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From the bestselling author of One Child comes the story of three of former special education teacher Torey Hayden’s most extraordinary challenges. Nine-year-old Cassandra, kidnapped by her father and found starving, dirty, and picking through garbage cans—is a child prone to long silences and erratic, violent behavior. Charming, charismatic four-year-old Drake will spea From the bestselling author of One Child comes the story of three of former special education teacher Torey Hayden’s most extraordinary challenges. Nine-year-old Cassandra, kidnapped by her father and found starving, dirty, and picking through garbage cans—is a child prone to long silences and erratic, violent behavior. Charming, charismatic four-year-old Drake will speak only in private to his mother—while his tough, unbending grandfather's demands for an immediate cure threatens to cause irreparable harm. And though she had never worked with adults, Hayden agrees to help fearful and silent eighty-two-year-old massive stroke victim Gerda—discovering in the process that a treatment's successes could prove nearly as heartbreaking as its limitations.    


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From the bestselling author of One Child comes the story of three of former special education teacher Torey Hayden’s most extraordinary challenges. Nine-year-old Cassandra, kidnapped by her father and found starving, dirty, and picking through garbage cans—is a child prone to long silences and erratic, violent behavior. Charming, charismatic four-year-old Drake will spea From the bestselling author of One Child comes the story of three of former special education teacher Torey Hayden’s most extraordinary challenges. Nine-year-old Cassandra, kidnapped by her father and found starving, dirty, and picking through garbage cans—is a child prone to long silences and erratic, violent behavior. Charming, charismatic four-year-old Drake will speak only in private to his mother—while his tough, unbending grandfather's demands for an immediate cure threatens to cause irreparable harm. And though she had never worked with adults, Hayden agrees to help fearful and silent eighty-two-year-old massive stroke victim Gerda—discovering in the process that a treatment's successes could prove nearly as heartbreaking as its limitations.    

30 review for Twilight Children: Three Voices No One Heard Until a Therapist Listened

  1. 5 out of 5

    LARRY

    As posted in [http://www.amazon.com]: How can you not love Torey Hayden? My aunt introduced my mother to Torey. My mother introduced me to her. I introduced my partner to her. I have all her books and have enjoyed them all. I just have one last book to read of hers, *The Very Worst Thing*. Torey is a teacher and a specialist in elective mutism. However, this book is a little different. She is now working a unit in a hospital. Although she works as a therapist, the teacher in her emerges from time As posted in [http://www.amazon.com]: How can you not love Torey Hayden? My aunt introduced my mother to Torey. My mother introduced me to her. I introduced my partner to her. I have all her books and have enjoyed them all. I just have one last book to read of hers, *The Very Worst Thing*. Torey is a teacher and a specialist in elective mutism. However, this book is a little different. She is now working a unit in a hospital. Although she works as a therapist, the teacher in her emerges from time to time. *Twilight Children* revolves around 3 stories: Cassandra is a bright girl. However, when she was 7 years old, her divorced father lured her into the car and abducted her for 2 years. Cassandra returned to her mother, abused and distrustful of anyone. Drake is a charismatic bright 4-year-old with a charming smile. The problem is that he doesn't talk to anyone, except to his mother. The grandfather doesn't make things easier for Torey because the grandfather expects magical results within a session. Gerda is an exception. A nurse has asked Torey a favor to look in and assess Gerda. The thing is that Gerda is 82. Torey has no experience in geriatrics. Nonetheless, she tries to work with Gerda. Gerda has suffered a stroke and has no one around to care for her. While Torey tries to help her talk, Gerda tells her of a haunting past. Rotating between the 3, Torey has to work with each individual and unique cases. I just love how Torey tells the story. I also love how she gives simple explanation of her assessment, theories and diagnoses. A couple of them were food for thoughts that I had to just share with other people for intellectual discussion. I love it when people are able to give you something substantial to think about. Torey did not disappoint me with this book. She still remains to be the best.

