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Tiger's Child: The story of a gifted, troubled child and the teacher who refused to give up on her [Paperback]

Torey Hayden
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17 May 2005

Torey Hayden returns with this deeply-moving sequel to her first book, One Child (the Sunday Times bestseller). After seven years, Torey is reunited with Sheila, the disturbed 6-year-old she tried to rescue.

Sheila was a deeply disturbed six-year-old when she came into Torey Hayden's life – a story poignantly chronicled One Child. The Tiger's Child picks up the story seven years later. Hayden has lost touch with the child she helped to free from a hellish inner prison of rage and silence. But now Sheila is back, now a gangly teenager with bright orange hair – no longer broken and lost, but still troubled and searching for answers.

This story of dedication and caring that began in childhood moves into a new and extraordinary chapter that tests the strength and heart of both Sheila and her one-time teacher. In The Tiger's Child the skilled and loving educator answers the call once again to help a child in need through her difficult yet glorious transition into young womanhood.

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  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element; 1st Harper Element Edition edition (17 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007206976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007206971
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,868 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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No 1 on the Sunday Times best-seller list.

“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

"Read The Tiger's Child and the characters will haunt you." Indianapolis News.

"Resonates with drama… A deeply moving sequel." Library Journal.

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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 15 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
...I suppose we all take a different view after reading a book or seeing a movie. I have read everyone of Torey's books, she is amazing. I read a few harsh critics who while they liked the book they had a few judgements to pass on to Torey. Well I would just like to know how many of their years of life they have dedicated to helping children and youth. One referred to Torey as being unsympathetic and unwilling to go the distance. She has always gone way beyond the call of duty and has never been unsympathetic. However if she was to only coddle Sheila and encourage her to focus on her role as "victim", Sheila would have never been empowered and been left with only bitter resentment. Another reader thought Torey was expecting too much when re-connecting with Shelia. Torey does what she does because she is passionate and loves children. It is only human to hope the impact you made on a child was enough to change the path their life would take. How would you expect her to react when finding Sheila's life still in turmoil and Sheila unable to remember much of anything about their significant relationship. Certainly this is a human reaction is it not? Torey would most definitely consider Sheila the hero and not herself. However I think that credit should most definitely be given to Torey. Perhaps things would have been different for Sheila if not for Torey. I don't believe that someone who simply felt "sympathy" for Sheila would have had the kind of impact that Torey did. Nor anyone of us who just read the book but think somehow that we could do a better job than Torey. Torey had to prepare Sheila for reality, she had to empower her, teach her independance and not allow her to walk all over her. Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Bought This One In Hardcover... 28 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Normally, I do not buy hardcover books. I wait until they are released in paperback or become available at the library. But when I saw the sequel to one of my all time favorite books, "One Child", at the bookstore right after its' release, I snatched it up immediately and ran to the cash register! That night I read the whole book from start to finish without stopping. For years I had wondered what became of Sheila after Torey's last glimpse of her through the school bus window, and now that I had the answer in my hands I could not put it down. It was heartbreaking to learn that the happiness and love that Sheila discovered in Torey's classroom did not last after she left. However, the story of she survived despite her many hardships, even finding some of that happiness again when she and Torey were reunited, was fascinating and often tearjerking. I have read and loved all of Torey Hayden's books. This is one of the best. I would love to see Sheila write her own book from her point of view some day!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Like All The Others But more so 15 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read everyone of Torey's books and think she is absolutely amazing. I in fact chose my area of work partly because of the books I read by her. I was always gripped emotionally and mentally by her stories and her strength. I couldn't believe it when I discovered a book I hadn't read yet and the exhileration of discovering it was the continuing story of Sheila. She has connected with so many children throughout her life, they have had tremendous impact on her just as she has had tremendous impact on them. It is only human that she would experience the feelings she did when re-connecting with Sheila. I would think, in reference to a readers previous comment, that Torey would absolutely agree that Sheila is the hero. Torey is an amazingly gifted individual who has dedicated a great part of her life to helping children. Hats off to Torey, she does one of the most thankless jobs but reaps the greatest rewards. She does what she does because of her passion for it and for her love of children. It is not for totally unselfish reasons, and why I ask, need it be. How could she possibly emotionally, and mentally survive her career if she wasn't getting personal satisfaction from what she does. She deserves an award for what she has does for children, but most certainly she would never accept it.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiger's Child is a "must read" 24 Aug 2005
I have recently read Tiger's Child and was completely absorbed with Torey and Sheila's story. I hadn't realised until I began to read the book that it was a sequel to One Child, which I am now reading. I urge everyone to read these beautiful and inspiring books. Torey teaches patience and love can overcome hardship and sadness. This is something we all need to remember at times. First class.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tiger's Child 6 July 2005
What an excellent follow up to One Child, it was so good to find out what happened to Sheila as she was growing up. Again once you start reading you cannot put the book down, it's compulsive reading. You cannot begin to imagine what this poor girl has been through and how she has had to try and cope, with what family she has. Well done Torey for all your hard work.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Brilliant 26 July 2005
By Shannon
THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. Not only is Torey Hayden an inspirational, devoted woman, she is an articulate, witty and talented writer. I really enjoyed 'One Child', her heartbreaking, yet brilliant story of the emotionally disturbed shiela, and this follow-up is truly amazing; it's insightful, honest, emotive, and well written. I could not put it down. Torey Hayden deserves the utmost respect from us all, she really is a wonderful woman. If your deliberating buying this book, do not hesitate, purchase both of these amazing stories and you will NOT be disappointed, they show us the true strength of love and determination of both Torey and Shiela. Torey emotively and successfully recalls her involvement with shiela as a child, and as she blossomed into an intelligent, amazing young woman.
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