful
Job portraying Cathy!

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Best one yet!

Having read (listened to) 6-7 Cathy Glass books so far, I would say this is my favorite; & I've loved ALL of them!

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phenomenal

this is my 4 Cathy Glass book what an amazing caretaker. I will continue until I read all

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compelling

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Couldn't stop listening!

It was impossible to unplug from the author's care and dedication, as well as her specific behavior-improving techniques, as she helped troubled Reese make his way into his future. Reese's difficult journey was far more compelling than the terrible secrets that explain his behavior.

The book's great hope for the future of severely abused children, who are fighting a world that has treated them terribly, makes it a wonderful audible listen. The book did also leave behind considerable frustration with generationally dysfunctional adults whose children are washed up into the system only after much damage has already been done.

The book also makes it clear that, unfortunately, Reese's deeply disturbing secrets are not uniquely unusual among foster care children. I learned a great deal listening to this book.

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more please!!

absolutely love her books and the narrator is fantastic! Never lose interest and actively seek the next book!!

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As usual as good as all her books are.

I hope the head of the school reads this and figures out who is, and reflects on his attitude.
As always you feel love eminate from Denica Fairman

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LOVE CATHY GLASS AS WELL AS NARRATOR DENICA F

This was another heartfelt reality of what goes on in the world of foster care/social work. Cathy really has a way of pulling you into the situation. She's an angel on earth in my eyes. The narration is stellar too. All around GREAT read!

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Excellent

This is a terrific read. What patience Cathy has as a caregiver! And what a happy ending.

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  • Nandipha M.
  • 01-17-21

interesting story

I loved it I also learned a lot about the social service system works.

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  • Tracey Kray
  • 10-25-20

Captivating as ever

Although very sad store’s, lovely to see they come out the side and can continue into society knowing they did the right thing by telling someone.

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  • Allergic To Life
  • 02-03-19

loved it

loved it. Amazing heartbreaking aswell heartwarming storyline. disappointed that I have finished it. highly recommend a listen

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  • James C.
  • 07-27-18

loved it

the narrator is part of the reason I listen to these books hope there's more

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  • Mrs. Lorraine J. Brown
  • 05-29-15

Mummy told me not to tell

A heart warming story beautifully narrated luckily their are such caring people in the world,

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  • E Keane
  • 05-09-22

Fab

Loved it. Brought tears to my eyes at points! Cathy is amazing 👏 Danica read it beautifully

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  • Kerrie Hector
  • 03-10-22

Uplifting and thought provoking

As a teacher myself, I am absolutely disgusted by the headteacher's attitude and blatant disregard towards Reece and his education. I also find Jamie's blasé attitude incredibly frustrating too. I was very moved by the improvement that Reece made in Cathy's care and think he was such a sweet little boy. It was slightly annoying though that his behaviour was constantly being described as ADHD though, when he clearly showed major signs of Disinhibited Reactive Attachment Disorder due to the neglect he had experienced as a young child.

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  • s b.
  • 02-19-22

Mummy told me not to tell

Enjoyable listen, Cathy brings to life her time with Rhys and how he grows under her care

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  • Reeree
  • 02-15-22

amazing to the end

couldn't stop listening, very emotional And heart wrenching at times but a wonderful ending

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  • Gill 55
  • 01-04-22

mummy told me not to say

first time on here. beautiful story. heartbreaking/heartwarming both in equal measures. what love can do.

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  • Margaret Sawers
  • 11-21-16

Thanks again I loved the book as always Cathy is

The narrator was clear and easy to listen to this book makes me realize that all children do not have a good life

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  • Tameeka
  • 02-22-16

Absolutely wonderful!

Yet another amazing story from Cathy Glass. I wold urge anyone to give this a read!

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  • Shannon
  • 08-03-15

Another great book by Cathy

So far have enjoyed all of cathys books. They are a real eye opener to a scary world.

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