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Silent Boy

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  3,567 Ratings  ·  153 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, 425 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Harper Element (first published 1983)
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Miguel
Mar 28, 2015 Miguel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Kris
Aug 25, 2015 Kris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Say you were a mental health professional, well-respected, a leader in your field. Well-liked by your peers, your opinion is sought on their cases, and they often ask for your assistance with their trickier clients. Now, say your boss calls you into his office and tells you that you're fired. Not because you can't do your job, not because you're difficult to work with, but because it's 1980s Florida, and Dade County has just passed sweeping anti-gay legislation, and it's been discovered that you ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Recently I saw the film adaptation of this book, Trapped in Silence, and it was an amazing film so I decided to read the book to see if it was as good. I can gladly say that the book is even better. It's much more detailed and gripping, really a wonderful story of one woman who makes all the difference in the world to a forgotten kid.
Siri
Feb 25, 2008 Siri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Blanches Jeanne
Apr 22, 2012 Blanches Jeanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-no
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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J.H. Moncrieff
Feb 04, 2017 J.H. Moncrieff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always, Torey Hayden's writing rips out my heart and stomps on it, leaving me feeling slightly broken and battered. No one writes as beautifully as her about such starkly horrible things, and I have no idea how she manages to do what she does.

Murphy's Boy is the story of one of Hayden's unloveable, "unredeemable" children--in this case, a fifteen-year-old boy whose eight-year silence conceals a terrifying rage. Her willingness to continually put her own safety and sanity at risk in order to h
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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.
Don
Jan 27, 2016 Don rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been employed in the rehabilitation field since 1983 and have held my current position with the New York State commission for the Blind since 1989. If you were to ask me the author whose writing has had the most impact on my work, I'm pretty sure my answer would surprise you. It wouldn't be a vocational theorist, though their publications are certainly important. It wouldn't be a researcher, though I definitely value what they publish. It wouldn't be a blindness expert or one of the many ...more
Ebi Febriyanto
Nov 18, 2016 Ebi Febriyanto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aduh, udah lama banget baca buku ini. Agak lupa-lupa inget. Tapi yang pasti, ini buku bagus banget! Penulisnya bener-bener pinter bikin kita, para pembaca buat ngertiin mereka-mereka yang butuh perhatian lebih. I honestly really loved this kind of book. And books like these really made up my mind that there is so much people who needs more caring.
Margret
Oct 21, 2016 Margret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
It was good, but a little disturbing. Kevin character I didn't got into him until the middle of the book. Still, it was good.
Sha
Nov 12, 2016 Sha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goodbye Kevin
Meagan
Feb 23, 2017 Meagan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this the way I have enjoyed the authors other works. Written so similar to fiction, sometimes I forget these are actual patients and people she has worked with.

There were many instances I disagreed with the approach that Ms. Hayden took in her treatment of Kevin. However, I can see why she continued working with him after situations and events that would cause most people to halt any further activities. She has the ability to see through her patients/students pasts, as is the case of K
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Hester
Feb 26, 2017 Hester rated it it was amazing
Inspiring how someone can stick by an 'unloveable' boy who doesn't respond to them and give him the chance that every child deserves.
Lainy
May 15, 2014 Lainy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Amanda Hall
Dec 28, 2016 Amanda Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good. Could not put it down.
Nicole
Sep 06, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: child-psychology
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
Oct 29, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: child-psychology
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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Beth Peninger
Mar 13, 2012 Beth Peninger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Michelle Kinigson
Feb 12, 2017 Michelle Kinigson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall very interesting book to read. Some parts are difficult to consume because of what happened to the boy. Not a huge fan of the title though. I feel other options would have been more relevant. Amazing the progress and relationship between Kevin and Torey and all the work she did to help him.
Liz Dean
Sep 02, 2012 Liz Dean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Johannes
Jun 30, 2015 Johannes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wenn man sich für Psychologie und die etwas unorthodoxe Arbeit mit Menschen mit psychischen Problemen interessiert, dann ist dieses Buch perfekt. Torey L. Hayden ist Spezialistin für Mutismus, Sonderschullehrerin und Psychologin. Sie schildert anschaulich und für jeden verständlich ihr vorgehen und ihre Art, aus dem Bauch heraus Entscheidungen zu treffen, macht sie unglaublich sympathisch und liebenswert. Sie schreibt des öfteren, dass sie nicht wirklich einen Plan davon hatte, was sie tat, als ...more
Michelle Vargas
Oct 02, 2014 Michelle Vargas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Amanda B
Feb 12, 2008 Amanda B rated it really liked it  ·  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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Alicia Stevens
Jul 16, 2010 Alicia Stevens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Deirdre
Nov 07, 2012 Deirdre rated it did not like it
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
Laura Noi
Sep 18, 2015 Laura Noi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stupendo. Ho già dichiarato il mio amore per Torey e non posso far altro che ribadirlo. In questo libro emerge soprattutto la tenacia di questa meravigliosa maestra e psicologa. Nonostante tutte le difficoltà incontrate con questo ragazzo, Kevin, nonostante la mancanza di progressi, gli ostacoli burocratici, il silenzio oppressivo, addirittura un episodio di violenza, lei non si ferma. Non si arrende.
Ha davvero della magia dentro di sè, Torey, la magia della passione e dell'amore puro e smisura
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Irene Mcintyre
Jul 12, 2014 Irene Mcintyre rated it liked it  ·  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
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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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