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Mummy Told Me Not to Tell Audiobook

Mummy Told Me Not to Tell: The True Story of a Troubled Boy with a Dark Secret

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Publisher's 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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Munchie 03-15-15
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    "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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    gina 10-19-16
    gina 10-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    this is my 4 Cathy Glass book what an amazing caretaker. I will continue until I read all

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    Mary Hirsch Denver, CO 09-20-15
    Mary Hirsch Denver, CO 09-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    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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  • Mrs. Lorraine J. Brown
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    5/29/15
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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,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kat
    9/20/16
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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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  • Elaine Jones
    9/15/16
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    "Fantastic book"

    This story of Reece is sad but a fantastic read. Glad he is happy now.

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  • Susan Inglis
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    8/24/16
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    "Mummy Told Me Not To Tell"

    I am so happy that I have found Cathy Glass as an author. I sometimes find it difficult to concentrate through books, but her work has completely enthralled me!

    I have to say, I found this particular book difficult to listen to at the start; possibly because of the accent and volume of the 'child' and 'mum', but I am glad I persisted!

    Now, onto the next book!

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  • Mandy
    3/1/16
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    "so sad but unfortunately true"

    Another fantastic read of a family torn apart.....a must read have the tissues at the ready

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  • jules
    12/3/15
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    "Great story"

    As a foster carer myself, I love to listen to these stories, while doing some housework X

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