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His name was Kevin but his keepers called him Zoo Boy. He didn't talk. He hid under tables and surrounded himself with a cage of chairs. He hadn't been out of the building in the four years since he'd come in. He was afraid of water and wouldn't take a shower. He was afraid to be naked, to change his clothes. He was nearly 16.

Desperate to see change in the boy, the staff of Kevin's adolescent treatment center hired Hayden. As Hayden read to him and encouraged him to read, crawling down into his cage of chairs with him, Kevin talked. Then he started to draw and paint and showed himself to have a quick wit and a rolling, seething, murderous hatred for his stepfather.

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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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Krystal, April 6, 2007 (view all comments by Krystal)
Hayden portrays the life of a boy who has endured unspeakable pain realistically and empathically. She writes about the difficulties of treating a child with selective mutism, portraying the difficulties, but also instilling hope that he can recover. It is a heart wrenching tale of a troubled youth and someone who really cared. All of Hayden's work seems to have one underlying theme which is a belief that those children that so many have given up on can actually get better and be competent members of our society because one person cared enough to see them through their tough times.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780380652273
Author:
Hayden, Torey L.
Publisher:
Avon
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Children with Special Needs
Subject:
Child Psychology
Subject:
Abused children
Subject:
Child abuse
Subject:
Problem children
Subject:
Child psychopathology
Subject:
Mentally ill children
Subject:
Developmental - Child
Subject:
Psychotherapy - Child & Adolescent
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Series Volume:
no. 2, Aug. 1935
Publication Date:
20020730
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
6.92x4.46x.89 in. .36 lbs.

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