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Ghost Girl: The true story of a child in desperate peril - and a teacher who saved her [Paperback]

Torey Hayden
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6 Mar 2006

A stunning and poignant account of an extraordinary teacher's determination from the author of the #1 Sunday Times bestsellers The Tiger's Child and One Child.

Jadie never spoke, never laughed, never cried. She spent every waking hour locked in her own private world of shadows. But nothing in Torey Hayden's experience had prepared her for the nightmare Jadie revealed to her when finally persuaded to break her self-imposed silence. It was a story too painful, too horrific for Hayden's professional colleagues to acknowledge.

But Torey Hayden could not close her ears… or her heart. A little girl was trapped in a living hell of unspeakable memories. And it would take every ounce of courage, compassion, and love that one remarkable teacher possessed to rid the "Ghost Girl" of the malevolent spirits that haunted her.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element; 1st HarperElement Eidtion edition (6 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007218648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007218646
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,962 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 valuable, she's incredible. The world needs more like Torey Hayden." – Boston Globe

"A testament to the powers of caring and commitment." Publishers Weekly.

"An amazing story."
Washington Post.

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.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, sad, very shocking 8 Jun 2005
By AliG
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the third Torey Hayden book I have read (the first two were One Child and it's sequel, Tiger's child, both excellent). This book, Ghost Girl, is incredibly moving and extremely shocking. It is hard to believe that this sort of abuse goes on, but it does, and here Torey tries so desperately to help this little girl, Jadie, a pupil in her class for special needs kids, who is an elective mute but begins to talk to Torey almost immediately. It soon becomes clear that something is very, very wrong but Torey can't quite put her finger on it, and tries very hard to encourage Jadie to tell all. When she eventually does confess to everything that is happening to her and her six year old sister, Amber, and even to her 18 month old baby sister Sapphire, Torey is terribly shocked and unsure what to do, as she has promised Jadie she won't tell anybody of their secret after school conversations. But matters take a dramatic turn - you'll have to read it to find out the rest! I really enjoy reading Torey's books and find them hard to put down once started, and I am about to order 2 more to take on holiday with me! Highly recommended.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Fran
I had read One Child and I loved that and I bought the sequel which I have also read. I bought this one as soon as it came out.

This book is about a child called Jadie who is an elective mute (doesn't talk because she doesn't want to) and when she does start to talk, the stories she tells Torey disturb her and draw her closer to her. I don't want to say more as it may ruin it, but it is certainly a mesmeriing read.

As someone else has said, this isn't for the faint of heart. But it depends on that and not your age; I am 15, for example. It did disturb and unsettle me as I have never read anything like this before and everything is detailed.

You really feel for the child, Jadie, and sometimes you can't quite believe what is happening.

Couldn't put it down, and I had to with great difficulty. It is different to her other books due to the fact that it may disturb some people more so than other novels similar to this. This book really makes you stop and think.

Buy it if you already love Hayden but if you are a first time buyer of Hayden, or any other real life reads, perhaps don't go for this one as it is intense. I'd recommend One Child by Hayden instead.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very powerfull and moving book to read 15 Aug 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have to say this book was very moving and painfull to read.
I could not not stop myself from crying at times as the main little girl in this book called Jadie suffers such horrific sexual abuse it is very hard to read what her and her sister go through.
What keeps you gripped is Torey Hadens love and kindness to Jadie, her concern and determination to get her out of this nightmare. Its very powerfull words.
All i can say is it when you read this it does play on your mind and you will be upset by what you read but on the other hand it shows you there are amazing people like Torey Haden out there helping children escape these kind of nightmares and there are people willing to fight to put these evil people away.
God bless you Torey Haden!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror in Real Life 9 Aug 2006
My god!!! I read this book in 2 days. Torey Hayden deserves all cudos going for working with and helping Jadie. This reads like a real life horror and what this little girl reveals could never be made up. A true patience and understanding from Hayden comes through in this book, and whilst at times I felt physically sick reading it I can only imagine how she must have felt hearing these revelations from a young child.Hayden also goes into a lot of explanations about possible outcomes at the end of this book and this makes very interesting and informative reading. It is harrowing, gut wrenching, unbelievable(in the shocked sense) and shocking. DO NOT be put off by this, this book is a truly FIRST CLASS read and leaves you realising that just as thare are bad guys there are an awful lot of good guys too. Hayden is one of these.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book I'll never forget 15 Sep 2004
By Tracey
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's hard to describe the effect this book had on me. But two things remain solid in my mind, firstly the harsh reality that what happened to this young girl happens in reality and far too often and secondly the passion of a teacher who is just not prepared to give up hope in finding the truth.
Absolutely fantastic book that not only captured my attention within the first paragraph but also brought me to tears. When I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down and had to finish reading it the same day. Which is exactly what I did.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars compelling yet horrible to read 14 Mar 2006
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This book is not for the faint hearted. Torey does not hold back when describing the abuse suffered by the children she has worked with. One Child made me cry, Ghost Girl made me physically sick. It's the first time I had to stop reading and come back to it a few days later.
I'm not going to descibe the book's story - just read it!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly moving 27 Nov 2006
By J.E.T
This was the first novel I ever read of Hayden's and it moved me very deeply.

Talking of a difficult topic it is an emotionally gripping but a very worthwhile novel. You have to praise the work Hayden did with the troubled young girl Jadie was when we first meet her- it shows the work of a true professional.

I will admit that I was moved to tears at several points but found the book very difficult to put down- I read it within two sittings.

An excellent novel which allows a deeper insight into the psychology of the mind and how it can overcome even the worst experiences. It got me hooked on Hayden's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted
This book is hard to put down as you can feel the need to help this young girl and her teacher x very graphic in places but in small doses so it don't feel too much
Published 15 days ago by tanya nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Alan Cook
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Didn't enjoy this book so much.
Published 1 month ago by m g postlethwaite
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating and sad
I had mixed feelings about this book. The writing was reasonable at best, however what frustrated me was that as both a trained psychologist and teacher, which is in itself... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Josi
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful and sometimes hard hitting story
This is a very well written and gripping book. I couldn't put it down and read it at every available moment. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cazziek
5.0 out of 5 stars heartbreaking
A heartbreaking account of a little girl who was scared and alone. Well written. Dramatic. Very emotional. A must for all who love true stories.
Published 2 months ago by L. Baker
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I read my first Torey Hayden book (Somebdy else's kids) a few weeks ago. I thought I would try it as I have read a lot of Cathy Glass books and this seemed in a similar vein, I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sharon Hooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Girl
Torey Haden is a good writer she tells a story of children who have difficulties and a teacher helps them. I haven't read all this book yet only the sample.
Published 3 months ago by jillian cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Girl
Another excellent book could not put it down I have now read all Torey Haden`s books and have enjoyed every one of them.
Published 3 months ago by mrs s a smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Really gd
Am reading this story at the moment it is so gripping and intriguing,keeps you in suspence 1chapter to another brilliantly written
Published 5 months ago by christine ramm
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