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  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (411 ratings)

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The Throwaway Children

By: Diney Costeloe
Narrated by: Anne Dover
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Publisher's Summary

Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a violent bully. Under pressure from her new husband, she is persuaded to send the girls to an orphanage.

It is not long before the powers that be decide to send a consignment of orphans to their sister institution in Australia. Among them, without their family's consent or knowledge, are Rita and Rosie, the throwaway children.

©2015 Diney Costeloe (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

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"Diney Costeloe has tackled an important subject. We should never forget this terrible injustice!" (John Humphreys)

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Fantastic story and narration

This is one of the best books I've listened to for a long time. I recommend it 100%!

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Fantastic story. So heart wrenching . Very well re

Fantastic story based on history. It was heart wrenching. very well read and portrayed. A must listen

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Fabulous!

Great story enhanced by the narrator. Well worth the listen. Looking forward to "the girl with no name" by Disney Costeloe.

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An absolutely gripping tale

You won't want to pause this story too often! Beautifully read so that the characters' form in your mind as you get swept along with the lives of Rita and her sister Rosie and the series of unfortunate events which split the family apart.
I laughed with them and cried with them and willed them along when up against seemingly impossible odds to survive against a cruel world.
A story of love, life, courage. survival and family.

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Great story

great story! The narrator reminds me of an old school teacher, doesnt suit the story at all

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Pretty predictable

An interesting enough tale, but no real plot twists or surprises. From the description you could pretty much predict the entire novel. Pretty depressing with very few moments of joy or hope to balance out the endless bad luck the girls encounter. Australian accents were a tad grating.

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Love it

What a realistic storey ive heard many similar storeys from my grandparents the book and narrator took me there

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Wow!

One of those books that had me forgoing sleep to keep following the story, AND crying my eyes out at various times! Tragic, horrifying, gutsy, and far too real!

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could not stop listening

loved this book. narrated wonderfully she gad you there and in the moment. tears flowed many many times

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Wonderful Story

This story was so heartbreaking but very enjoyable. I look forward to listening to more from this writer

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