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One Child (Sheila #1)

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,449 Ratings  ·  675 Reviews
The time had finally come. The time I had been waiting for through all these long months that I knew sooner or later had to occur. Now it was here. She had surprised me so much by actually crying that for a moment I did nothing but look at her. Then I gathered her into my arms, hugging her tightly. She clutched onto my shirt so that I could feel the dull pain of her finger ...more
Published July 30th 2002 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 1980)
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Bacalah buku ini disaat kamu gundah.
Saat pacarmu membatalkan janji kencan disaat-saat terakhir, saat ibumu di rumah sedang gencar-gencarnya marah-marah, saat pekerjaan kamu di kantor terasa begitu menekan, saat kamu merasa dunia tak lagi bersahabat dengan kamu.
Baca buku ini, dan kamu akan tahu.

Tahu rasanya bersyukur kamu tidak mengalami kehidupan seperti Sheila, atau anak-anak lainnya di kelas Torey.
Tahu rasanya bersyukur bahwa apa yang kamu hadapi kali ini adalah permasalahan hidup yang sepel
Oct 29, 2012 Msjess rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this story as a child and being engrossed in it. It's reminiscent of "A child called It" because of its extreme depiction of a child in severe abuse and neglect.

Reading again as an adult and as an educator who works with at risk children I was horrified. The story is a memoir written by a special ed teacher. She clearly wants to be praised and lauded for her amazing breakthrough with Sheila but all I could think was that Sheila needed to be put into foster care. She was clearl
John McIlveen
Sep 16, 2009 John McIlveen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sheila came into Torey Hayden’s class for “special children” at the age of 6 after having tied a 3-year-old child to a tree and critically burned him.

ONE CHILD is Torey Hayden’s story of her attempt to tap the unbelievable capacity of this tortured child.

Parts of this book – the savage sexual molestation – will enrage you. Parts of this book – Sheila’s quiet description of her anger and fears and doubts – will make you cry. And parts of this book – Sheila’s gradual realization of her own poten
This book is about a special ed teacher and her relationship with "one child". The child, Sheila, has been severely abused, left on the interstate by her mother, neglected by her father and is only 6 years old. The story is a true store of how Hayden helped Sheila come out of her shell and trust someone will not abandon her and begin to love again.

I liked the story, however, the teacher/author, Hayden annoyed me. I felt she made herself into a hero, and very few teachers could be like her and en
Oct 26, 2014 Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first thing I want to tell you is how much this book made me cry. Buckets full. Maybe even enough to fill an ocean. Ugly cry, even. Unashamed, let-it-all-out, bawling. That’s how much. I’m not even exaggerating. This is significant, because tearjerker movies get me to cry often, but in contrast, only a handful of books have managed to dissolve me into tears. With One Child, I cried often, and I cried long and hard. It’s not only Sheila’s circumstances that made me cry, but also because I was ...more
Ruth Turner
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Jul 01, 2015 Rita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
É triste observarmos no mundo casos como o de Sheila.
Sheila e Torey foram-me cativando ao longo destas páginas trágicas e tão cheias de falhas.
Ao mesmo tempo fico feliz por existirem educadoras e professoras como Torey que não só ensinam como também cicatrizam feridas com o amor, amizade e a esperança depositada nas crianças com problemas.
Todos pensavam que Sheila não tinha solução, porém Torey insistiu e provou o contrário.
Jul 20, 2016 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gostei muito da obra, aborda diversos temas bastante interessantes e tem uma mensagem muito forte sobre superação e a força do amor e da compreensão.

Considerei a obra um pouco previsível, todavia adorei os temas, as personagens e a mensagem subjacente na obra. Mal vejo a hora de poder ler mais obras desta autora.
Sep 22, 2010 ayyitskianaa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade-shelf
ahh. One Child, by Torey Hayden was just plain... FANTASTIC... AMAZING... GREAT... I LOVED the book. It was about a young girl at the age of 5 years old is what I remember. Okay, so she was left on the side of a highway hanging on the gate by her mother, which left her to go live in California with the little girls' only and little brother. Her dad found her and took her back home, where she always gets abused and is taught many things.

