• The Little Ghost Girl

  • Abused, starved and neglected. A little girl desperate for someone to love her.
  • By: Maggie Hartley
  • Narrated by: Penny MacDonald
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ruth was a ghost of a girl when she arrived into foster mother Maggie Hartley's care. Pale, frail and withdrawn, it was clear to Maggie that Ruth had seen and experienced things that no 11-year-old should have to, that she had been conditioned to 'see no evil, speak no evil'.

Ruth is in desperate need of help, but can Maggie get through to her and unlock the harrowing secret she carries? Through love, reassurance and patience, Maggie starts to unravel Ruth's painful past - a past defined by cruelty and abuse by the very people who should have protected her.

Raised by a cruel stepmother and her father after her own mum abandoned her, Ruth was abused, underfed and ignored while her half siblings lived a life of luxury. It's up to Maggie to help Ruth find her voice - to be a ghost no more and bring those who have harmed her to justice.

©2016 Maggie Hartley (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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Be prepared to feel every emotion

Written with so much detail, Maggie Hartley’s books suck you into her world, making you love these children as much as she does. Be prepared to rejoice in their victories, and weep for their losses, to feel happy, sad, fear and frustration. Every child should have the opportunity to feel the love and safety that Maggie gives “her” kids.

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This book is recommended to those who have experienced child abuse, neglect, and abandonment. I wished at the end that all children who have been abused could have a happy ending after their problems have passed.

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what a turn around

loved it couldn't stop listening what a heroic little girl. What determination by her care taker Maggie rocks

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heartwarming and moving

very moving story. content and narration was great. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the care of children

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Maggie is Amazing

When we think about what a child has been through such as in this book, one often wonders how will she do it! This has been my favorite so far!

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The Little Ghost Girl

I really enjoy the book but I can't get to finish it as it keeps going back to the first chapter and I am on chapter 16. I would really like to finish it

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  • Kerrie Hector
  • 03-05-22

Utterly heartbreaking

It absolutely disgusts me what some parents can do their children! I wish Ruth lots of love and happiness in her life.

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  • Ann
  • 02-06-21

The little ghost girl

I really enjoy Maggie's stories, she is so caring and to see how she helps turns around these children is amazing.
another child saved, Ruth has now been given a chance of having a better future. A*

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  • Reeree
  • 12-18-20

Great book

Great book kept me wanting to keep listening didnt want to put down on to the next one

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  • Emily
  • 06-02-20

Heartbreaking, but wonderful story

Maggie's books are always excellent. Ruth is such a brave young girl, and I so so hope that life is kinder to her now and that she's been able to build a better future than the past she left behind.

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  • JLG84
  • 04-17-20

My favourite from Maggie Hartley yet

This was my first Maggie Hartley audio book and I have to praise the narrator. She has a lovely flowing tone which is very well adapted for each character. I find narrators of audio books often struggle with children’s voices and end up sounding ridiculously babyish but this was a great performance throughout and I got real sense for each character.
The circumstances around how Ruth lands in foster care is tragic but Maggie works her magic as always and I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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  • Mrs. Fiona Jones
  • 07-10-19

Another sad but interesting and great listen

I do love these Maggie Hartley books and Penelope McDonald listens. The Narration is really lovely as she has a kind of soothing voice which helps when listening to such sad stories . Mostly these stories work out for the children with Maggie's great and dedicated work . I feel I learn a lot from these books and as someome who works with kids I find them quite and education and interesting.

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  • denise pettitt
  • 04-23-19

love it
well read
looking forward to next one
Maggie is one of lifes miracle workers

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  • L
  • 12-05-17

just brilliant ,

really good sad bits but most of all you get to a girl blossom and run with it .

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  • Rachel W
  • 10-07-17

brought tears to my eyes & made me laugh out loud.

I looked forward to listening to this each time I drove. kept me company on a three hour drive. made me laugh, cry sigh and shout.