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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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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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*A Story of Healing*

When Maggie Hartley agreed to keep two foster children , Elliott and Evie, she did not know what she had agreed to. It soon became evident that these children were terrified of everything. They had lived a world locked inside their home, mostly unloved and neglected by their parents. They were terrified of even common noises such as a doorbell ringing, and went into meltdown if taken outside. Elliot in particular was damaged, and had no sense of self-worth or the idea that he could be loved. It was a heartbreaking situation. This book is a guide to dealing with such children and is a testament to the power of love.

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good book

loved it will read her others. so glad for people who really care. thank you Maggie for caring.

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  • Mr. G H Stowe
  • 01-16-18

Tiny Prisoners

A Beautiful story could not put it down nice to have a possoitive ending .

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  • roz
  • 11-15-17

Good read

Once you get into the book it’s a really good read, so much as I’ve started reading all the books by this author

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  • Dawn Kelly
  • 11-05-17

I really love bed this touched my story.

This story is so touching with such a sad start for the children. Then they have Maggie who deserves a medal for her commitment in giving them the love and nurturing that brings them to find their new parents.