  2. 5 out of 5

    A.D. Crystal

    AMAZINGLY LIGHT - FOR AMATEURS OF PSYCHOLOGY/PSYCHIATRY - READ TO DIGEST! A young psychiatrist shedding light into the darkest chambers of three abused souls. Frightening situations described in tones of 'TV-G'. Dramatic, by their nature, facts and events, seriously but, not melodramatically treated in the book. Beautifully combined literature and psychology. Really enjoyed it! AMAZINGLY LIGHT - FOR AMATEURS OF PSYCHOLOGY/PSYCHIATRY - READ TO DIGEST! A young psychiatrist shedding light into the darkest chambers of three abused souls. Frightening situations described in tones of 'TV-G'. Dramatic, by their nature, facts and events, seriously but, not melodramatically treated in the book. Beautifully combined literature and psychology. Really enjoyed it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    In Torey Hayden’s seventh book TWILIGHT CHILDREN, she’s working as a child therapist with Cassandra, who had been abducted by her father for two years and experienced behavioral problems since returning to her mother. Drake, a charming four-year-old doesn’t speak, or even make a sound except to his mother. Hayden also chose to include Gerda, a geriatric stroke patient who had difficulty speaking. I have no idea why Hayden included the story. She didn’t work with Gerda but volunteered to visit. P In Torey Hayden’s seventh book TWILIGHT CHILDREN, she’s working as a child therapist with Cassandra, who had been abducted by her father for two years and experienced behavioral problems since returning to her mother. Drake, a charming four-year-old doesn’t speak, or even make a sound except to his mother. Hayden also chose to include Gerda, a geriatric stroke patient who had difficulty speaking. I have no idea why Hayden included the story. She didn’t work with Gerda but volunteered to visit. Perhaps she didn’t have another interesting child to include in the book. Torey works well within the system and understands the boundaries of her relationship to the patients, supervisors and team members. She’s clearly come a long way. I questioned some of her leading question techniques, particularly since abuse was suspected. Hayden acted as if her role was to determine what happened during the kidnapping, rather than help Cassandra learn self regulation skills to be released from the hospital. Healing from her abduction would take years. Hospitalizations are meant for acute psychiatric crises that can’t be managed outpatient. I’m not sure why Hayden never contacted Mayo about Drake’s workup. Reports don’t show everything and having a conversation with a doctor can further understanding. The whole case was off and should have alerted her to HUGE red flags. I admire Hayden’s dedication and determination to help her patients. She goes the extra mile and has apparently learned more appropriate boundaries than in her previous books. TWILIGHT CHILDREN is an adequate, often compelling read for those interested in child psychology.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (not getting friends updates) Vegan

    I just love Torey Hayden’s books and was delighted to find one I hadn’t know about and therefore hadn’t read. She’s an exceptional child therapist and teacher and her writing style is so accessible. I zipped through this book because I was loathe to put it down. I know these kids inside out, partly from my own work and life, partly from reading so many books about them. I “diagnosed” both kids before the information was revealed in the book but this is one of Hayden’s better books, one of about th I just love Torey Hayden’s books and was delighted to find one I hadn’t know about and therefore hadn’t read. She’s an exceptional child therapist and teacher and her writing style is so accessible. I zipped through this book because I was loathe to put it down. I know these kids inside out, partly from my own work and life, partly from reading so many books about them. I “diagnosed” both kids before the information was revealed in the book but this is one of Hayden’s better books, one of about three I consider her best, even though I’ve enjoyed them all. I have no doubt that some professionals would consider Torey Hayden’s accounts with some skeptism and it does seem as though she makes more progress than most, but I can tell from the way she tells her stories that she’s one of those people who are gifted in their work and she is forthcoming about those she writes about actually being composites. This Torey Hayden offering is unusual because one of the “cases” is that of an elderly woman. Even though I read this author for her stories about kids, I found this part of the story interesting as well.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Written by a special education teacher and child psychologist, this book follows the stories of three patients. Each patient is complex and endearing in their own way. As you read, you not only feel for them but for Torey Hayden as she tries to help them find their way through their issues. It was a wonderful book that I couldn't put down. I couldn't walk away from hearing the story of each of these people. Every time the narrative switched between patients, I found myself both hating the interr Written by a special education teacher and child psychologist, this book follows the stories of three patients. Each patient is complex and endearing in their own way. As you read, you not only feel for them but for Torey Hayden as she tries to help them find their way through their issues. It was a wonderful book that I couldn't put down. I couldn't walk away from hearing the story of each of these people. Every time the narrative switched between patients, I found myself both hating the interruption from the story of that patient and loving getting deeper into the story of the next.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Naaz

