The Tiger's Child

The Tiger's Child

Book - 1995
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Special-education teacher Torey Hayden's first book, "One Child, " was an international bestseller, thrilling readers on every continent. Their hearts were captured by Sheila, a silent, troubled girl who had been abandoned on a highway by her mother and abused by her alcoholic father, and who refused to speak. As Hayden writes in the prologue to this book, "This little girl had a profound effect on me. Her courage, her resilience, and her inadvertent ability to express that great, gaping need to be loved that we all feel -- in short, her humanness -- brought me into contact with my own."

Since then Hayden has gone on to write books about many of her students, but her fans continue to ask her, "What happened to Sheila?" "The Tiger's Child" is her response. Here Hayden tells how Sheila, now a young woman, finally came to terms with her nightmare childhood.

When Hayden was working on "One Child, " she showed the manuscript to Sheila, then a teenager, and was astonished to find that Sheilaremembered almost nothing of her troubled younger years. She had no recollection of her many clashes with her teacher as Hayden tried to break through her emotional pain. And although Hayden had managed to get Sheila to communicate and become an active and lively child, Sheila's home life was still very troubled. Her father had been sent to prison when she was eight and Sheila had run away from a series of foster homes until finally she was placed in a children's home.

Publisher: New York ;, Toronto, Ontario :, A Lisa Drew Book/Scribner,, [1995]
Copyright Date: ©1995
ISBN: 9780025491502
Characteristics: 256 pages ;,24 cm.


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Jul 15, 2011

One of my favorite authors from when I was a teenager. Really compelling story that I loved!

penpencil22 Jun 24, 2011

I wanted the follow-up on Sheila to have more of a typical "happy ending," but that's just not life, right? I still loved it, and I am glad Torey wrote more on Sheila, so that we knew where she ended up.

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