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Publisher's Summary

Ruth was a ghost of a girl when she arrived into foster mother Maggie Hartley's care. Pale, frail and withdrawn, it was clear to Maggie that Ruth had seen and experienced things that no 11-year-old should have to, that she had been conditioned to 'see no evil, speak no evil'.

Ruth is in desperate need of help, but can Maggie get through to her and unlock the harrowing secret she carries? Through love, reassurance and patience, Maggie starts to unravel Ruth's painful past - a past defined by cruelty and abuse by the very people who should have protected her.

Raised by a cruel stepmother and her father after her own mum abandoned her, Ruth was abused, underfed and ignored while her half siblings lived a life of luxury. It's up to Maggie to help Ruth find her voice - to be a ghost no more and bring those who have harmed her to justice.

©2016 Maggie Hartley (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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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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This book is recommended to those who have experienced child abuse, neglect, and abandonment. I wished at the end that all children who have been abused could have a happy ending after their problems have passed.

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The Little Ghost Girl

I really enjoy the book but I can't get to finish it as it keeps going back to the first chapter and I am on chapter 16. I would really like to finish it

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what a turn around

loved it couldn't stop listening what a heroic little girl. What determination by her care taker Maggie rocks

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heartwarming and moving

very moving story. content and narration was great. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the care of children

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-17

just brilliant ,

really good sad bits but most of all you get to a girl blossom and run with it .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-17

brought tears to my eyes & made me laugh out loud.

I looked forward to listening to this each time I drove. kept me company on a three hour drive. made me laugh, cry sigh and shout.