    What I love most about browsing for books at the library is stumbling across a book that you may never have heard of or ever picked up otherwise, simply because you wouldn't have known to look for it. Twilight Children was one such book for me and consequently, I checked out all of the other books that they had written by Torey Hayden because I enjoyed this one so much. Being a person who works with children, it was deeply interesting to see how the author handled and dealt with the children in h What I love most about browsing for books at the library is stumbling across a book that you may never have heard of or ever picked up otherwise, simply because you wouldn't have known to look for it. Twilight Children was one such book for me and consequently, I checked out all of the other books that they had written by Torey Hayden because I enjoyed this one so much. Being a person who works with children, it was deeply interesting to see how the author handled and dealt with the children in her care. Her specialty is working with children with elective mutism and this came along at just the right time for me seeing as I have a couple of children with the same condition in my classroom this year. The transition between different cases worked very well for this type of book as I was genuinely interested to find out what had been happening with the other people the author was currently working with. The case with the elderly lady was particularly interesting, especially as the author herself had admitted that she had only worked with children prior to this. This was an incredibly insightful and deeply emotional read. The author is definitely an advocate for these children and her work is important and meaningful. I learned a lot more about the way children with elective mutism may think and as a result, it has made me a lot more aware of the children in my own classroom and of little ways I might be able to help. Highly recommend, especially if you work with children like I do.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeanettedianne

    Found this book in the Library today...sounded very intriguing..... "A light in the darkness for severely troubled children, former special education teacher Torey Hayden faced three of her most extraordinary challenges after she left the classroom Nine-year-old Cassandra, kidnapped by her father and found starving, dirty, and picking through garbage cans -- a child prone to long silences and erratic, violent behavior, whose hard-won recollections of the nightmare she endured could not be fully t Found this book in the Library today...sounded very intriguing..... "A light in the darkness for severely troubled children, former special education teacher Torey Hayden faced three of her most extraordinary challenges after she left the classroom Nine-year-old Cassandra, kidnapped by her father and found starving, dirty, and picking through garbage cans -- a child prone to long silences and erratic, violent behavior, whose hard-won recollections of the nightmare she endured could not be fully trusted. Charming, charismatic four-year-old Drake, who would speak only in private to his mother -- his tough, unbending grandfather's demands for an immediate cure threatened to cause the delightful boy and his family irreparable harm. And though she had never worked with adults, Hayden agreed to help fearful and silent eighty-two-year-old massive stroke victim Gerda -- discovering in the process that a treatment's successes could prove nearly as heartbreaking as its limitations." ************************************************************************ UPDATE: This book is excellent! Shocking, yet touching, the author really draws you in, I really enjoyed reading it. Its one of those books that you wish would never end, and when it does, you are left craving for more. A very good read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I would give this a 3.5. I have read all of Torey Hayden's books about working with special needs children. This one is good but not one of my favorites. She writes of three different cases she was assigned. Two children and one elderly woman. She usually works with kids so the older woman was different for her. "Cassandra" was a very troubled child who had been kidnapped by her father and held captive for two years. the little endured a horrendous two years being abused by an uncle. Another cas I would give this a 3.5. I have read all of Torey Hayden's books about working with special needs children. This one is good but not one of my favorites. She writes of three different cases she was assigned. Two children and one elderly woman. She usually works with kids so the older woman was different for her. "Cassandra" was a very troubled child who had been kidnapped by her father and held captive for two years. the little endured a horrendous two years being abused by an uncle. Another case was a four year old boy named "Drake" who could not or would not speak. It was her job to try and get him to communicate. The elderly woman named "Gerda" was a stroke victim. Torey was asked to try and get Gerda to open up and try and talk to her. All cases were Torey's to try and work with them to help them and get answers. Pretty good book for the most part. I like her books and read this one when it first came out about 13 years ago. Glad to read it again.

