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A digital short story from author and foster carer Maggie Hartley. Also contains a sneak peek chapter from Maggie's highly anticipated debut memoir, TINY PRISONERS.Brothers Ben and Damien are shockingly quiet when they arrive on Maggie's doorstep. They don't shout or play like normal three and four year olds. They hardly dare make a sound, so much have they been conditione A digital short story from author and foster carer Maggie Hartley. Also contains a sneak peek chapter from Maggie's highly anticipated debut memoir, TINY PRISONERS.Brothers Ben and Damien are shockingly quiet when they arrive on Maggie's doorstep. They don't shout or play like normal three and four year olds. They hardly dare make a sound, so much have they been conditioned to be 'seen and not heard' by their mother and controlling stepfather.More disturbingly, their little baby half-brother Noah is completely unresponsive. He doesn't play, he doesn't smile, he doesn't crawl - he doesn't even cry. In a state of blankness brought about by emotional neglect, poor baby Noah is disconnected from the world. Maggie has never seen such a young life so affected before. Yet with time, love and care, Maggie gradually unpicks what has caused this terrible void. She teaches the children to play and laugh and to not be afraid to make noise. We see Ben, Damien and Noah take steps towards a positive future and their journey reaches a happy conclusion when they are adopted by a loving family. With love and affection, they are no longer scared to be themselves. They are free to make their voices heard.


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A digital short story from author and foster carer Maggie Hartley. Also contains a sneak peek chapter from Maggie's highly anticipated debut memoir, TINY PRISONERS.Brothers Ben and Damien are shockingly quiet when they arrive on Maggie's doorstep. They don't shout or play like normal three and four year olds. They hardly dare make a sound, so much have they been conditione A digital short story from author and foster carer Maggie Hartley. Also contains a sneak peek chapter from Maggie's highly anticipated debut memoir, TINY PRISONERS.Brothers Ben and Damien are shockingly quiet when they arrive on Maggie's doorstep. They don't shout or play like normal three and four year olds. They hardly dare make a sound, so much have they been conditioned to be 'seen and not heard' by their mother and controlling stepfather.More disturbingly, their little baby half-brother Noah is completely unresponsive. He doesn't play, he doesn't smile, he doesn't crawl - he doesn't even cry. In a state of blankness brought about by emotional neglect, poor baby Noah is disconnected from the world. Maggie has never seen such a young life so affected before. Yet with time, love and care, Maggie gradually unpicks what has caused this terrible void. She teaches the children to play and laugh and to not be afraid to make noise. We see Ben, Damien and Noah take steps towards a positive future and their journey reaches a happy conclusion when they are adopted by a loving family. With love and affection, they are no longer scared to be themselves. They are free to make their voices heard.

30 review for Too Scared to Cry: A True Short Story

  1. 5 out of 5

    LINDA HADDOCK

    Darling childrern These Darling little children who were abused physically by their step father ended up in a foster home, where their foster mother tried to engage them in day to day life. It took quite a long time to gradually draw the children out of their shells. This being especially the six month old baby who was like a ragdoll, he never cried, kick his little legs, it took a lot of time and patience to withdraw the baby out of his world he was locked in. A marvellous lady who had fostered Darling childrern These Darling little children who were abused physically by their step father ended up in a foster home, where their foster mother tried to engage them in day to day life. It took quite a long time to gradually draw the children out of their shells. This being especially the six month old baby who was like a ragdoll, he never cried, kick his little legs, it took a lot of time and patience to withdraw the baby out of his world he was locked in. A marvellous lady who had fostered these children gave the children their lives back. Well-done to her. If was just a story it would make a good read, but because it's a true story it starts as tragic story with the perfect outcome. Its so sad this day and age abuse to children still happens. I think it would take an amazing miracle if it ever stops.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This followed Ben, Damian and Noah’s story - again it’s such a sad story and it’s horrible to picture what some children have gone through. But Maggie always shows her love and gets people through tough times and does everything she can to support those she is looking after. I am so thankful that the boys ended up finding such a loving forever family, and they didn’t have to go back to their awful parents.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Charlene

