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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
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • J. Madrigal
  • 11-09-2020

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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  • Peter
  • 14-06-2020

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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  • Chad R. Avise
  • 13-08-2019

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kay Robinson
  • 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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  • anna
  • 15-09-2020

Fantastic

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

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  • Linda Cobb
  • 04-08-2020

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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  • Kerry mcfadyen
  • 09-07-2020

brilliant

another brilliant book from this author and well read too. can't wait for the next one

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  • sharon warren
  • 08-07-2020

Love Maggie Hartley books

Great book I really love Maggies books great book highly recommend very easy to get into Greta narrator

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  • Gillian B.
  • 07-07-2020

book review.

loved it. the reader kept your interest very well and I felt engaged throughout. Maggie Hartley Hartley is one of my favourite authors . can't wait to start my next book.

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  • angie
  • 25-01-2020

such a great lady

Really enjoyed listening to this. This subject is very close to my heart .

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  • nutbag1982
  • 20-10-2019

touches your heart

I love her books tiny prisoners is so heart touching those poor little tots it shows that with time and love young children can heal so glad they found that love and the sercuirty of a loving forever family

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  • Moya francis
  • 07-09-2019

Great book! Wanted a tad more detail though

New to her books and loved this one. However, I wanted more background to the children’s lives and their parents. That’s the only con of the book. Hopefully her other books will win me over!