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Twilight Children: Three Voices No One Heard Until a Therapist Listened

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From the bestselling author of One Child comes the story of three of former special education teacher Torey Hayden’s most extraordinary challenges.

Nine-year-old Cassandra, kidnapped by her father and found starving, dirty, and picking through garbage cans—is a child prone to long silences and erratic, violent behavior.

Charming, charismatic four-year-old Drake will speak
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Avon (first published March 1st 2005)
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Jun 11, 2007 LARRY rated it it was amazing
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How can you not love Torey Hayden? My aunt introduced my mother to Torey. My mother introduced me to her. I introduced my partner to her. I have all her books and have enjoyed them all. I just have one last book to read of hers, *The Very Worst Thing*.

Torey is a teacher and a specialist in elective mutism. However, this book is a little different. She is now working a unit in a hospital. Although she works as a therapist, the teacher in her emerges from time
Jun 17, 2016 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stelle
L'ho amato! Sono partita un po' prevenuta perché pensavo da come si presentava la copertina che usasse un linguaggio troppo tecnico nel campo della psicologia invece no! Storia originale, narrazione semplice, scorrevole e coinvolgente. Era il libro che cercavo da tanto tempo.
Unica pecca che gli è costato mezza stellina è stata la scelta che non ho capito di inserire in una trama con già ben due protagonisti che si portano dietro una storia pesante e che quindi avrebbero perfino povuto
Lisa Vegan
Nov 03, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Torey Hayden fans, those interested in emotionally disturbed children
I just love Torey Hayden’s books and was delighted to find one I hadn’t know about and therefore hadn’t read.

She’s an exceptional child therapist and teacher and her writing style is so accessible. I zipped through this book because I was loathe to put it down.

I know these kids inside out, partly from my own work and life, partly from reading so many books about them.

I “diagnosed” both kids before the information was revealed in the book but this is one of Hayden’s better books, one of about th
Mónica Silva
Jan 27, 2013 Mónica Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Torey Hayden retrata mais uma vez a sua experiência profissional no âmbito da psicologia. Porém, neste livro surgem três casos, duas crianças e uma idosa, cada qual com os seus motivos para permanecerem mudos, os quais Torey terá que desvendar.

Cassandra é uma menina que apenas conhece o pior lado da vida, vítima de um passado terrível. As descrições do sofrimento que sofreu durante a infância são brutais e levaram-me a cerrar os dentes com
Meital Ben-Daniel
Jul 25, 2016 Meital Ben-Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: child-abuse
Torey Hayden's books, that I have already read, are extremely sad, but I keep reading one every once in a while. Her strength and total dedication to the children she tries to help are admirable. I like the process of getting to know the children and the continuous way of trying to help with their difficulties never letting go or giving up on the situation at hand.

A quote that stood out for me (page: 302): "... But it's usually easier to tolerate such things if you have support, if you know tha
Jun 29, 2015 Virginia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quando la situazione è disperata, niente potrà renderla peggiore, perciò vale sempre la pena di arrischiarsi a fare qualcosa per migliorarla
May 31, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written by a special education teacher and child psychologist, this book follows the stories of three patients. Each patient is complex and endearing in their own way. As you read, you not only feel for them but for Torey Hayden as she tries to help them find their way through their issues. It was a wonderful book that I couldn't put down. I couldn't walk away from hearing the story of each of these people. Every time the narrative switched between patients, I found myself both hating the interr ...more
Charlotte Netzler
Jun 23, 2015 Charlotte Netzler rated it really liked it
Min typ av bok när jag inte läser skönlitteratur. Om mitt favoritämne: samtal med barn.
Emily Moore
Oct 01, 2014 Emily Moore rated it it was amazing
This book is a nonfiction piece. It is written by a therapist about three of her patients. Through out the story you see the troublesome backgrounds and experiences these patients have. As you read on you really get to know the author and the patients she had.

In this book, I truly liked how it was set up. I love how Hayden portrayed her patients. My favorite character was Cassandra. She always made you laugh or cringe, sometimes all at once. The characters in this story felt so real, I felt lik
Dundee Library
Sep 05, 2014 Dundee Library rated it really liked it
Torey Hayden is a former special education teacher who now works as an educational psychologist. In this book, she chronicles the struggles of three of her patients. Two are children she worked with in a psychiatric hospital and the third is an elderly woman who has suffered a massive stroke. Not only does she show herself to be a great therapist, but her writing style is outstanding. I was drawn into the drama of these patients' lives and circumstances - especially the children's - from the ve ...more
Jan 18, 2010 Esther rated it it was amazing
This book is from three different kids point of veiws, Torey now works in a hospital and works with kids there. The three main kids that she works will are so simualy yet so different in so many ways. They all need some kind of help but the only person that can really give it to them is them selfs. I rate this book a 5 because it is aAMAZINg and I t makes me want to do what she does as a living.
Beth Pearson
Nov 19, 2014 Beth Pearson rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I really enjoyed this Non-Fiction read, but I'll be the first to say it is not for everyone. First, you have to be interested in the psychology of working with abused children, trying to figure out the puzzle pieces in a way that makes sense and explains their behavior. Second, you need to be able to read some sad, sick things that have happened to children. Not tons, but some. The author/therapist reports things that were said in her therapy sessions with those she was working with. Some parts ...more
Jul 07, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it
Another Torey Hayden book where she tells us her psychological experience. This book revolves around 3 stories:
- Cassandra, a 9 year old girl who was kidnapped by her father and found starving and dirty. She's a child with a violent behavior, who only knows the worst side of the world;
- The 4 year old Drake, who would speak only in private to his mother. He was born in a rich family and his grandfather is an arrogant man who demands for an immediate cure for his problem;
- And Gerda, an 82 yea
Jan 31, 2016 MAGS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Torey Hayden escreveu uma obra intrigante e realista, com personagens autênticos e honestamente misteriosos, que arrastam o leitor para as suas mentes danificadas pela vida ou jovialmente alegres, fazendo-nos perder a noção do que é real e não é, ao longo da história. Ao mesmo tempo que mentiras são contadas, verdades são reveladas nas entrelinhas. Se não fosse a primeira parte pouco cativante, creio que seria capaz de afirmar que este livro é merecedor de umas ótimas cinco estrelas. Perante tal ...more
Apr 05, 2014 Phillipa rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book thoroughly surprised me. I took it from Book Club as a last resort in a month with a number of public holidays thinking if I managed to get thru the rest of my books I would give it a read. I wasn't overly enthusiastic.

