Beautiful Child

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Beautiful Child

By Torey Hayden

Avon Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780060508876, 385pp.

Publication Date: April 29, 2003


From the bestselling author of One Child comes this amazing, true story of a mute and withdrawn seven year old girl and the special education teacher determined never to abandon a child in need.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

Praise For Beautiful Child

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

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

“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

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

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

“ lively and surprising as the kids it so deftly portrays.”
-O magazine

“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