  9. 4 out of 5

    McGuffy Morris

    Torey Hayden is a very special teacher. She takes us into the world of troubled children, from classroom to hospital ward, to life. We meet the children, and then we learn about their lives and Ms. Hayden’s role in them. The children in this particular book suffer different forms of silence, and the effects of that silence. Some of these stories are difficult to read, but Torey’s handling of the topics is respectful and caring. She educates the reader just as she did each child, each family, and Torey Hayden is a very special teacher. She takes us into the world of troubled children, from classroom to hospital ward, to life. We meet the children, and then we learn about their lives and Ms. Hayden’s role in them. The children in this particular book suffer different forms of silence, and the effects of that silence. Some of these stories are difficult to read, but Torey’s handling of the topics is respectful and caring. She educates the reader just as she did each child, each family, and even other caregivers. Torey Hayden breaks our heart with these children and the tragedy of their young lives, but then she heals us, just as she does them. Torey, her book, and her children will stay with you.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Meital Ben-Daniel

    Torey Hayden's books, that I have already read, are extremely sad, but I keep reading one every once in a while. Her strength and total dedication to the children she tries to help are admirable. I like the process of getting to know the children and the continuous way of trying to help with their difficulties never letting go or giving up on the situation at hand. A quote that stood out for me (page: 302): "... But it's usually easier to tolerate such things if you have support, if you know tha Torey Hayden's books, that I have already read, are extremely sad, but I keep reading one every once in a while. Her strength and total dedication to the children she tries to help are admirable. I like the process of getting to know the children and the continuous way of trying to help with their difficulties never letting go or giving up on the situation at hand. A quote that stood out for me (page: 302): "... But it's usually easier to tolerate such things if you have support, if you know that others will care what is happening to you and you can share it with them. It's also usually easier if you know you are doing the right thing."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    This book is from three different kids point of veiws, Torey now works in a hospital and works with kids there. The three main kids that she works will are so simualy yet so different in so many ways. They all need some kind of help but the only person that can really give it to them is them selfs. I rate this book a 5 because it is aAMAZINg and I t makes me want to do what she does as a living.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Smitha Murthy

    I don’t know how but I have had this book unread from 2007. It just seemed to have got lost. I hadn’t heard of Torey Hayden when I picked it up, but I was quickly fascinated by the world she captures. A real world. This not a work of fiction even though you desperately hope it would be. The things we do to children! Torey takes three of her clients during her stint in a hospital - a boy who she thinks has elective mutism, a troubled child named Cassandra, and an old woman who has suffered a stro I don’t know how but I have had this book unread from 2007. It just seemed to have got lost. I hadn’t heard of Torey Hayden when I picked it up, but I was quickly fascinated by the world she captures. A real world. This not a work of fiction even though you desperately hope it would be. The things we do to children! Torey takes three of her clients during her stint in a hospital - a boy who she thinks has elective mutism, a troubled child named Cassandra, and an old woman who has suffered a stroke that leaves her struggling to speak. Torey manages to relate her own anxieties as she tries to talk to each of them. I found myself being particularly fascinated by the techniques she employs. Cassandra was probably the most heartrending of the three and left me shaking my head in despair. Yet, this is not a book of despair. Hayden shows how even the darkest of our nights has a light - if only we know how to seek it and where.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Challis

    I have read a few books by Torrey Hayden and I am always blown away by them. As a teacher, I am so moved by her complicated and important work with troubled children. This book was different than the others I have read in that it focused on 3 very different cases of mutism. One was with an elderly stroke victim- which was quite a departure from her normal cases, but she wove the story in with the others in such a fascinating way and I found myself really thinking about the power and importance o I have read a few books by Torrey Hayden and I am always blown away by them. As a teacher, I am so moved by her complicated and important work with troubled children. This book was different than the others I have read in that it focused on 3 very different cases of mutism. One was with an elderly stroke victim- which was quite a departure from her normal cases, but she wove the story in with the others in such a fascinating way and I found myself really thinking about the power and importance of communication. I will continue to read Ms Hayden’s books. Though they are often about really harrowing abuse, there is hope and healing and love. I find them inspirational.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Angelique Green

    Intense A book to humble yourself and take your time on. Looking into more books by this author. Thank you. Reader

