The Throwaway Children by Diney Costeloe

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Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a violent bully called Jimmy Randall and has a baby boy by him. Under pressure from her new husband, she is persuaded to send the girls to an orphanage, not knowing that the papers she has signed will entitle them to do what they like with the children. And it is not long before the powers that be decide to send a consignment of orphans to their sister institution in Australia. Among them—without their family's consent or knowledge—are Rita and Rosie, the throwaway children.

About Diney Costeloe

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Diney Costeloe published several successful sagas in the 1980s, before family life intervened. She lives in Somerset.
Published August 1, 2015 by Head of Zeus. 497 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, History. Fiction

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Another underused character was the school bully Sheila, who could have added another layer to Rita's misery by making her life hell at school, but her bark ended up being much worse than her bite and she too eventually faded into the background.

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