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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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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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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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tiny prisoners<br />

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

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such a great lady

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

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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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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!

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Another great listen from Maggie and Penny

great educational and enlightening story . I really love these real retelling of Maggie's experiences. Penny's voice is just perfect for such stories.

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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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Tiny prisoners

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

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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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Just Lovely

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

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  • Shopaholic
  • 25-12-17

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
  • 27-09-18

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
  • 05-07-18

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.
  • 02-05-18

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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.
  • 01-02-18

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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  • Chad R. Avise
  • 13-08-19

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
  • 14-01-19

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.
  • 26-12-18

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
  • 09-11-18

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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  • STEPHANIE ATKINSON
  • 06-06-18

Heartwarming and Thoughtful

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