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heartbreaking, powerful short story from Britain’s most-loved foster carer, perfect for fans of Cathy Glass and Casey Watson.

‘An amazing inspiration’ 5* Reader Review
‘Maggie has yet again proved how valuable she is to vulnerable children and young people.’ – 5* Reader Review
‘Brilliant Read’ – 5* Reader Review

Teenager Carl arrives on foster carer Maggie Hartley’s doorstep following a terrible row with his father.

Quiet, withdrawn and unhappy, Carl refuses to talk about his home life, and Maggie finds herself at a loss as to how to help this vulnerable, lost boy. It’s clear that there’s a very heavy burden resting on Carl’s young shoulders, but with the boy refusing to confide in anyone, and with concerns about his mental health growing by the day, Maggie begins to feel desperate.

A chance discovery in Carl’s room finally reveals the truth behind the boy’s anguish, and despite all her years of experience as a foster carer, Carl’s secret is unlike anything Maggie has ever had to deal with before.

Can Maggie help this confused and unhappy boy share the truth behind his misery? And can Carl ever find a way to move beyond his pain to live a happy, normal life?