Just Another Kid Author:Torey Hayden 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-... more »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.« less
I love all her books, but I think I like this one the best because of the mother of one of the children. While her girl needs help, the mother is one big mess as well, and through working with Torey as a teacher's aide and and a long painfull process to become friends she gets much of the help she has needed for so long. I ended up caught up in her problems more than the children, but the whole story was great and I love all the help she brings to these children than no one else seems to be able to help.
Another touching and heart warming book by Torey Hayden. This time, she finds that the mother of one of her students needs help as much as the woman's daughter. Torey always brings her students to life for the readers, allowing you to see that disabled and severely emotionally disturbed students are very special beyond the confines of their sometimes outrageous behavoirs.
This one was a hard one to read but well worth the tears. Stories are very sad and it took a lot out of me. Made myself read only a little a day. Took five seven days to read. Torey Hayden is truly a gift and is not affaid to step out of the box. Do wish I had someone like her when I was in school. My gift came to me in the form of a boyfriend(now husband), he pulled me out and aloud me to live.
All of Torey Hayden books are worth the read. This woman is a miracle worker.Here she tells of another story with troubled children and how, with little to no help, she manages to make a class room for these very troubled children that most teachers would not have a clue how to get thru to. She never gives up. Each child is a blessing and even though difficult, you will love them all at the end of the book.
This was another interesting glimpse into one school year with Hayden's classroom. What makes this story unique is how much Hayden helps out the mother of one of her students. The transformation that occurs during the year is nothing short of remarkable. Very inspirational read.
How could I have missed this author! I was very impressed with Torey Hayden and her inventive and loving teaching methods. In this true story she paints a beautiful picture of what these kids' emotional problems are as well as what they physically look like. I could truly see them. What a blessing this teacher was to the children as well as their parents!