Just Another Kid

Just Another Kid

Just Another Kid

Torey Hayden faced six emotionally troubled kids no other teacher could handle-three recent arrivals from battletorn Northern Ireland, badly traumatized by the horrors of war; eleven-year-old Dirkie, who only knew of life inside an institution; excitable Mariana, aggressive and sexually precocious at the age of eight; and seven-year-old Leslie, perhaps the most hopeless of all, unresponsive and unable to speak.

With compassion, rare insight, and masterful storytelling, teacher Torey L. Hayden once again touches our hearts with her account of the miracles that can happen in her class of “special” children.

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  1. Natalie said,

    Wrote on June 20, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

    28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Sad and Mad, June 28, 2002
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    This review is from: Just Another Kid (Mass Market Paperback)

    Those are the two words that summed up this book for me. When I was through raeding it all I felt was sad and mad. There was a child in it (not mentioning his or her name) that the whole time I honestly felt needed a good spanking since obviously nothing else was going to work. It made me think back to each child who I wasn’t able to help and the horrible things that had later on happened to them.

    Whle this book is good I recommend it in doses as it made me way too angry to read in one sitting. Your typical loveable Hayden children are here, but there is a viper among them

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  2. E. M. Bristol "bibliophile" said,

    Wrote on June 21, 2012 @ 12:03 am

    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    just another kid, November 8, 2005
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    E. M. Bristol “bibliophile” (boston, mass) –
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    In this book, Torey Hayden teaches a challenging class for emotionally disturbed children consisting of Shamie, Geraldine and Shemona, three refugees from Northern Ireland, one of whom (Shemona) is an elective mute; Dirkie, who has schizophrenia; Mariana, who is sexually precocious but academically behind; and Leslie, also autistic and unable to communicate. Hayden could badly use an aide, and she accepts Leslie’s mother, Ladbrooke, who is a beautiful but aloof women with a history of alcoholism and child abuse. Through their relationship, Ladbrooke comes to trust Hayden and begins to face up to her problems. Through working with the children, Ladbrooke develops considerable self-esteem. All but one of the children improve, as well, and make dramatic gains in academic and social skills. In an epilogue, we learn of updates, the most remarkable perhaps being Ladbrooke’s. This is anything but a grim read, however, Hayden seasons her book with a healthy dollop of black humor.

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  3. F. Radisky "pacificfaith" said,

    Wrote on June 21, 2012 @ 12:58 am

    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    “Miracles can happen for the most hopeless lost causes”, July 7, 2006
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    F. Radisky “pacificfaith” (Monterey, CA United States) –
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    This review is from: Just Another Kid (Mass Market Paperback)

    I am also the mother of a “Special Needs” child; I happened to discover “Twilight Children”, Torey Hayden’s most recent book by chance in a local bookstore. I was spellbound and couldn’t put it down, and when I had read that book, I ordered everything else she ever wrote from Amazon (how’s that for a recommendation?). This book, (and I say this without exaggeration) literally made me gasp at some parts and cry at some others. This is a book that I feel would be of value to parents of special needs children, but also to members of Alcoholics Anonymous, or anyone who believes (or wants to believe) that miracles can still happen to the most hopeless of “lost causes”.

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