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The Lost Children by [MacCracken, Mary]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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‘Mary’s moving story shows just what a difference a loving teacher can make. When I was a young teacher, Mary’s books inspired me, and I know they will inspire many more generations of teachers and readers, too.’
Torey Hayden, author of international bestseller of One Child

‘When it comes to dealing with disturbed children, no one can match Mrs MacCracken for her knowledge, compassion and delicate touch.’
New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Mary MacCracken is a learning disabilities specialist and the author of four bestselling memoirs. She was first published in the 1970s/80s. Mary is now retired and lives in New Jersey, but she is still passionate about sharing her amazing stories and experiences.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1370 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (30 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FAI69UM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,198 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The lost children is must read! Bringing these lost children into our world is done with patience care and an understanding by the teachers. Throughout the book you are hoping for just a little ray of light and these shine through. Mary and Dan you are wonderful.
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Very touching and well written. Was also similar to Torey Hayden's books, Will look forward to reading Mary's next book
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Amazon is getting really annoying for this, the book clearly says "first published as Circle of children" - but the amazon listing leaves that information out.

If you have not read "circle of children", it is the story of Mary MacCracken's early experience with special education. The style is very like Torey Hayden.

My only warning would be that the books are about the 60s, and some of the "facts", and attitudes, to children with special needs are very outdated - but if you can read past that, it is an excellent book.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, I was with Mary on her journey with the children. I can't wait to read more of her books. Similar to Torey Hayden in her work. Sad about the end as I thought there was more romance in her personal life.
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This book is about neurologically disabled children in a bygone era - with many 'back to the past' motifs like teachers smoking in the classroom (or was that just 'Special Needs' classroom ?) Our current terminology of ASD, Fragile X and GDD were terms yet to be coined , and no doubt there are many new ones being coined as we speak or type. Fashionable descriptions will always come and go; yet the children and the questions they pose to 'society' - without asking or even knowing what asking is, remain as stark and and as fascinating as ever. The term 'autism' is used in the 1960's sense of children with severe brain damage, but pocket book experts will spot many others on the 2015 spectrum but who were 'unrecognised' in that era.

The author is a well meaning amateur who volunteers to work with children who cannot be placed in the American public school system for a variety of reasons but primarily neurological disabilities. Although at times, her self conscious benevolence can grate a little, it's easy to sympathise with her dilemma of being put in at the deep end of society's abandoned with few resources and no training. There are a large number of professionals with important sounding titles such as Child Psychiatrist and Speech and Language Pathologist who visit the school for short periods of time but in practical terms, their association with the school is a vanity project. (o tempora o mores!) . The book is composed of a series of vignettes from her teaching days and I did find some of views expressed puzzling and self contradictory.
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An enjoyable read one to be recommended. The story was a bit slow to get into but once you read past the initial start of the story it then becomes acceptable.
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An unusual story, and one that kept you interested. It is nice to know that there are teachers and helpers out there to look after these children
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I love this book, it's just so well written and tugs on your heart strings! I couldn't put it down until I finished. You really feel for the children in the book, and all that Mary is doing for them.
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