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dundee Library

    Torey Hayden is a former special education teacher who now works as an educational psychologist. In this book, she chronicles the struggles of three of her patients. Two are children she worked with in a psychiatric hospital and the third is an elderly woman who has suffered a massive stroke. Not only does she show herself to be a great therapist, but her writing style is outstanding. I was drawn into the drama of these patients' lives and circumstances - especially the children's - from the ve Torey Hayden is a former special education teacher who now works as an educational psychologist. In this book, she chronicles the struggles of three of her patients. Two are children she worked with in a psychiatric hospital and the third is an elderly woman who has suffered a massive stroke. Not only does she show herself to be a great therapist, but her writing style is outstanding. I was drawn into the drama of these patients' lives and circumstances - especially the children's - from the very beginning. One patient was a young girl, Cassandra, who had been kidnapped by her father while in kindergarten. She is found and returned to her mother after 26 months with her father. The abuse she endured from her dad's friends was unimaginable. Needless to say, this abuse caused her to act out in many unacceptable ways. Hayden writes about Cassandra's therapy. She describes both the improvements and set backs in vivid detail. The second child, Drake, is a four-year-old little boy. He is healthy, intelligent, and never let his stuffed tiger, "Friend" out of his grasp. He has not uttered a single word in his life. Hayden works with Drake and his family to uncover a course of action to help this boy communicate. The treatment she attempts is met with one road block after another due to the influence and control a dominating grandfather holds over the family. The story of Gerda, the eighty-two year old, is also incorporated in the account. The hardships in this lady's past were heartbreaking. Hayden is filled with sorrow in hearing Gerda's disjointed explanations of her life before her stroke. Hayden's passion for treating these broken spirits is evident and her retelling of her therapeutic attempts is very interesting and makes for a good read. I intend to read some of her other books.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vass

    Typical Torey Hayden. Sometimes she gets a little anvilicious, like when the nine-year-old girl, without prompting, explains *exactly* what each of her feelings represents, and this corresponds perfectly to the foreshadowing in the previous chapter, but that's par for the genre. And I *like* it. I had a psychotherapist like Cassandra's Dr Brown. And I like that she (Hayden, not Dr Brown) models good therapeutic practice. If she was the way the back cover copy describes her, I'd have read one book Typical Torey Hayden. Sometimes she gets a little anvilicious, like when the nine-year-old girl, without prompting, explains *exactly* what each of her feelings represents, and this corresponds perfectly to the foreshadowing in the previous chapter, but that's par for the genre. And I *like* it. I had a psychotherapist like Cassandra's Dr Brown. And I like that she (Hayden, not Dr Brown) models good therapeutic practice. If she was the way the back cover copy describes her, I'd have read one book then thrown it at the wall, but she's *not* - she's a well-trained human being who monitors her own reactions carefully and admits when she gets things wrong. And she acknowledges the kids' struggles and achievements. Again, unlike the fucking back cover copy, in which they might as well be little paper dolls for all the agency and dignity they have. The front cover copy is inappropriate as well as mawkish: it says 'Three Voices No One Heard - Until Someone Listened'. Putting aside the capitalisation, and that this is semantically nonsense, it's untrue: as it turns out, Drake, the boy hospitalised as an elective mute, is physically unable to speak, or indeed make any sounds at all. Did I mention already how glad I am that Hayden isn't like whichever of HarperCollins's subeditors does the cover copy? Gah.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This book follows three patients that Torey Hayden worked with who for different reasons were unable to speak either completely or intermittently. There is Drake, a charming 4 year old who can't say a single sound, and Gerda an elderly woman who has suffered a stroke and can speak but seems to be refusing to, and there is Cassandra, a bright young girl who has terrible temper tantrums followed by days of refusing to speak. Drake and Cassandra are inpatients in a psychiatric hospital where Torey This book follows three patients that Torey Hayden worked with who for different reasons were unable to speak either completely or intermittently. There is Drake, a charming 4 year old who can't say a single sound, and Gerda an elderly woman who has suffered a stroke and can speak but seems to be refusing to, and there is Cassandra, a bright young girl who has terrible temper tantrums followed by days of refusing to speak. Drake and Cassandra are inpatients in a psychiatric hospital where Torey works with them one on one. She uncovers the physical and emotional reasons why each of these individuals cannot speak and makes a connection with each of them that allows them to begin communicating again. An enjoyable read for those who are interested in psychology. A warning that many of Torey's patients have suffered extreme physical and emotional abuse, so if that is sensitive for you, keep that in mind. Twilight Children is a quick and easy read. It doesn't have quite the emotional depth of some of her other books where she followed and treated the patients or taught in a classroom setting for long periods at a time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Erna

