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Beautiful Child: The story of a child trapped in silence and the teacher who refused to give up on her Hardcover – 4 Sep 2006

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element (4 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007235135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007235131
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,278,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Torey Hayden is an educational psychologist and a special education teacher who, since 1979, has chronicled her struggles in the classroom in a succession of bestselling books. She currently lives and writes in North Wales.

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“Torey Hayden deserves the kind of respect I can’t give many people. She isn’t just valuable, she’s incredible. The world needs more like Torey Hayden.” Boston Globe

“Chilling and affecting.” Chicago Tribune

“Moving – as lively and surprising as the kids, it so deftly portrays.“ O Magazine

About the Author

Born in Montana, USA, Torey Hayden has spent most of her adult life working with children in distress. Now living in Great Britain, she divides her time between writing and volunteer work with several British charities. Torey is author of numerous internationally best-selling books about her experiences as a special education teacher and therapist. She has also written two novels and two children's books.

Find her at www.torey-hayden.com


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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By H. Ford on 7 Dec. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Once again Torey Hayden has written an inspiring book that offers hope and encouragement to all who work with children in special education and to those children themselves. She teaches us that children with special needs, particularly those who have been neglected and/or abused, must be allowed time to trust again.As always she deals sensitively, but not sentimentally, with the gradual process of recovery of an abused child.The subject of this book is a little girl, an elective mute, whose experience of life is so abhorrent that recovery of any kind initially seems an impossible goal. However the author's care for her pupil, her determination to succeed, her natural teaching ability and her gut level instinct for the right way to proceed all mean that this goal is, finally, reached. This book, along with others by the same author, should be made compulsory reading for all student teachers.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Graydon on 26 Nov. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Torey Hayden has to be the best writer of non fiction I have ever read.The way she writes,you feel like you know her and all her children.You feel like you have been in her classrooms and know her little ways.She shows her weaknesses and her strengths.For people who have children or work with children,read this book and any tantrum your child has ever had will pale into comparison to what Torey deals with every day in her classroom.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By BS DAVIES on 18 Feb. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thought this book would be a bit depressing, and hard to read, but the way it was written was nothing short of amazing, I read the book in one evening I literally couldn't put it down, some parts I had tears in my eyes for the unbelievable suffering little Venus suffered, to think that if it hadn't been for Torey Hayden, no-one would have even known this little girl could speak never mind anything else. But it wasn't all doom and gloom some parts of the book had me laughing, the way Ms Hayden wrote about the children she looked after could be very funny indeed. She didn't make her self look like a saint, she pointed out her faults (which were pretty human) and she seemed to write the book with so much feeling, it was a privilage to read, and I would strongly recommend this book to anyone, (I've already started reading "Ghost girl" by Tory Hayden.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. Payne on 28 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
I have only read 2 of Torey Hayden's books - this one and Ghost Girl. I have to say that I felt that this book was better than Ghost Girl. The story was longer and I felt that you became more involved with the characters. As always, there were some fantastic scenes that made me laugh out loud and some scenes that made me feel a bit sick. The style of writing is gripping and I finished the book in 2 days. I'm off to get another one of her books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. J. Jacques on 27 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am not a natural reader and yet could not put this book down. I have since purchased her entire set of books, all on the subject of her experiences of having worked as a special needs teacher/psychologist. She is an amazing writer and as a mother of a special needs child, the world most certainly needs more writer and more people like Torey Hayden. I have recommended this and her other books to many. You will not be disappointed. Of all her books I found "Twilight Children" to be the most difficult, mainly because it goes into far more disturbed behaviour.

Excellent author. Fully recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By reader on 5 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
I was given this book as a gift and was a wee bit apprehensive about reading it. Needless to say it was one of the best books I've ever read. Other books I have read on similar issues have been stomach-churning and difficult to read, but Torey made this book a very beautiful, moving read. I truly felt that all the children's personalities, from their laughter to their tears really shone through, especially Venus. I found myself personally willing her on. I'll definitely be purchasing the rest of the set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fran on 4 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I received this book for the Christmas this year and I devoured it in 2 days.

The first book I ever had of Torey's was One Child, and since then I have manged to get my hands on The Tiger's Child (the sequel), Just Another Kid, Ghost Girl and Twilight Children.

Before this book I read Twilight Children. It was a moving story but not her best and I had read Ghost Girl Previously which was very beautiful but also slightly disturbing.

I was looking forward to Beautiful Child and it didn't disappoint. When I read One Child, it stirred very powerful emotions in me and this did the same. It's not until the middle of the book or so that something happens with Venus but it wasn't boring. The other children in her class were delightful and I especially liked Billy. Although it is mainly focused on Venus, she does talk about the kids in her class and her aide Julie.

The book was very moving and I really would recommend to any other Torey fan or anyone who wants to start this 'genre' or one of her books. It is good for a first novel, as is One Child - however I wouldn't recommend Ghost Girl as a first novel for some people as they may be disturbed, I know my neighbour was (but do read Ghost Girl).

This was another fantastic book and is up there with my favourite One Child. It really is moving and a very good book with some humourous moments in it too, that I strongly recommend. Read it - seriously.
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