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From the bestselling author of One Child comes this amazing, true story of a mute and withdrawn seven year old girl and the special education teacher determined never to abandon a child in need.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.
“The world needs more like Torey Hayden.”
“Fresh and compelling...[Hayden] spins out the story with gusto and a storyteller’s art.”
“Hayden is a fine storyteller.”
“A rich tapestry of a group of special needs youngsters and the adults who try to help them.”
“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
“Moving...as lively and surprising as the kids it so deftly portrays.”
“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