    The author, Hayden, tells her story as a therapist. She has three little patient who have got lingusitic alteration. One is from a wealthy and famous family who can not speak since childbirth. However, the mother wants to protect her kid and try to hide the anomaly. Later, Hayden help the mother, her husband and their kid to start their new life without being fear of his wealthy father. Another child is a little 8 year olds girl which had experienced traumatic events in her early childhood. Her f The author, Hayden, tells her story as a therapist. She has three little patient who have got lingusitic alteration. One is from a wealthy and famous family who can not speak since childbirth. However, the mother wants to protect her kid and try to hide the anomaly. Later, Hayden help the mother, her husband and their kid to start their new life without being fear of his wealthy father. Another child is a little 8 year olds girl which had experienced traumatic events in her early childhood. Her father kidnaped her and throw her in a bin after a year underpressure life with him. She often got temper tantrum which means she could be very emotional, hurt herself and other children. This girl also used to lie, making untruthful stories. At the end of the therapy, the little girl get better and can control herself. Despite of the two little patient, the third patient is an elderly who suffered from stroke which caused her unable to speak. This patient was happy with her visit since she felt lonely. Unfortunately, the patient died. In my opinion, it is a quite good book. I could know how to behave with temper tantrum children.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    Torey Haden is a therapist who works with children who have selective mutism. In this book, she tells us about three of the individuals she met during her work: two children and an elderly lady. I really liked reading this book. The stories were moving and interesting, and there was even an element of suspense where I found myself thinking along with Torey to figure out what exactly had happened to these people (especially Drake and Cassandra) and how they might be helped. As someone with an inte Torey Haden is a therapist who works with children who have selective mutism. In this book, she tells us about three of the individuals she met during her work: two children and an elderly lady. I really liked reading this book. The stories were moving and interesting, and there was even an element of suspense where I found myself thinking along with Torey to figure out what exactly had happened to these people (especially Drake and Cassandra) and how they might be helped. As someone with an interest in this field, I was disappointed there wasn't more background information about the way Torey worked with these patients, though. We see her working with them, and we are lead to believe that she is doing the right thing, but she never really goes into why she takes certain actions or which ideas are behind them. However, I am aware that most readers will read this book for the human interest rather than as a way to gain more insight into child psychology, so I'll still give it four stars.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

    In short, "Twilight Children" follows Torey Hayden and 3 of her patients. I don't know what other people would think when they read the story, but I found it to be very interesting to see the progress Torey made in helping Drake, Cassandra and Greta. Perhaps, this has something to do with being a psychology student,and, in particular, my interest to work with children later on. But yes, I found it rather 'nice' to be able to read about this in a more practical setting, simply than pure theory. C In short, "Twilight Children" follows Torey Hayden and 3 of her patients. I don't know what other people would think when they read the story, but I found it to be very interesting to see the progress Torey made in helping Drake, Cassandra and Greta. Perhaps, this has something to do with being a psychology student,and, in particular, my interest to work with children later on. But yes, I found it rather 'nice' to be able to read about this in a more practical setting, simply than pure theory. Certain aspects we've already seen in class, and it was interesting to see how Torey handled these things. I think this story would be a nice read for other people as well, not just anyone who's interested in psychology, therapy and/or children. Because as it is, this book doesn't only focus on the therapy, it opens your eyes as a person, makes you aware of the big effects a single gesture, or a helping hand can have. Now that I've read this book, I'll definitely look if I can find more of Torey Hayden's books!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    For whatever reasons, this may be my favorite of the Torey Hayden's books. She is so puzzled by the children in this volume--perhaps that makes me feel more on a level with her, since in several of her books I had just a hint of a feeling that she was starring herself in the role of Teacher as Hero. While she certainly deserves the title of Hero, it's just a touch off-putting to read a first person narrative in which the wisest one is always the intuitive, free-wheeling author. I think that may For whatever reasons, this may be my favorite of the Torey Hayden's books. She is so puzzled by the children in this volume--perhaps that makes me feel more on a level with her, since in several of her books I had just a hint of a feeling that she was starring herself in the role of Teacher as Hero. While she certainly deserves the title of Hero, it's just a touch off-putting to read a first person narrative in which the wisest one is always the intuitive, free-wheeling author. I think that may be one reason the books get four stars instead of five, but I've been devouring them as if they were all five stars. Anyway, now that this review is more about me than about the book, let me just suggest that this might be the best one to start with. I have tried to read the eight I've read in the order of publication, but there's really no need to do so. It's clear they were not published in the order in which they happened.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Beth Pearson

