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Silent Boy

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  2,951 ratings  ·  117 reviews
From the author of 'One Child' and 'Beautiful Girl' comes a heartbreaking story of a boy trapped in silence and the teacher who rescued him.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Harper Element (first published 1983)
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Miguel
A leitura tinha tudo para redundar num fracasso; temerária, não premeditada, precipitada. Desconhecia a procedência deste testemunho romanceado, ignorava as suas origens...
Ao que tudo indica, inspira-se em histórias reais vivenciadas pela autora, Torey Hayden, que se assume como narradora, e na sua atividade profissional, que incide principalmente nas áreas do autismo e do mutismo eletivo.

A Prisão do Silêncio aprisionou-me a atenção, o ânimo, as emoções – barriquei-me nas palavras, nos parág
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Blanches Jeanne
at first i was like:
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really cant describe my feeling.

then i got mad to this book:
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but then i realized it's reality. and reality sucks!
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aku baca ini beberapa bulan setelah baca Ghost girl (Jadie) pas kelas 2 atau 3 smp. and all i can say is this book really ruined my childhood. aku masih bisa tahan baca ceritanya Jadie, tapi yang ini aduhh.. mungkin ini buku pertama yang aku nyesel bacanya. bukan karena ga bagus, tapi cape banget bacanya..

but, this book capture reality around us. kebetulan aku punya
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Irene
Aug 05, 2014 Irene rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of true stories, Torey Hayden fans
Well, Murphy's Boy isn't my favorite Hayden book. Ghost girl is definitely my favorite with One Child as a not so distant second. Tigers Child was good too and this one -- Murphy's Child is only getting 3 stars because it wasn't quite the same as the others but was still decent. Hard to believe these are all true stories & I have a lot of respect for Hayden & the work she's done with all of these different children. She's an excellent writer as well. Usually her books are hard to put dow ...more
Siri
all hayden books get 4 stars from me bc they changed my life when i was in high school and made me want to be a psychologist to help kids like she did. She is not meant to be a young adult writer.. I think her books are meant for adults, so don't think it's a kiddy book just cuz I read 'em in high school! I don't remember much about the writing (they are all written in first person) but the TRUE stories about the children who she has worked with are heartbreaking and inspiring. Haven't read one ...more
Michelle Vargas
Murphy's Boy is a non-fiction and a case study book. When Torey first met Kevin,he was barricaded under a table surrounded by chairs. Kevin was afraid of everything. He has not spoken in several years. Torey was able to get him to talk, but then Kevin tells stories of his past. He reveals a violent childhood that Torey does not know much about.
There many things I liked about the book. I liked how I had to keep on guessing what was going to happen next. It was like a mini-suspense story. I like
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Lainy
Time taken to read - 3 days

Publisher - Avon

Pages - 324


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His name was Kevin but his keepers called him Zoo Boy. He didn't talk. He hid under tables and surrounded himself with a cage of chairs. He hadn't been out of the building in the four years since he'd come in. He was afraid of water and wouldn't take a shower. He was afraid to be naked, to change his clothes. He was nearly 16.

Desperate to see change in the boy, the staff of Kevin's adolescent treatment center hired Hayden.
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Anne
3.5 stars
I like her books, always have. Guess they appeal to the teacher part of me. But they always make me so sad, too that there are so many kids out there with such trauma in their lives and the system fails them.
This one is about Kevin who is almost 16, elective mute, afraid of everything, hides under the tables. Once again Torey works her magic.
LireauxWC
Ce que j’ai aimé : Amateurs de rubriques « C’est arrivé près de chez vous », ce livre est pour vous. On se laisse forcément embringuer dans la lecture, on a envie de savoir ce qui va se passer, et puis ça ressemble tellement à de la real TV, que quelle que soit la qualité, on scotche comme une moule à son rocher.

Ce que je n’ai pas aimé : Ah les ricains, ils sont tout pleins d’une apparente mignonceté. Hélas, ce livre n’échappe pas aux bons sentiments, omniprésents. L’écriture ressemble tellement
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Elizabeth Francia
There is so much hurt and sadness in this book that at times I would stop and pause in my reading because my heart would be heavy and I would be emotionally strained. Torey Hayden's vivid narrative of her struggle to help a teenage boy who was so "severely deprived and abused in childhood, who had spent most of his life in institutions...a kid whom nobody wanted", made me want to be with her in her journey of re-claiming the boy, Kevin, from the depths of despair and sadness. What is so compelli ...more
Smile
I loveeeeed this. Ican't say i'm a total expert now, but I can say I am able to understand mentally retarded people a little better, and able to have compassion for them, because of this wonderfully written book.
I did recommend it to a friend, but she said she couldn't read more than 10 pages because it was boring. yes, the first 3-5 chapters were boring, but they are the introductory chapters, and can't help themselves from being boring. Other than that, the whole story of this Kevin-boy is ext
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Betryal
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Beth Peninger
What an amazing story. What makes it, in part, so amazing is it is true. Really happened. Several things about this true account of Kevin's story and Hayden's part in it made this book hard to put down. It was one of those books I found myself anxious to get back to when I couldn't be reading it.
Hayden first meets Kevin sequestered under a table and unwilling to speak to anyone for the past 6+ years. His fears have caged he and his voice and the facility he lives in is desperate to know what to
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Kevin M
To clarify my 3 star rating - a rating that means to be, 'Yes, it was more good than bad' - I need to provide a short break down for my rating.