    Just wow! This may be called a short story, but it's a great read. I have to wonder if Maggie realizes what a miracle worker she really is for these children. Child neglect and abuse abound, unfortunately. This is what life is all about. Rescuing vulnerable children. Kudos! Just wow! This may be called a short story, but it's a great read. I have to wonder if Maggie realizes what a miracle worker she really is for these children. Child neglect and abuse abound, unfortunately. This is what life is all about. Rescuing vulnerable children. Kudos!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Becky-Lynn Sturge

    Touching This book was well written with factual information in the world of Foster Caring. A touching insightful renditiins into the world of children in care. Ms Hartley's books could be considered in a school curriculum as a study in a guidance program as a study in caring. Touching This book was well written with factual information in the world of Foster Caring. A touching insightful renditiins into the world of children in care. Ms Hartley's books could be considered in a school curriculum as a study in a guidance program as a study in caring.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    Another wonderful read of Maggie Hartley and her inspiring work as a foster carer. There were 3 heartbreaking short stories in this book which ended happily thanks to Maggie's determination and support. I'm looking forward to reading lots more of her books in the future. Another wonderful read of Maggie Hartley and her inspiring work as a foster carer. There were 3 heartbreaking short stories in this book which ended happily thanks to Maggie's determination and support. I'm looking forward to reading lots more of her books in the future.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Buckworth

    Sad So very happy everything worked out perfect can imagine people being so cold to baby or children. Great story for sleep

  7. 5 out of 5

    Veronica Apodaca

    Eye opening story! A good ending to a tragic beginning for two small children who were neglected by the adults in their lives.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth A Hussey

    Excellent This is a very emotional book. I laughed, cried and generally loved this book. It was interesting about what techniques that were used.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    Brilliant Excellent book I had a fabulous read, glad the children got to found a new loving home bad was able to forget about their past x

  10. 4 out of 5

    Judy Turcot

    Great read. I've read a few of Maggie's books now and have loved them all. Such sad stories with happy endings. I too cared for children and can relate to alot of her books. Great read. I've read a few of Maggie's books now and have loved them all. Such sad stories with happy endings. I too cared for children and can relate to alot of her books.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Ray

    Sad story with a very happy ending!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary Bacon

    A good read It makes you realise how other people are and how lucky you are if your family is secure and loving

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeanine

    I'll never understand how people can do this stuff to their own children.. Thank goodness for foster carers like the author. I'll never understand how people can do this stuff to their own children.. Thank goodness for foster carers like the author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    Liked it I am very glad that there are people like Maggie in the world who are willing & able to help these vulnerable children in their time of need.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrea dupra

    Maggie is truly amazing This left me in tears at some points but the work Maggie does for these children is truly amazing. Such a great ending as well!

  16. 4 out of 5

    fiona Brien

    Heartbreaking Heartbreaking story but what a wonderful ending. Hard book to put down. Amazing woman with a huge heart. Must read

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eleri Jenkins

    What a brief insightful read into the world of fostering/adoption. The book describes not only the physical impacts of children who have been mistreated in the family home but also the emotional/mental impacts - it was heart breaking to read about how the baby had been affected and how Maggie helps him overcome his issues.

  18. 4 out of 5

    jan

    Heartbreaking Very candid story. Thank god for foster parents. Well done to all foster carers. I know I could not do your job.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ina grieve

    Very good Really enjoyed this story,how the two boys and their baby brother were brought round to enjoy life and start being children again. Very heart warming,loved it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Reiner

    Great Quick Read Very good and enlightening. I enjoyed this as well as Tiny Prisoners. Well written and interesting. Maggie is a great carer.

  21. 4 out of 5

    kerry-ann ramazani

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Gayle

    another fab read , couldn't put down another fab read , couldn't put down

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Clarke

    Brilliant Fantastic read did not want it to end wish it would have had a follow-up On all 3 children .

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Pedder

    What an emotionally heartbreaking story

  25. 4 out of 5

    jessica rachel henderson

  26. 5 out of 5

    april spell

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn Murdoch

  28. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Hann

  29. 5 out of 5

    a walker

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cath T

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