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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully touching
This is another fine work from Hayden, up there with her best.

Taking place after the mainstreaming act, which eliminated classes for disordered children, Torey is acting as a resource room teacher and doesn't have a proper class of her own. Soon into the year though a young boy appears who just will not fit in anywhere else. Boo's parents are at their wits end...
Published on 4 Jan. 2008 by J.E.T

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3.0 out of 5 stars Heart breaking stories
Love Torey Hayden's stories. This one wasn't quite as good as others I have read by the same author but as a follow up to an original story was interesting and probably difficult to maintain privacy.
Published on 21 May 2013 by Sheils


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully touching, 4 Jan. 2008
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This is another fine work from Hayden, up there with her best.

Taking place after the mainstreaming act, which eliminated classes for disordered children, Torey is acting as a resource room teacher and doesn't have a proper class of her own. Soon into the year though a young boy appears who just will not fit in anywhere else. Boo's parents are at their wits end and can't cope with the autistic child on their own anymore. Soon Torey finds the child has come to join her in the afternoons along with her lovable, caring but brain damaged resource student Lori. Not knowing what to do with the unusual and very different pair she finds herself in at the deep end and with a very small, but no less troublesome, class of her own once again. But it isn't left there: throughout the following months two more children who have slipped through the system fall into her care. 11 year old Tomaso suffers violent rages after the death of his father and his being put into foster care and it is put down to Hayden to tame him. Then 12 year old Claudia emerges: pregnant, confused and vulnerable she has been pulled out of her Catholic school to finish the year alongside the other children in Hayden's class.

Ranging from seven to twelve, and with a number of different problems of their own, Torey has to pull out all the stops and use every trick in the book to makes sure she gets the children where they need to be by the end of their year together. With her home life deteriorating around her she finds herself engulfed more than ever in the education of these children and trying to find ways to make them ready to be mainstreamed once again. However, in one of the hardest struggles yet Hayden finds herself in constant arguments with another teacher, subject to classroom inspections and trying to work miracles for the children she has grown to love so much.

This was a very endearing tale and shows how, in times of need, all kinds of characters can pull together to ensure goals are met. What, at the beginning, seems like a mismatched class which will never work, turns into a series of beautiful friendships and proves that education may not be the most important thing after all- emotions and friendship are the key to being happy.

This is the kind of book which is very hard to put down. A real-page turner, it teaches much about life and shows that things are never as dire as they may seem. This is classic Hayden and shows once again her wonderful gift for bringing out the best in people and never giving up. Definitely give this a try: inspirational, emotional and beautifully written at the same time this is one that should not be passed up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 29 Aug. 2008
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A truly heartwarming ending to a incredible sad, inspiring and uplifting story. Proving that anyone can make a difference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 25 Mar. 2009
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This story is one that is filled with heartache and love. Hayden tells the story of a group of students who have been brought together with a range of severe emotional and psychological problems. The four children under Hayden's care have all suffered some kind of abuse and have been left scarred and troubled. Hayden takes us on a journey of getting to know these children, and ultimately bringing them together to be a family which many of them had not experienced before. In the end I was left with a sense of wonder and awe for the work and progress that Hayden had made with these children. As always Hayden's novels leave you with wanting more and this was definitely a book that was difficult to put down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good gentle Sunday afternoon in the sun read., 8 Jun. 2013
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A well written story of a teacher's struggle to make sense of our world for a group of kids destined to have problems. Sometimes the American jargon and spelling irritates but on the whole a good read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Somebody else's kids, 7 Nov. 2007
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As with all of her books, I loved it. Heart warming whenever progress however small is made and heart breaking when none can be made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helping 'special children', 25 April 2014
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Have read many books by this author and enjoyed them, this one was no different as I enjoyed it too. I found it to be sad, heart-warming, funny and enlightening all at the same time! This lady has spent most of her life helping 'special' children successfully and I love reading the in's and out's of how she does it instinctively.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable book, 15 July 2013
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I have read quite a few of Toreys. Books, I really enjoyed reading this one, to see how far these children come and the wonderful relationship they build together and with Torey. She is honest about her failings as well as her sucess, this book was heartwarming, I did not want it to end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brave woman, 12 Jun. 2014
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This was a well written book and gave the reader a glimpse of the difficulties and rewards of working with these children. Those who are able to see through the defences of some of the damaged children in society are rare and should be treasured. Food for thought and a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars torey hayden, 15 May 2014
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I really enjoyed reading this book, despite concentrating on the relationship between a parent in trouble as well as dealing with classic children she's looked after scenario. Might put some people who are fans of her previous work off, but I enjoyed reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Somebody Else's Kids, 30 May 2014
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What an excellent read. The children were all absolutely wonderful and it must have been a tremendous privilege to have worked with them. As usual, Torey tells her experience in a charming way pointing out all the wonderful parts of each Childs personality.
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