Writing Style: 2 stars. Torey Hayden's writing has it's moments. It's heartfelt and she knows how to structure her chapters and episodes well. But I found myself skimming her long, repetitive inner monologues. All I was interested in was the dialogue between characters - especially her interviews with Kevin.

Her Career: I have to give her 5 stars for an i
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Liz Dean
I found my old copy of this book, and re-read it: (its been about 15 years). Torey Hayden remains the author that affected me the most as a teenager: from volunteering at group homes when I was in highschool to going through a Social Work program in college (with the intention of being a therapist, it was all because of this one, single book.

I have read all of her other books, and I did have a chance to meet her in Europe long ago, but reading this after all those years still hits me with the sa
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Nicole
Torey Hayden - Silent Boy (Murphy's Boy) 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 elective mutism (now called selective mutism), her specialty

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Nicole
Torey Hayden - Murphy's Boy (SILENT BOY) 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 elective mutism (now called selective mutism), her specialty

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Alicia Stevens
Murphy's Boy is the incredible true story about a psychologist Torey Hayden, who took on 15-year-old Kevin's case. Kevin was known as "zoo-boy" because he baraccaided himself under a table with chairs all around and hadn't spoken a word in eight years! Through Hayden's love, compassion, and constant devotion and persistence, she not only was able to get to Kevin to start talking again, but she uncovered a shocking violent history, along with a secret that had been filed away and forgotten.

Altho
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Amanda B
Feb 13, 2008 Amanda B rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda by: my sister
120208: Read part 1 today.. Not at all like her other books. Whereas all the children in her other books seem in desperate need of her help, Kevin scares me. It feels to me like he's playin games.

130208: I loved this book. finished it today. Would've finished it earlier but today was the day every one decided to knock on my door. I dint want to put the book down, it was driving me crazy.

He (Kevin) was definately a little crazy but when it come out about the horriffic abuse he was part of you ca
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Rebecca Haslam
The second of Torey's books on my reading list this week found me more engrossed by this than the other selection. I can't quite put my finger on what makes her writing so good, but she has been for some time now, a writer I often recommend to others and on the back of this I will continue to do so. The people she writes about need little introduction before you instantly start to identify with them, and such is rare in books I feel - certainly today. I hope, having not kept up with her most rec ...more
Deirdre
In Silent Boy, Torey Hayden introduces us to Kevin, an elective mute and her efforts to break his years of self enforced silence. While not seeking to undermine the work which she undertakes with damaged children, this book carries the usual critism of social services and how they fail children, while Ms Hadyen presents herself as an avenging saviour. I feel certain that if social workers were given the resources which they greatly need in order to work individually with children in a therapeuti ...more
Phillipa
I think this has probably become my favourite Torey Hayden novel, it has a happy ending :) But it's a hectic story ... one thing I find when I read some of these non-fiction books is I simply cannot believe how some people treat their kids, those who are supposed to be most precious to them.
Molly
When I read an excerpt of this as a preteen in Reader's Digest it changed the course of my life! I was so enthralled with kids like this (and the teachers that help them) that I became a teacher of children with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders. Thank you, Torey Haden!
Landpomeranze
This book tells the story of a somewhat older boy who had been abandoned even by his own family and forgotten by socialworkers, doctors and everybody else. Torey Hayden was the only person who cared and who helped and believed in Kevin.
Lorraine
Interesting, especially as the author writes on her own experiences. Her subject, Kevin, elective mutism and a very abusive step father. He's been to hell but she helps him back, not without some hiccups.
Irmala Sari
It's the most tragic real story I've read, all torey's book was based on her truly experience.. but its happy ending story..
Hollie
Very intense and heartwrenching in places. I enjoyed this book a lot, would recommend it.
Ariel
Loved this book. I finished it in 2 days, and as usual Torey Hayden didn't disappoint!
Andi
This is the story of Kevin. He had a truly horrific childhood and spent most of his later childhood, early teen years institutionalized. He wouldn't speak. This is the story of how Torey Hayden worked with him and the experiences they have while on his painful road to life outside an institution.

It is a devastating story, but inspiring. Torey Hayden always leaves me pondering how people can be so cruel. But, on the other hand she gives me hope that the human spirit can eventually heal, no matter
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Tamara
I read this book when I was working with kids who were labeled "sex offenders" and had been placed at Buckeye Ranch from Scranton School for the Deaf...the book and my relationships with the kids I worked with at BR were chillingly similar...the story helped me see past the clinical notes on the kids I worked with and get to the root of why they behaved the way they did. I think of the 4 boys I had that spring, 3 are still successful citizens. One, sadly, is incarcerated.

Enough of me! Read the b
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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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