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One Child [Mass Market Paperback]

Torey Hayden
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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May 1981

This beautiful and deeply moving tale recounts educational psychologist Torey Hayden's battle to unlock the emotions of a troubled and sexually abused child who, with the help of Hayden, was finally able to overcome her dark past and realise her full potential.

Six-year-old Sheila was abandoned by her mother on a highway when she was four. A survivor of horrific abuse, she never spoke, never cried, and was placed in a class for severely retarded children after committing an atrocious act of violence against another child. Everyone thought Sheila was beyond salvation – except her teacher, Torey Hayden. With patience, skill, and abiding love, she fought long and hard to release a haunted little girl from her secret nightmare – and nurture the spark of genius she recognised trapped within Sheila's silence. This is the remarkable story of their journey together – an odyssey of hope, courage, and inspiring devotion that opened the heart and mind of one lost child to a new world of discovery and joy.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books:Harper Collins (New York); 1st.Ed.1981. edition (May 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380542625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380542628
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,011,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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

‘It has been a long time since you have read a book with the sheer emotional impact of One Child.’ – New York Times

‘Page after page proves again the power of love and the resiliency of life.’ – Los Angeles Times

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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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST book I have ever read!!! 4 Feb 1999
By A Customer
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heartaching touching book 2 Dec 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This story is about a teacher and one child. It's heartaching and touching from the moment Sheila walks into that classroom. It almost wanted me to become a teacher, because if you could save just one child it would be worth all the troubles you might have. Mrs. Hayden's way of describing the story and girl is very vividly and you can see Shelia standing right there in front of you. I recommend this book for everyone who is a bit interested in children, especially the need to care about kids. The way it makes you feel when Torey reach into Sheila...it gives you a very joyful moment and you wished there were more persons like her and less child abusers. This book gives you all the emotions, anger, despair, hope, love, makes you smile, makes you want to do something. So please read it!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heart Wrenching Master-piece 11 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I first read One Child in 2000 and found the story so moving I have read it once a year since. The book brings to many feelings for me to convey to you but I will bullet point the general gist:
1.A beautiful little girl called Shelia commits a crime against another child at the age of 7.
2.Torey haydon, a teacher for children with profound emotional problems has Shelia join the class while a placement opens in the local hospital for mentally Ill people.
3.Shelia is a disruptive, angry mute and makes teaching difficult for Torey.
4.Torey slowly unravels Shelia’s past and discovers a world of abuse, torture, dysfunction and brings Shelia to face her situation.
Torey brings Shelia to life and everyone that reads it will be feeling the same. Shelia is a girl everyone wants to know and help. Although Shelia has experienced things we could not imagine, she is still strong and carries such charm and innocence. I no it sounds cheesy but One Child has made me think different about life. One Child is the only book i have ever read in my life apart from the squeal, Tiger's child where you can read what happened next to Shelia as a teenager. One Child will captivate you and leave you feeling happy but also sad and you will want more. Please read this book, boy girl, child or adult. It seems relevant for everyone and I can 100% guarantee you will not retreat it. Anyone trying to write a review on this book will do no justice, the story line is simple and so easy to follow but it’s the feeling you have reading every line. It’s packed with emotion and you will not be able to put it down. Simply Beautiful!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, Emotional and Uplifting 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review on one child 28 Dec 2004
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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
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I truly loved One Child. It spoke to my heart. I'm an 8th grade teacher and found this book on a list of recommended books for middle school children. I have selected some mature readers to read One Child. They all gave it a thumbs up. Torey Hayden is a wonderful writer and a wonderful human being
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Haven't read the book yet but….
….. I bought this as a second hand book at a fraction of the new price including posting, it's like a brand new book! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jasperenie
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed reading this book
I enjoyed this book was easy reading, just wanted to find out what happened next. it wasn't really depressing which can be with as the very nature of these books. Read more
Published 9 months ago by sharon goldsworthy
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written but with serious content.
I must disagree with the rave reviews. There is serious content described but I find the self promoting narrative style unacceptable and very tedious to read. Read more
Published 10 months ago by S. Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow Book
I have a special needs boy and at times the problems / 'sorting' things out seem insurmountable. You make mistakes and have to be able to look at what you are doing and why, to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by H. Joberns
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so great
While the book has sterling reviews, I expected a good read but I found the story not quite as inspiring as promised. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Onlineshopper456
4.0 out of 5 stars one child
A well written book, the author seems honest and is detailed about the process of teaching and helping to "unravel" troubled children who have been abused.
Published 15 months ago by Jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking story!
Torey Hayden is a great story teller and I couldn't put this book down, I was captured from page 1.
Published 16 months ago by Mikaela Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving
Compulsive reading once started. I am glad that I bought the sequel at the same time as i needed to know what happened to the child afterwards.
Published 17 months ago by Happy123
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
About 8 years ago, while in foster care, I happened to stumble upon a brief interview with Torey Hayden while she was on a promotional book tour and she mentioned this book. Read more
Published 20 months ago by emma louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Very emotional book. Loved every minute could not put this down. Definate must read. Torey hayden really draws you into the storey.
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