Beautiful Child: The True Story of a Child Trapped in Silence and the Teacher Who Refused to Give Up on Her (Paperback)

Beautiful Child: The True Story of a Child Trapped in Silence and the Teacher Who Refused to Give Up on Her By Torey Hayden Cover Image
Not in stock at Boswell. Available to order.


From the bestselling author of One Child comes this amazing, true story of a mute and withdrawn seven—year—old girl and the special education teacher determined never to abandon a child in need.

Seven-year-old Venus Fox never spoke, never listened, never even acknowledged the presence of another human being in the room with her. Yet an accidental playground “bump” would release a rage frightening to behold. The school year that followed would be one of the most trying, perplexing, and ultimately rewarding of Torey Hayden’s career, as she struggled to reach a silent child in obvious pain. It would be a strenuous journey beset by seemingly insurmountable obstacles and darkened by truly terrible revelations—yet encouraged by sometimes small, sometimes dazzling breakthroughs—as a dedicated teacher remained committed to helping a “hopeless” girl, and patiently and lovingly leading her toward the light of a new day.

About the Author

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 lives and writes in the U.K.

Praise For…

“Fresh and compelling...[Hayden] spins out the story with gusto and a storyteller’s art.” — Chicago Tribune

“Page after page proves again the power of love and the resiliency of life.” — Los Angeles Times

“Torey Hayden gives one hope for the future of public schools, indeed for the future of the human race.” — Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

“The world needs more like Torey Hayden.” — Boston Globe

“Hayden is a fine storyteller.” — Washington Post

“A rich tapestry of a group of special needs youngsters and the adults who try to help them.” — Publishers Weekly

“It has been a long time since you read a book with the emotional impact of One Child.” — New York Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062662743
ISBN-10: 0062662740
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: February 28th, 2017
Pages: 400
Language: English