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Tiny Prisoners

Two siblings trapped in a world of abuse. One woman determined to free them.
Narrated by: Penny MacDonald
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Shopaholic
  • 25-12-2017

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-2018

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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  • Aaron W.C.
  • 02-05-2018

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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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  • Cathy S.
  • 01-02-2018

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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  • Renee' Budde
  • 14-01-2019

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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  • Jennifer G.
  • 26-12-2018

I'm Hooked!

Honestly between the writing and the narrator, I feel like I am sitting at the kitchen table having a coffee with a friend. Every story grips me from beginning to end, which always comes too soon. I have listened to all of her books, most of which in one day. Cannot get enough!

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  • ME
  • 09-11-2018

Great Story with a Happy Ending

If you like happy endings, this is a book for you! I've always thought I'd like to adopt a child, and Hope that one day, I can. This story makes me feel like I did, it was told so well!

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  • Samantha
  • 27-09-2018

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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  • STEPHANIE ATKINSON
  • 06-06-2018

Heartwarming and Thoughtful

I really respect foster parents like Maggie. sadly there arent many like her. The story made me sad, then smile

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  • Ronnie
  • 05-05-2018

A MUST read book.

This is such a good story. Job well done, Maggie. I'm glad it had a happy ending.

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  • linda chenapa
  • 20-06-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-03-2018

tiny prisoners<br />

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-2019

Not recommend to anyone.

A true to life story - but the foster parent had 3 other children which were hardly ever mentioned - unbelievable. The narrator was to sickly to listen to and not true to the real world. I've read lots of Foster parent books which I've loved but I will not read another one by this author or narrator. Sorry.

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  • seamist
  • 10-01-2019

Very good read<br />

Not my normal read. But must say brilliant could not put down. Will read more from this auther

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  • Roy Budge
  • 08-01-2019

Tiny prisoners

Lovely emotional book enjoyed it very much showed an on-site into the lives of adoption

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  • Becca.
  • 07-12-2018

Sad but with a happy ending.

My first audible listen. I was hooked from the start. A sad but happy ending.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-11-2018

Just Lovely

I am usually physiological thriller reader,but this was joyous to listen too.
Maggie your amazing.

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  • ALP497
  • 10-11-2018

Enjoyable

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though the subject matter is sad at times. It makes you realise there are good people in this world who take these poor children in and protect them, as they deserve to be protected. Maggie does an invaluable job. I couldn't stop listening and the ending was positive too. Would definitely recommend. I fully intend to listen to another book by Maggie.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-09-2018

love the storyline

i found the first couple of chapters hard to get into, but i stuck with it and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have had giggles and tears and i am so glad i kept listening

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  • Rachiehads29
  • 29-08-2018

Brilliant, happy read

Really enjoyed the book. No need for narrator to put on children's voices though but didn't stop me listening