So when she goes to school, she has the knowledge of a 5th
Feb 22, 2008 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a powerful book written by a special educator. For one of my classes I has to read another one or Torey's experiences "Just Another Kid." Both are based on actual experiences of Torey teaching special education. I really related. She writes in a very raw way so there is inappropriate language spoken by her students. Also, situations of her students are really difficult and hard so be prepared. I felt she wrote in such an honest and straightforward way that she could have been in my class ...more
Jul 31, 2012 Jacqueline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read 'One Child' as a junior in high school as part of a project, I recently reread it this past winter. This book highlights how resilient children can be. Nature vs. nurture is explored in this nonfiction story. Six year old Sheila, a poor almost deranged child, is put into Torey Hayden's special needs class after she tried to light another child on fire. She is violent, dirty, and scares the other children in the class until Torey begins to see the real Sheila who is sweet, kind, and a gift ...more
Laura Noi
Sep 01, 2015 Laura Noi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Devo leggere tutti i libri scritti da questa donna meravigliosa.
Questo è un libro che avevo a casa da un po' di tempo, l'avevo trovato usato in un mercatino. Ho aspettato tanto a leggerlo perchè dalla trama mi faceva "paura". Paura nel senso che mi avrebbe fatto soffrire, insomma parliamo di una bambina che ha subito violenze e soprusi e soprattutto è una storia vera. A me queste cose mettono i brividi, le voglio leggere, so che devo farlo ma ne ho sempre paura.
Alla fine mi sono decisa
Daniela Almeida
Apr 28, 2016 Daniela Almeida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Sheila cativou a Torey. A Torey cativou a Sheila. E as duas cativaram-me a mim. Nunca li um livro tão bonito, tão delicioso. Chorei e senti-me triste durante as últimas páginas. Incrível, incrível, incrível. Recomendo totalmente!
Mar 08, 2009 res rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good
Pengalaman Torey Hayden membimbing dan mendidik Sheila dalam kelas khusus anak-anak berketerbelakangan mental diceritakan dengan baik dan sarat menggugah emosi.

Kasus sheila sendiri cukup pelik - bagaimana mungkin dapat diterima oleh akal sehat bila seorang gadis berusia 6 tahun tega membakar anak lelaki berusia 3 tahun nyaris sampai mati? Dari sisi psikologi tentu ada sesuatu yang 'tidak pada semestinya' sedang berlangsung ! (Bagi peminat buku / novel psikologi jangan lewatkan pula untuk membaca
Nov 01, 2011 Jacquelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book.
This book follows the progress of a child that was placed in Ms. Hayden's classroom because there was 'no where else to put her' as she waited for an opening at the state hospital.
I felt this book was sincerely written, and very honest. It didn't dance around the subject matter at all. I also felt that Ms. Hayden was writing from a fairly objective perspective. She didn't toot her own horn constantly, nor did she degrade or downplay the roles of others in the process of working with
Dec 25, 2012 Afina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buku ini membuka mata dan pikiran saya bahwa sikap yang ditunjukkan oleh masing-masing individu merupakan hasil dari apa yang telah mereka alami dahulunya. Kita tidak diperbolehkan menghakimi tindakan orang lain karena masa lalunya bisa jadi berbeda dengan masa lalu kita.
Tertulis di warta berita lokal, seorang gadis kecil mengikat seorang anak laki-laki di pohon dan merencanakan untuk membakarnya.
Gadis kecil itu bernama Sheila.
Sheila mengalami trauma akan masa lalunya. Ia diperkosa oleh pamannya
Jan 27, 2008 Schnuckiputzi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers
Shelves: 2008
Torey Hayden is a teacher of those children society deems "garbage"...autistic, schizophrenic, emotionally damaged, suicidal. This was in the seventies and eighties, before autism became a popular disease. I read One Child, a book I've read before, which the story of Sheila, a six year old so abused and emotionally scarred that she takes a neighborhood child out to the woods and sets fire to him. Because no one else will take her into a normal classroom, Torey gets her. She's emaciated, owns one ...more
Jul 01, 2012 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absorbing and enthralling. It drew me in slowly, introducing Sheila, first, as merely a statistic in a newspaper. Insignificant and unimportant despite the horrendous act which she has committed. This is a good way for us to "meet" this brilliant and joyous little girl because it's how she has been viewed all of her short life. We are told in brutal honesty about Sheila's early life and her upbringing. At 6 she has experiences things a grown adult could barely comprehend but she is ...more
Rafida Djakiman
May 21, 2013 Rafida Djakiman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
layak dibaca,gak hanya buat para guru, tapi juga orangtua.buku ini membuktikan bahwa perilaku anak itu terbentuk dari pola asuh di dalam keluarga.ketika anak dibesarkan dengan penolakan dan segala hal negatif lainnya,dia akan menjadi anak yang gak percaya diri,temper tantrum,dan gak percaya dengan orang-orang yang ada di lingkungannya.baca buku ini bikin saya sedih sekaligus bergidik, bagaimana ada seorang anak yang berusia 6 tahun bisa menangis dalam diam, memendam traumanya sedemikian rupa, me ...more
Roberta Frontini
Mar 30, 2013 Roberta Frontini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The opinion on my blog -

Livro: A criança que não queria falar
Autora: Torey Hayden

Neste livro fala-se de uma violenta criança de seis anos com problemas a níveis sociais e emocionais. Tudo isto muda quando encontra a autora do livro, uma professora de necessidades educativas especiais. O grande problema deste livro é o facto da autora ser muito...CONVENCIDA...
Basta ler a capa do livro para encontrarmos a seguinte frase:

"Era uma criança de seis anos insociá
Oct 17, 2012 ReaderSP rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read a few of Torey Hayden's books and I had been meaning to read this one for a long time. A usually with Hayden's books, it follows her experiences working with children with special needs and running a special needs class. The main character in the book is Shelia, a very troubled young girl. Shelia comes to Hayden's class at the age of 7, whilst waiting for a placement in a secure unit, after committing a horrible crime on another child. Shelia is a disruptive mute, whose worse attribu ...more
Feb 07, 2008 Icha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kisah tentang Sheila ini cukup mengenaskan dan mengharukan. Saat membaca kisahnya, saya dapat merasakan sedihnya, sakitnya, saya bahkan merasa menyayangi dia, walaupun dia tidak berada di dekat saya. Dia hanya seorang gadis kecil. Sayangnya , seorang gadis kecil ini pernah mengalami segala hal buruk yang mungkin dialami orang dewasa, mulai dari ditinggalkan orang yang disayangi, ditelantarkan, dijauhi, dihina, bahkan yang paling parah, dia pernah mengalami tindak pelecehan dan penganiayaan seksu ...more
Simply Just Jen
Feb 23, 2013 Simply Just Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS IS FOR "ONE CHILD" ONLY I first formed my relationship with Sheila in the 5th grade as part of an advanced English class. I remember thinking oh my gosh this really happened to such a brilliant child. Sheila was a 5 yr old child who lived in such horrific circumstances that the rats round her had better lives. She is considered helpless after she sets a 3yr old on fire. No where to go the State puts her in a special education classroom. There she meets Torey a teacher, who helps Sheila blos ...more
Jul 21, 2012 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is only for One Child. For some reason there is not a listing for the single book.

When a co-worker first recommended I read this book I was skeptical. It is about a 6 year old girl, Shelia, that sets a 3 year old on fire and as a result is placed in a special education classroom. I did not think that I would feel any sympathy for a child that would commit such a horrendous act. But I was wrong. Throughout the book you find yourself rooting for Shelia hoping that she works through th
Mar 12, 2013 Ursula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my most loved books of all time. I read it many times as a teenager and in my 20's until I lost track of my copy. Finally picked up a new copy, and it was like being reunited with an old friend. Torey Hayden's One Child was the first book I ever read about behaviorally challenged children. I loved it so much back then, that I eagerly went off in search of her other titles, and eventually branched out into other teacher-authors (like Mary MacCracken). There are now many titles in this cate ...more
Haniva Az Zahra
May 06, 2014 Haniva Az Zahra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
dan saya kembali membaca buku ini.

kali ini saya lebih menghayati, lebih berpikir ketika membaca, berusaha menyimpan hal hal baik dalam kenangan, dan memupuk harapan : semoga suatu saat saya bisa seperti Torey yang begitu jujur dan peduli pada anak-anak.

seringkali kita mudah jatuh cinta pada anak kecil lucu wangi dan rupawan, tapi jika sebaliknya? rasanya manusiawi jika enggan. semua pun begitu. pada awalnya. namun, dibalik penampilan fisik yang 'ga banget', selalu ada hal menarik dari anak-anak
Oct 26, 2009 Alyssa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book One Child by Torey Hayden is truly one of the best books I read! It shows how a child named Sheila can change from being a chaotic and unruly child; to a calm child who can function in society. This book shows that everyone can change no matter who you are even if you are a criminal. With the power of love a child can change just like Sheila. As her teacher and also the author of the book Torey Hayden showed love to Sheila and all the other students in her class. Society portrays Sheila ...more
Bee Wallis
Feb 09, 2016 Bee Wallis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I found this book really interesting and enjoyed reading the story of the little girl. Sheila goes through so much and I liked being able to hear about her progression. It was a book that I didn't want to end as I wanted to know how her life ended up and how her time went after the year in toreys class.
Nov 29, 2009 carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a young girl, abused in so many ways, and thanks to a wonderful teacher (one who actually cares about the children she works with, versus those who are there for whatever reason). This child overcomes more in her early years of life than what most people do in a life time. My hats off to Torey Hayden; for the love, strength, and hope that she has given to this child..... and to "Sheila" for gaining the trust in someone to show her that people do care and that there are actuall ...more
Lisa Black
Jun 04, 2015 Lisa Black rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this as a teenager and it is still one of my all time favorite books. It's a story that sticks with you.
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Victoria Lynn Hayden, known as Torey L. Hayden (born May 21, 1951 in Livingston, Montana) is a child psychologist, special education teacher, university lecturer and writer of non-fiction books based on her real-life experiences with teaching and counselling children with special needs.
Subjects covered in her books include autism, Tourette syndrome, sexual abuse, fetal alcohol syndrome, and electi
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“She looked up. "What I can't figure out is why the good things always end."
"Everything ends."
"Not some things. Not the bad things. They never go away."
"Yes, they do. If you let them, they go away. Not as fast as we'd like sometimes, but they end too. What doesn't end is the way we feel about each other. Even when you're all grown up and somewhere else, you can remember what a good time we had together. Even when you're in the middle of bad things and they never seem to be changing, you can remember me. And I'll remember you.”
“Oh, Tuhan," Sheila bergumam pelan, saat dia mengamati pemandangan itu, "mengapa hal-hal yang begitu indah membuatku begitu sedih?” 0 likes
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