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Mummy Told Me Not to Tell

The True Story of a Troubled Boy with a Dark Secret
Narrated by: Denica Fairman
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
5 out of 5 stars (114 ratings)
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Summary

When Reece arrives at Cathy's door aged 7 years old, he has already passed through the hands of four different carers in four weeks. As the details of his short life emerge, it becomes clear that to help him, Cathy will face her biggest challenge yet.

The latest title from the author of Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Damaged.

Reece is the last of six siblings to be fostered. Having been in care for four months his aggressive and disruptive behaviour has seen him passed from carer to carer. Although only 7, he has been excluded from school, and bites people so often that his mother calls him 'Sharky'.

Cathy wants to find the answers for Reece's distressing behaviour, but he has been sworn to secrecy by his mother, and will not tell them anything. As the social worker prepares for the final hearing, he finds five different files on Reece's family, and is incredulous that he had not been removed from them as a baby. When the darkest of family secrets is revealed to Cathy, Reece's behaviour suddenly starts to make sense, and together they can begin to rebuild his life.

©2015 Cathy Glass (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Cannot fail to move those who read it." (Adoption-net)
"Heartbreaking." ( Mirror)
"A truly harrowing read that made me cry." ( The Sun)
"A true tale of hope." ( OK!)
"Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass's book should change all that" ( First magazine)
"A hugely touching and emotional true tale." ( Star magazine)

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loved it

the narrator is part of the reason I listen to these books hope there's more

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Mummy told me not to tell

A heart warming story beautifully narrated luckily their are such caring people in the world,

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amazing

once again a truly wonderful book from an amazing and selfless woman. can't wait for the next one.

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loved it

loved it. Amazing heartbreaking aswell heartwarming storyline. disappointed that I have finished it. highly recommend a listen

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Brilliantly written

Such a sad story i wish there were more people like cathy as mothers as one of the things this poor boy had to deal with us just appalling

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brilliant story

this story was really good lot of sad parts but fantastic outcome for reece I hope he has very happy future

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Moving

Very moving and emotionally story of a little boy scarred by his life before he came into care, has a very happy ending

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Lovely book

Had me in tears and made me very happy, such a wonderful book! Reece should give us all hope what a wonderful boy!

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good book

enjoyed the book, well narrated. a heartbreaking story but so glad of a lovely outcome.

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Touching and Thought Provoking

Reece is just 7 years old when he arrives at Cathy's. He's part of a large family and his mother Tracy has had a difficult past She has h learning difficulties as does Reece and all but one of his siblings. Cathy and her family cater for Reece's needs as best they can, and Cathy stands by him as he goes through difficult times at school and in his personal life. He learns to trust Cathy and her family and they become close while decisions about Reece's future are made. A touching story of a brave little boy who was told "not to tell" of the secrets he and his family hold. I really felt for Reece and his siblings, experiencing so much so young.

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  • Munchie
  • 15-03-15

Fab book

This was a terrific read as all of cathy a books are, I promise, if you started you will be hooked

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  • Sheree
  • 13-07-17

Terrific presentation of a troubled boy saved by love

I have fallen in love with Cathy Glass stories. So easy to listen to. This one does not disappoint.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-06-17

Best one yet!

Having read (listened to) 6-7 Cathy Glass books so far, I would say this is my favorite; & I've loved ALL of them!

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  • gina
  • 19-10-16

phenomenal

this is my 4 Cathy Glass book what an amazing caretaker. I will continue until I read all

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  • Mary Hirsch
  • 20-09-15

compelling

Any additional comments?

Couldn't stop listening!

It was impossible to unplug from the author's care and dedication, as well as her specific behavior-improving techniques, as she helped troubled Reese make his way into his future. Reese's difficult journey was far more compelling than the terrible secrets that explain his behavior.

The book's great hope for the future of severely abused children, who are fighting a world that has treated them terribly, makes it a wonderful audible listen. The book did also leave behind considerable frustration with generationally dysfunctional adults whose children are washed up into the system only after much damage has already been done.

The book also makes it clear that, unfortunately, Reese's deeply disturbing secrets are not uniquely unusual among foster care children. I learned a great deal listening to this book.

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  • Christy Mersman
  • 27-12-18

About the Caregivers and what they do for kids

It was done in Good Taste I am a abuse Server I can Relate Very well to the children in Foster care and to the and the Caregivers.

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  • tanya nix
  • 30-08-18

Wow!!

I didn’t see this one coming, but wow how I fell in love with Reese, this is another amazing book!
On to the next one! Love your books!!

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  • Naomi
  • 23-03-17

great story

As all of Cathy's stories, it holds your attention & leaves you wanting more. I appreciate all of the books that Cathy has written. I was glad to see that Reese got a forever family. I really expected the Social Services to terminate the contact when Tracy kept upsetting Reese. All in all though it turned out in a happy ending. I'm going to read the update, because I want to know what happened to Tracy's last baby..... but that'll be another story........