    I really enjoyed this Non-Fiction read, but I'll be the first to say it is not for everyone. First, you have to be interested in the psychology of working with abused children, trying to figure out the puzzle pieces in a way that makes sense and explains their behavior. Second, you need to be able to read some sad, sick things that have happened to children. Not tons, but some. The author/therapist reports things that were said in her therapy sessions with those she was working with. Some parts I really enjoyed this Non-Fiction read, but I'll be the first to say it is not for everyone. First, you have to be interested in the psychology of working with abused children, trying to figure out the puzzle pieces in a way that makes sense and explains their behavior. Second, you need to be able to read some sad, sick things that have happened to children. Not tons, but some. The author/therapist reports things that were said in her therapy sessions with those she was working with. Some parts were sad, some funny, and some frustrating. I was engrossed in seeing what happened, putting the pieces together myself trying to solve these patient's problems. I am grateful I am no longer working in the psych field, but also grateful for those who are and able to offer hope and healing to those wounded most. I would read another of Hayden's books.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Leeann Sheriff

    I always love Toreys books. The help she gives to Drake, Cassandra and Gerda in this book are great. Drake unable to talk Torey works with a hospital staff to determine what the source of this elective mutism. To find out the mother has lied the whole time in effort of hiding the deformity her son was born with. Cassandra has been severely abused since she was abducted from her dad. So Torey puts her foot down and finds positive way to work the scary things out of that bad place with Her. Gerda I always love Toreys books. The help she gives to Drake, Cassandra and Gerda in this book are great. Drake unable to talk Torey works with a hospital staff to determine what the source of this elective mutism. To find out the mother has lied the whole time in effort of hiding the deformity her son was born with. Cassandra has been severely abused since she was abducted from her dad. So Torey puts her foot down and finds positive way to work the scary things out of that bad place with Her. Gerda is a senior whom suffered from a major stroke. Being sent to find a way to getting her talking realizing there is more to the damage then thought. When things get going she has another stroke and dies. Torey shares how each child has effected her and how she moves on in her job to help the next set of children.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I feel kind of guilty about reading Torey Hayden, as if I'm some kind of voyeur into the private lives of some very traumatized kids (and in this case, one elderly woman). I even Googled to see if she's been discredited for making things up, because there's so much trauma and slightly too-neat resolutions. But no, she's what she says she is, a teacher-turned-therapist who works with kids with major problems and is willing to tell the stories (with consent of the people portrayed, apparently). Sh I feel kind of guilty about reading Torey Hayden, as if I'm some kind of voyeur into the private lives of some very traumatized kids (and in this case, one elderly woman). I even Googled to see if she's been discredited for making things up, because there's so much trauma and slightly too-neat resolutions. But no, she's what she says she is, a teacher-turned-therapist who works with kids with major problems and is willing to tell the stories (with consent of the people portrayed, apparently). She includes her less-than-productive sessions where she does less-than-helpful things in her attempts to make progress. And when she hits on the right thing to do, progress can be dramatic. As a read, this book is fascinating. And as a window into Hayden's world, where she's worked with hundreds of kids, it is also fascinating.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shirley J

    It's been a few years since I've enjoyed the challenges Hayden faced working with a variety of children who seem damaged beyond repair. In this book, Hayden is in a hospital setting where time and progress can impede or disable her ability to improve the condition of her patients. This book does not have the tension of many of her previous books. I enjoyed the change, perhaps because I've aged a couple of decades and became a parent since I read her earlier books. I completely understand how two It's been a few years since I've enjoyed the challenges Hayden faced working with a variety of children who seem damaged beyond repair. In this book, Hayden is in a hospital setting where time and progress can impede or disable her ability to improve the condition of her patients. This book does not have the tension of many of her previous books. I enjoyed the change, perhaps because I've aged a couple of decades and became a parent since I read her earlier books. I completely understand how two of her patients, right or wrong, were treated like chess pieces whose futures were decided by the wishes of their guardians. I found the story about the elderly patient, Gerdie, very touching and one that I am sure to think about from time to time.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    3 different lives, one therapist. This is the story of Cassandra, Drake and Gertha. Torey Hayden helps these 3 with being helped. Cassandra had been kidnapped by her father when she was only 6. Drake doesn't speak at all. Gertha has horrible strokes and is in the hospital. I can make a text to text connection. All the books that Torey writes, are memoirs about helping others and giving the love, if they don' have any on their own. I gave this book 5 stars. There are some twists in the book, w 3 different lives, one therapist. This is the story of Cassandra, Drake and Gertha. Torey Hayden helps these 3 with being helped. Cassandra had been kidnapped by her father when she was only 6. Drake doesn't speak at all. Gertha has horrible strokes and is in the hospital. I can make a text to text connection. All the books that Torey writes, are memoirs about helping others and giving the love, if they don' have any on their own. I gave this book 5 stars. There are some twists in the book, which make it even better. Cassandra is a really loving hyper girl. Drake is just the sweetest boy that you can hear of. Gertha has a lot of compassion for others. I Love this book and Torey Hayden's Books.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Canales

