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Publication Order of Sheila Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Sunflower Forest (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Overheard in a Dream (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Very Worst Thing (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Innocent Foxes (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

Ziji: The Puppy Who Learned to Meditate (With: Yongey Mingyur) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ziji and the Very Scary Man (With: Yongey Mingyur) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Somebody Else's Kids (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murphy's Boy / Silent Boy (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Just Another Kid (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost Girl (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beautiful Child (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twilight Children (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Teaching Children Who Are Hard to Reach: Relationship-Driven Classroom Practice (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Child (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Invisible Girl (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Torey Hayden born on 21st May 1951 is a university lecturer, special education teacher, and author of non-fiction books. Most of her published books are based on her real-life encounters while teaching, counselling and tending to children with special needs.

Based in Livingston, Montana in the United States, Torey Hayden writes her books based on the following themes; Tourette Syndrome, autism, fetal alcohol syndrome, sexual abuse, and selective mutism.

During her early life, she attended a high school in Billings, Montana and graduate in 1969. Later, she joined Whitman College in Walla Walla Washington. She then attended Montana State University Billings and graduated with a master’s degree in special education in 1975. Being a determined and focused woman, she advanced her education and attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where she received a doctorate in educational psychology. While undertaking her doctorate studies, she worked at the University Hospitals in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

After completion of her doctorate education, she moved to Wales in 1980 where she got married to a Scotsman named Ken in the year 1982. The couple had a daughter named Sheena in 1985. However, her marriage did not last for long, and she later divorced her husband.

Torey Hayden has authored three superb novels and eight nonfiction books that are based on her real-life experience working with children with special needs. She also authored two children books.

With over 30-years of writing, her books have been nominated worldwide as being the bestsellers and have been translated into over 35 languages. Some of her well-detailed novels have been adapted for the big screen, while others are appearing as an opera, stage productions, kabuki theater and even opera.

Torey Hayden currently works with children and adults experiencing distress through the following charities; ChildLine, NSPCC, Samaritan, and the Citizens Advice Bureau.

One Child

One of her earliest books is One Child. The book was published in 1980 in the United States and has been translated into 27 languages. The book describes a story of an extraordinary teacher seeking to find a lost little girl. The book describes Torey Hayden real life experience with a disturbed six-year-old girl. With no place for the small girl at the hospital (previously attempted to burn a three-year-old boy), she ends up being a student for Hayden class for five months.

The little girl name is Sheila who appears to have been forgotten by her society, family and even the system she where she lives. The girl spends her period in Hayden class waiting to be transferred to a state hospital.

However, over the course of the five months, her teacher Torrey manages to transform the once neglected child into a self-assured and a happy child ready to join the second grade rather than a state hospital.

In the book, the author portrays herself as a special education teacher working with the kids that are unclassifiable. The children are considered by the society as incapable of fitting in regular special education classrooms.

Torey is, however, patient and determined as she continues to work with Sheila. She allows the little girl first to become comfortable with her new environment and no matter what Sheila does; Torey is calm. With time Sheila begins to open up and Torey is even surprised that she completely fits the fifth grade. She makes friends with some of her classmates.

It is until one day that the little girl goes to school with blood all over her. Sheila informs her teacher that it is indeed her uncle Jerry who molested her and cut her private parts with a knife. Sheila is taken to the hospital and when she heals physically, and Torrey supports her emotionally.

Almost a year later, Sheila is completely healed, and Torey wants to pursue more education to help more physically challenged children. They both travel different roads together and pursue different life goals.

The Ghost Girl

The Ghost Girl is a nonfictions book that describes the efforts of a special education teacher in helping to save Jadie and her two sisters from molestation. The novel brings out the aspect of a society with decayed morals where parents and even guardians do not take full responsibilities. Torey uses her working experience to establish that the little girls are being abused. She is determined to pursue Jadies case even if it means ruining her reputation or even losing her job.

Jadie and Torey first meet when Torey accepts the teaching job in a special education class in a small town called Pecking. Jadie is of normal intelligence. However, she has been placed in special education class because she does not speak to anyone at school. Torey interacts with Jadie, and when Jadie realizes that her teacher has worked with elective mute before, the duo develops a mutual relationship.

Jadie reveals most shocking revelations to her teacher Torey through an aid of an old video recording machine that Torey had borrowed. Jadie also begins showing up in the classroom to her teacher even when the classes have been dismissed. Torey allows the little girl to stay with her in her room. Once the duo is locked in, Jadie reveals to Torrey an unbelievable story of abuse and horror.

Because Jadie cannot provide sufficient evidence of her abuse, the authorities overlook Jadies case of ill-treatment when Torey reports. Jadie claims that she cannot tell the story in person. The three sisters are removed from their home. However, the authorities cannot keep them for over a week, and they decide to take them back home. This, however, revokes Jadie who informs a police officer of the abuse she has been experiencing. Jadie finds a new foster home and before leaving for her new home hand over a note to Torey written: “thank you.”

Books into Movies.

One of the Novels by Torey Hayden adapted for the big screen is One Child. However, the film was entitled “Untamed Love” starring Cathy Lee Crosby and made its initial release on August 13th, 1994. The film directed by Paul Aaron featured other stars such as John Getz, and Gary Frank.

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One Response to “Torey Hayden”

  1. Lynsey Bessent: 3 years ago

    Thankyou for writing these books and sharing your insight, it has helped me to process my own issues


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