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One Child Hardcover – 2004

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  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins; 1st edition (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007821115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007821112
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,042,607 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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This is the remarkable story of a teacher and a terribly traumatised little girl found abandoned on a motorway.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Feb. 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What more can I say? I read this book for the first time several years ago, and I have re-read it over and over. I have a great respect and admiration for Torey Hayden. Her writing inspired me to pursue a career in education and it has changed the way I relate to people, especially children. I heard that One Child is required reading for some college education courses, and it should be! It is great for teachers, parents, or ANYONE! It kept my interest even though I don't normally read very much. If you think you might be interested in this book, please read it-you won't be sorry! Be sure to have a box of tissues handy. :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By O. Doyle on 11 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
This is the harrowing story of an abandoned and abused child who has never shown any emotion and how one Teacher changed all that. Sheila was placed in Torey’s class as a holding place until a place becomes available in a secure hospital. When she is first introduced Sheila is the quintessential wild-child but with some careful but firm nurturing the gifted child within eventually shines through.
I loved the way this story just sucked you in so you can picture all the children in Torey’s class just sitting in front of you. Reading how Torey managed to tame Sheila and how Sheila managed to cope with being tamed was enthralling. It gives you a new-found respect for Teachers of this stature who put their lives on hold to help those unable to help themselves. And it makes you want to scoop Sheila up and just hug her!
I didn’t realize that ‘Tigers Child’ was a continuation but will be ordering it asap to see what happened next.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "angelajones50" on 28 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
never having read a book by torey hayden i found her book one child to be the most amazing story of courage from the little girl sheila who the story is about to torey herself who is a teacher who went futher then most would to reach her. i couldnt put this book down and went though many emotions reading this from pride to how sheila came along to sadness from all the suffering she went thorough a real rollercoaster of emotions leaving me in tears i will let you read the book to see if they are tears of sadness or tears of joy, i cant wait to read her other books
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Gates on 1 Jun. 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a great book and a must read. I was handed this book and started reading late one afternoon - after the first chapter I was hooked and read the entire book that night! It's a roller-coaster ride of emotion, heart warming and emotional to the end. Once you've finished this book you will want to read Tiger's Child by the same author. I finished this book, ordered the second and completed that book in one sitting! I highly recommend both and especially to anyone suffering from clinical depression. Truly inspirational.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 20 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
if you have children, this will be a hard book to read but one which sould be read.
a story of trust. love and hope.
torey hayden recounts her life in the classroom of 'difficult' children and how she has helped stabalise them into teaching them and dealing with them and them dealing with everyday life.
this is a story about one child, sheila, aboandoned, unloved, abused and how she helped sheila.
there are lots of books out there about this subject. one story they all give is hope.
read this book and weep. weep for the lost childhood but, above all, weep for the hope
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KBex on 5 April 2005
Format: Paperback
Torey Hayden recounts the simple, riveting tale a classroom of "crazies" - troubled and mentally disturbed children - centering around her relationship with one girl. Six-year-old Sheila has seen and done horrors unimaginable to most adults; destined to spend her life in a hospital for lighting a three-year-old boy on fire, Hayden imagines the girl to be a hopeless case.
The charm of this books is not in hidden beneath jumbled metaphors and complicated text; it flows easily from page to mind to heart. The real charm of this books lies in the innocence of not only the tortured Sheila, but also that of Hayden, who we also are allowed to watch and feel for through the book, as she is our lense into the world that these children face. It's not done up with drama or long-winded, poetic meanderings of the writer's mind. It is instead based in the humble day to day activites sporatically disrupted by the natural drama that Sheila brings along. Every step of Sheila and Hayden's journey together, the reader is brought closer to their hearts, touched and angered by every event that occurs.
Hayden fights through her struggle to come out in the end more the wiser, as so does the reader. Wiser, less innocent, and so increadibly changed by the tremendous story of one little girl and the teacher who did nothing less and nothing more than simply love her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jen Thread on 31 May 2006
Format: Paperback
Ok, so christmas day i open a present from my mum and its 'one child' not seen this book before, not one for reading to be honest dont like all these made up stories of wizards etc... taking into account i was only 15 this christmas and when i read some to my mum she said, 'oh...not quite christms reading is it, i wouldn't have bought it had i known', i was weary about reading it but boxing day came and we were going skiing with two other families so i took the book anyway, i must have read nearly a third by the time we landed in france, i am a slow reader but i never wanted to put this book down, it is such a moving story and you were gripped until the very end. i read all of this book in about 5 days and it was amazing i dont wanna give it away what happens because it would ruin it, but ive never read a book that could move me so much, ok i might cry at anything but u felt physically sick at some points in this story. i have now read; one child, the tigers child, twilight children and ghost girl. each one is individual in it own way but ll totally fasinating! i have just this afternoon finished ghost girl and im now looking for a new book to order...if your going to order one child you may as well order the rest i promise you you will be gripped by the end.

buy it!!!
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