    i devoured this book in two days. i have read murphy's boy, which was interesting but i had to push myself through it and wouldn't call it a favorite. not so with twilight children. when i read books about child psychology, i would prefer to read about the children, not the personal life of the psychologist, and this one focused on the children. each of the three cases is intriguing and reading this book is like following a mystery. when a chapter ends in the middle of one case, a new chapter be i devoured this book in two days. i have read murphy's boy, which was interesting but i had to push myself through it and wouldn't call it a favorite. not so with twilight children. when i read books about child psychology, i would prefer to read about the children, not the personal life of the psychologist, and this one focused on the children. each of the three cases is intriguing and reading this book is like following a mystery. when a chapter ends in the middle of one case, a new chapter begins with another just as captivating. torey's ability to reach children through their darkest times is just absolutely amazing. this woman is gifted. i would definitely recommend this if you want something interesting, quick and easy.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Juliana

    This was my very first book from this author, and it sure wasn't my last. Wow, I loved this book from start to finish. What a fine writer Torey Hayden is. You cannot help but feel for the children, you can also feel her irritation and insecurities at times but above all you can tell that she fights for the children that have no voice. Cassandra had my interest from the get go, what a complex little girl. How heartbreaking her story is. What dedication Torey had, I'm in awe. Drake, I felt so bad for This was my very first book from this author, and it sure wasn't my last. Wow, I loved this book from start to finish. What a fine writer Torey Hayden is. You cannot help but feel for the children, you can also feel her irritation and insecurities at times but above all you can tell that she fights for the children that have no voice. Cassandra had my interest from the get go, what a complex little girl. How heartbreaking her story is. What dedication Torey had, I'm in awe. Drake, I felt so bad for Drake. Won't spoil why, but I was saddened. The third voice was an 82 year old woman named Gerdam who had sufered a massice stroke. loved the interaction between the two. Must read in my opinion. 5 stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pinkpopprincess

    Finally I did it. I read a book in 2017!! And wow. It only took me one day. I really love this book. I love everything about it. Its the kind of book that sticks in your head the whole day. The kind of book that makes you want to drop all of your appointments so you can continue reading it. although its an non-fiction its still very much a story kinda telling book. Which I liked. Hayden writes about here own experience in such an entertaining way. At some point it almost felt like a thriller. Becau Finally I did it. I read a book in 2017!! And wow. It only took me one day. I really love this book. I love everything about it. Its the kind of book that sticks in your head the whole day. The kind of book that makes you want to drop all of your appointments so you can continue reading it. although its an non-fiction its still very much a story kinda telling book. Which I liked. Hayden writes about here own experience in such an entertaining way. At some point it almost felt like a thriller. Because what happens to these children is real. But we don't really know yet what these poor kids went through. I recommend this book to everyone. Especially the ones interested in psychiatric literature.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beckie

    after finding sensing the self (book #35) extremely interesting and illuminating, i went looking for more psychology books on (s)elective mutism/social phobia etc, but i didn't find much. this book is about a psychologist working with children in a psychiatric ward, specifically about three patients (two children and an elderly woman, she is asked to see as a favour). i did find it very interesting to read about how she gets elective mute kids to talk to her, but there wasn't really a lot of tha after finding sensing the self (book #35) extremely interesting and illuminating, i went looking for more psychology books on (s)elective mutism/social phobia etc, but i didn't find much. this book is about a psychologist working with children in a psychiatric ward, specifically about three patients (two children and an elderly woman, she is asked to see as a favour). i did find it very interesting to read about how she gets elective mute kids to talk to her, but there wasn't really a lot of that, since none of the patients are straightforwardly elective mute. the patients' stories are still fascinating, but not quite so relevant to me.

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