Beautiful Child

Mass Market Paperback | April 29, 2003

byTorey Hayden

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From the bestselling author of One Child comes this amazing, true story of a mute and withdrawn seven—year—old girl and the special education teacher determined never to abandon a child in need.

Seven-year-old Venus Fox never spoke, never listened, never even acknowledged the presence of another human being in the room with her. Yet an accidental playground “bump” would release a rage frightening to behold. The school year that followed would be one of the most trying, perplexing, and ultimately rewarding of Torey Hayden’s career, as she struggled to reach a silent child in obvious pain. It would be a strenuous journey beset by seemingly insurmountable obstacles and darkened by truly terrible revelations—yet encouraged by sometimes small, sometimes dazzling breakthroughs—as a dedicated teacher remained committed to helping a “hopeless” girl, and patiently and lovingly leading her toward the light of a new day.

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From the bestselling author of One Child comes this amazing, true story of a mute and withdrawn seven—year—old girl and the special education teacher determined never to abandon a child in need.Seven-year-old Venus Fox never spoke, never listened, never even acknowledged the presence of another human being in the room with her. Yet an ...

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In the tradition of David Pelzer's A Child Called 'It' comes the unsettling story of a mute, almost catatonic seven–year–old and the special education teacher who tries to save her from the silence and abuse of her world.Hayden has chronicled experiences from her long career as a special education teacher in several books, including On...

Torey Hayden is an educational psychologist and a former 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, U.K., with her husband and daughter.

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1 inPublished:April 29, 2003Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060508876

ISBN - 13:9780060508876

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Child Great book, well worth a read. As with all of her work, you'll be wanting to get to the ending to find out what happens but at the same time not want the story to end. Well worth it.
Date published: 2015-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it. I love reading her books. They are so moving.
Date published: 2014-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mrs. I love Torey Hayden s books and this was no exception. It is an easy read which you do not want to put down until finnished.
Date published: 2013-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting! This a book about one school year in Torey Hayden's life. Torey is a special education teacher. This year she has twins suffering from Fetal Alcohol syndrome, a boy with Tourette's, a boy with an explosive temper and Venus Fox, an elective mute. Although the book is about all the children including a few who are sent for only a few hours each day, the book concentrates on Venus. Venus is a mute who does not respond, does not listen or even seem to acknowledge other people. Venus however does respond when accidently bumped into murderous rages. Torey tries everything in the book to get the little girl to respond to no avail. Patiently and persistently she keeps on trying until she gets the slightest of nods. Venus does not come to school on a consistent basis and it seems for every step forward there are two back. Torey goes above and beyond to reach this child and bring her back from her silent world
Date published: 2010-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful! All of Torey Hayden's books are great. You can not put them down, you have to read them all!
Date published: 2006-06-04

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“It has been a long time since you read a book with the emotional impact of One Child.”