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Ghost Girl: The True Story of a Child in Peril and the Teacher Who Saved Her Mass Market Paperback – July 30, 2002
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I think Torey Hayden's writing is complete and very intriguing. She has already become a favorite author for education and I look forward to reading her other books of children with special needs.
NOTE: While this book will keep the reader interested, it can be very dark, horrid, and at times, scary.
While the epilogue paints a happy ending for the girl, I can't help but feel frustrated with the final chapters in the book -- at how long it took even a smart sensitive teacher to take seriously a girl's graphic descriptions of sexual abuse, at the entire professional community's naivete concerning the existence of ritual child abuse groups in this country, and the inability of the police to solve the case. For example, the girl demonstrates competence at operating video equipment (something her parents did not own in the 1980s) and describes being abused on TV, but the adults interpret this as a sign of mental disturbance, pretending to be in a TV show, not her familiarity with the making of child pornographic videos. I'm sure all the readers of this book are craving a follow-up book on the girl, who is now a healthy adult who apparently sticks to her story of ritual abuse.
At the opening of the book, Torey Hayden meets Jadie and her classmates after half term break. Within a short space of time during that first day together, Jadie broke her self imposed silence and spoke softly when asked a direct question. From that point on, Jadie's verbal progress is remarkable. A bright, expressive child, Jadie described a bizarre life outside of the classroom that certainly makes for a strong case for ritual abuse. Luckily Jadie was provided with a classroom environment in which she felt safe.
Jadie feared spiders because she believed they could hear her and "tell on her" if she divulged anything that could be construed as a breach of confidence. She explained her posture as a means of "keeping her insides from falling out;" she fears the number 6 and worries about her younger sister surviving her sixth birthday; she said adults she knew told her how at six one gains power and how people can hurt others with impunity; she describes drinking blood as "oily" and "slipping down." Ghosts and themes of death are trenchant; many of Jadie's early drawings are of ghosts and she said that she and her little sisters were ghosts at night. She also believed that a playmate who had allegedly died had become a ghost and that that child's ghost had gotten into her, Jadie.
Each fear she expressed can be traced to ritual abuse. In many cases, ritual abusers claim that spiders as well as insects spy on children and report anything the children might tell.Read more ›
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The written conclusion included here at the end did point out that many readers have complained vociferously about the fact that no definite conclusion has emerged about what... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lynda Stevens
I was fascinated by this book and the account of Torey Hayden about her posting to a school where a girl called Jadie attended. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Diana M. Hockley
I really enjoyed this book, as I do most of Torey Hayden's. This is the story of an 8 year old girl with emotional problems as well as a strange bent-over posture which landed... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ellie