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A talented special education teacher with a gift for writing, Hayden dramatically describes the difficulties and joys of working with a small group of severely emotionally handicapped children. The centerpiece of this tale, though, is Ladbrook Taylor, mother of one of the children. Lad is very beautiful, very wealthy, highly educated, yet emotionally fractured, withdrawn, and alcoholic. She joins Hayden in the classroom as a volunteer aide. This potentially explosive situation gradually leads to a deepening relationship between the two women that ultimately allows Hayden to help Lad. In the process, Lad reveals her startling past, containing buckets of melodrama, easily on par with the juciest TV soaps. Riveting reading. Carol R. Glatt, Northeastern Hospital of Philadelphia
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"Just Another Kid is not just another book. This remarkable teacher's memoir reminds us that love takes many forms." -- -- The New York Times
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; New edition edition (July 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380705648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380705641
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Torey Hayden is an educational psychologist and special education teacher who, since 1979, has chronicled her struggles in the classroom in a succession of best-selling books. She lives in North Wales with her daughter.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E.M. Bristol VINE VOICE on November 8, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this book, Torey Hayden teaches a challenging class for emotionally disturbed children consisting of Shamie, Geraldine and Shemona, three refugees from Northern Ireland, one of whom (Shemona) is an elective mute; Dirkie, who has schizophrenia; Mariana, who is sexually precocious but academically behind; and Leslie, also autistic and unable to communicate. Hayden could badly use an aide, and she accepts Leslie's mother, Ladbrooke, who is a beautiful but aloof women with a history of alcoholism and child abuse. Through their relationship, Ladbrooke comes to trust Hayden and begins to face up to her problems. Through working with the children, Ladbrooke develops considerable self-esteem. All but one of the children improve, as well, and make dramatic gains in academic and social skills. In an epilogue, we learn of updates, the most remarkable perhaps being Ladbrooke's. This is anything but a grim read, however, Hayden seasons her book with a healthy dollop of black humor.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By F. Radisky on July 7, 2006
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I am also the mother of a "Special Needs" child; I happened to discover "Twilight Children", Torey Hayden's most recent book by chance in a local bookstore. I was spellbound and couldn't put it down, and when I had read that book, I ordered everything else she ever wrote from Amazon (how's that for a recommendation?). This book, (and I say this without exaggeration) literally made me gasp at some parts and cry at some others. This is a book that I feel would be of value to parents of special needs children, but also to members of Alcoholics Anonymous, or anyone who believes (or wants to believe) that miracles can still happen to the most hopeless of "lost causes".
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29 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on June 28, 2002
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Those are the two words that summed up this book for me. When I was through raeding it all I felt was sad and mad. There was a child in it (not mentioning his or her name) that the whole time I honestly felt needed a good spanking since obviously nothing else was going to work. It made me think back to each child who I wasn't able to help and the horrible things that had later on happened to them.
Whle this book is good I recommend it in doses as it made me way too angry to read in one sitting. Your typical loveable Hayden children are here, but there is a viper among them
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By True Blue on January 26, 2005
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Torey Hayden is a master at writing about her experiences in the classroom..... I am a mother of a Special Needs child and found her book to be both informative, inspiring, and honest. This book is the type of book that you want to read all at once, yet you don't want it to end either. Torey Hayden keeps you interested and wondering what is going to happen next. I plan on purchasing all of her books as I am so happy with this first book of hers that I have read. You will not be disappointed if you buy this book....for anyone who is curious or has a real interest in what goes on in a Special Needs classroom... of course during this timeline and with these students and this teacher... you will be surprised at the honesty, reality and the love and warmth that radiate from the pages of this book. We can only hope and pray that all of the Special Needs teachers are exactly like Torey and that their love of children and interest in their future is a basis of what All special needs teachers have in their own hearts (which I believe is true). I can't say enough about this book, as it is truly a treasure to read and own.

Thank You Torey!

Susan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SAH on August 3, 2013
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Torey Hayden recounts the true story of her teaching experience and interaction with one parent in particular. I could not put this book down. It is so interesting on so many levels. The friend I recommended it to said the same thing, she couldn't put it down. Hayden has such a respectful and honest way of discussing the children's various challenges. She describes the day to day with such interesting, funny, and compassionate detail. What is fascinating is how she can come up with just the right way to handle a new situation on the fly. Although learning about the kids was engrossing in and of itself, the real story comes from this slowly developed, constantly evolving relationship Hayden finds herself in with a parent of one of the students. Dr. Taylor is one of the most interesting characters about which I've read, which is probably the result of her being a real person and Hayden describing the reality of dealing with all sides, positive and negative, of a woman who has genius intelligence, lacks all social skills, is beautiful, an alcoholic, and at once narcissistic, sweet and vulnerable, as well as willing to change. The stories of the children keep the book moving; you love them, hope for them, are heartbroken for them, frustrated with them.. and all the while desperate to know what move Dr. Taylor is going to make next and how Hayden will handle it all.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LuAnn Heap on September 29, 2003
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This is to me a perfect book! I have read all of Hayden's other books and this is my favorite. This book tells the usual story of a classfull of behaviorally challenged kids, and adds to it the story of one of the children's mothers Ladbrooke Taylor. The children and their various troubles and mishaps are easy to picture in your mind. While reading this and all of her other books I always feel as though I am there witnessing these events in person!
Torey manages to incorporate the heart wrenching story of mother Ladbrooke into the book without taking away from the story of the children. The most beautiful parts of this book occur when Ladbrooke reaches out to Torey for help, in particular a moment that occurs inside a women's bathroom stall after something happens to one of the children.
This book has some gut wrenching moments in it but not the nauseatingly horrific images and stories contained in Murphey's Boy and Ghost Girl. This makes it a more easy read than the above mentioned. I would recommend to first time Torey readers that they start with this book or Somebody Else's Kids.
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