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Evie and Elliot are scrawny, filthy and wide-eyed with fear when they turn up on foster carer Maggie Hartley's doorstep. Aged just two and three years old, this brother and sister have hardly set foot outside their own home. They have been prisoners, locked in a terrifying world of abuse, violence and neglect.

Maggie soon realises that Evie and Elliot are lacking the basic life skills we all take for granted. The outside world terrifies them; the sound of the doorbell sends them into a panic that takes hours to abate. Gradually unlocking the truth of their heartbreaking upbringing, Maggie tells their shocking true story.

From emotionally scarred and damaged little children, we see how - with warmth and dedication - Maggie transforms their lives. As this moving story unfolds, we share Maggie's joy when these children finally smile again - when they realise they do have a future after all.

©2016 Maggie Hartley (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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Truly Captivating!

As someone once interested in adopting and still very much interested in the well being of children, I found this a very informative read. The children's personalities and struggles were so very real and heartwrenching. As a mother of my own I can relate to the feelings and decisions of Maggie the Foster Mom. This is a must read for anyone looking to adopt or become a foster parent.

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such an amazing story.

loved it. can't wait to read others by Hartley. just goes to show, how love and patience does absolute wonders for kids

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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 survivors of child neglect growing up. Reading the story of these two siblings helped me to over come being neglected by my own parents growing up.

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Amazing story!

Well written and well read. This book keeps you listening to it and tells a magical story of hope. What happened to the children wad terrible, but they had love and patience and compassion shown and their story is one of joy. Great read!

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Another interesting listen

Maggie Hartley gives a glimpse into the life of a foster parent and the struggles of the children taken into the care system. A must read for anyone interested in social work!

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A must read for foster care providers

Very well written, excellent explanations of why & how to react in certain situations, and a heart tugging story.

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A Master Class in Fostercare !!! Amazing !

It is official, I love Maggie Hartley’s books ... I feel as if she is saving me 20 years of learning when I read her books! Her techniques with children are nothing short of brilliant !!! If you want to be an amazing fostercare! Her books are mandatory reading ! Well, I am off to another of her books!

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Very Interesting and Educational- Well Told Story

This was a well told story with great narration, The author is engaging and gives details that would be helpful to anybody dealing with challenging children or who are thinking about foster care. I will be getting more by this author after listening to this.

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Moving, exceptional and heartwarming.

Such a lovely insightful gift! Both the narrator and author did a phenomenal job! Thank you for sharing such an remarkable, heartwarming story.

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  • 06-20-18

What a heart wrenching story

What a heart wrenching story. Make sure you have tissues at the ready. An insight to an otherwise unknown world.

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  • Kay Robinson
  • 03-29-18

tiny prisoners

Maggie Hartley's stories are wonderful they make you appreciate what a wonderful job she does

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  • W N
  • 12-12-21

Amazing

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Beautifully written and narrated.
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  • melanie
  • 06-11-21

I loved it!!! . But very sad

Well done Maggie you did it again I strongly recommend this to teens and adults and I hope you will enjoy this book just as much as I did grate story good detail and a lot of fun to read but loads of bits with heartbreak for this kids that have gone thru so much in there little lives and she makes you feel what she feels
Joy anger sad and lots of other things please keep up the good work Maggie you amaze me😊😊😊😃😃😃😃😃😁😁😀

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  • emma adaway
  • 03-25-21

Narrator is shocking

The book itself is mediocre not nearly enough detail on the kids situation at home and lots of ridiculous details about IKEA furniture etc.
I think if you are going to read books for audible it's probably a good idea to know how to read certain words that are written, for example "literally" was mispronounced every time! So annoying

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  • DAWN JARVIS
  • 03-25-21

amazing

wonderful book, read really well. a lovely insight into fostering. This lady is an amazing woman

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  • CLARE Bev
  • 03-03-21

Love this story such a amazing family

I Loved this story loads, it was such a sad and a heart wrenching story

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  • Nic
  • 10-14-20

boring

well. what can I say.
sure this woman is sponsored by IKEA. she mentions them so many times. also. the language and the way she speak ( not the reader but what she's reading). Tummy mummy. for God sake speak to the children like humans. no where near as good as others of the same genre I have read. will be avoiding this woman's books at all costs.

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  • anna
  • 09-15-20

Fantastic

Another amazing book, absolutely love this author, looking forward to starting the next book, thank u

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  • Linda Mellors
  • 08-04-20

Brilliantly Written and Read

A wonderful book, thought provoking if I had ever found my self in foster care I would want to be with Maggie. I have learned so much from her.

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  • Deborah Dawe
  • 10-11-21

another great author

loved it.great story of 2 children who needed love and understanding from people who care

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-21

Riveting

I have listen to several of Magis books and I have loved every one of them. Each one is just an amazing story what can be done for these children. I recommend this book to anybody especially people that have children of their own or going to have a child you can learn so much from them. I think Maggie is a saint, there should be more people like her in the world so caring and loving.

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  • 04-25-21

A Beautiful Guide to Fostering and Care of Kids

Loved every word. Care and socialisation of children once trust is found is essential. Listen!