Just Another Kid

Just Another Kid

Book - 1988
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From the bestselling author of One Child comes these remarkable stories of six traumatized children who appeared to have no hope for the future and the incredible teacher who would break through their shells.

Torey Hayden faced six emotionally troubled kids no other teacher could handle--three recent arrivals from battle-torn 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 Hayden once again touches our hearts with her account of the miracles that can happen in her class of "special" children.

 

 

 

Publisher: New York : Avon Books, c1988.
ISBN: 9780380705641
0380705648
Characteristics: 411 pages

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penpencil22 Apr 01, 2012

"Be careful that what you think of as tolerance doesn't become lack of judgment."

penpencil22 Jun 24, 2011

"It seems to be the way I think. I mean, not what I think, but how I think. And how I talk. Because, like sometimes, I just... it just... what? Stops? Freezes? Or maybe it was never there to begin with. I don't know. But I keep watching everyone else and they don't seem to have this kind of problem."

penpencil22 Jun 24, 2011

"Tense, she became less articulate. Frightened at finding herself unable to say what she wanted, she panicked. The panic destroyed whatever bit of expression she was still capable of."

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penpencil22 Jun 24, 2011

I loved it simply because of the character of Ladbrooke (who wasn't even one of the children). I found someone else who was "like me," and it was wonderful to know I wasn't the only one.

"Tense, she became less articulate. Frightened at finding herself unable to say what she wanted, she panicked. The panic destroyed whatever bit of expression she was still capable of."

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