But I really enjoyed it. Sadly the endings do fall a little short, mostly because of the "True Story" factor. I wanted more information on what happened eventually but sadly because it's real life, you never get the wrap-up one becomes used to in fiction. But still, read
Jan 20, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: torey-hayden
Il mio primo romanzo della Hayden. Molto intenso, ben scritto e scorrevole; la trama e lo stile catturano decisamente, anche se a volte le riflessioni dell'autrice mi sembravano troppo lunghe e superflue. Forse sono state 'annacquate' per compensare il linguaggio prettamente 'da psicologa', che comunque non è difficile da comprendere. La storia di Cassandra è quella che mi ha interessato di più ma devo ammettere che tutt'e tre sono molto coinvolgenti e la Hayden si destreggia abilmente tra esse, ...more
May 14, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing
As always, Torey Hayden delivers a dynamic and fascinating success story of her dealings in the lives of disturbed or special ed children that keeps us on the edge of our seat. I read late into the night and finished this book the next day. While the author states on her website that "no" she is not able to help all children in her care, the stories of success are intriguing to tell. The depth of her wisdom and skill is magnificent as she uncovers the mysteries and searches to solutions to free ...more
Jan 20, 2015 Shelby rated it it was amazing
This book is one of a couple books that I have read by Torey Hayden. I think she is an excellent author. I read the book One Child also by Torey Hayden and absolutely loved it, so that is what got me interested in reading Twilight Children. I enjoyed Twilight Children a lot as well. I liked that is focused on a few different kids and an adult with traumatic stories. This book really kept me interested and hooked. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great and exciting non-fiction ...more
”Hiljaisuuden lapset” oli ensimmäinen lukemani Haydenin kirja, vaikka ne vaikuttavatkin melkoisen suosituilta, sillä olin hyvin ennakkoluuloinen kirjoja kohtaan. Isoin minua mietityttänyt asia oli kuinka todenmukaisina Haydenin kertomaa voidaan pitää, sillä ajalla on tapana kullata muistoja tai ainakin värittää niitä alkuperäisestä totuudesta poikkeaviksi. Aivan helppoja ratkaisuja kirjassa ei esitetty ja ainakin Cassandran tapaus oli hyvin kivulias vuosienkin jälkeen, mutta uskon jotain silotte ...more
Feb 04, 2009 Laura rated it liked it
This book follows three patients that Torey Hayden worked with who for different reasons were unable to speak either completely or intermittently. There is Drake, a charming 4 year old who can't say a single sound, and Gerda an elderly woman who has suffered a stroke and can speak but seems to be refusing to, and there is Cassandra, a bright young girl who has terrible temper tantrums followed by days of refusing to speak. Drake and Cassandra are inpatients in a psychiatric hospital where Torey ...more
Oct 02, 2011 Vicky rated it really liked it
In short, "Twilight Children" follows Torey Hayden and 3 of her patients. I don't know what other people would think when they read the story, but I found it to be very interesting to see the progress Torey made in helping Drake, Cassandra and Greta. Perhaps, this has something to do with being a psychology student,and, in particular, my interest to work with children later on. But yes, I found it rather 'nice' to be able to read about this in a more practical setting, simply than pure theory. C ...more
Feb 28, 2010 Jeanettedianne rated it really liked it
Found this book in the Library today...sounded very intriguing.....

"A light in the darkness for severely troubled children, former special education teacher Torey Hayden faced three of her most extraordinary challenges after she left the classroom

Nine-year-old Cassandra, kidnapped by her father and found starving, dirty, and picking through garbage cans -- a child prone to long silences and erratic, violent behavior, whose hard-won recollections of the nightmare she endured could not be fully t
Mar 19, 2009 Mo rated it really liked it
Torey Haden is a therapist who works with children who have selective mutism. In this book, she tells us about three of the individuals she met during her work: two children and an elderly lady. I really liked reading this book. The stories were moving and interesting, and there was even an element of suspense where I found myself thinking along with Torey to figure out what exactly had happened to these people (especially Drake and Cassandra) and how they might be helped.

As someone with an inte
Feb 12, 2009 Erna rated it liked it
The author, Hayden, tells her story as a therapist. She has three little patient who have got lingusitic alteration. One is from a wealthy and famous family who can not speak since childbirth. However, the mother wants to protect her kid and try to hide the anomaly. Later, Hayden help the mother, her husband and their kid to start their new life without being fear of his wealthy father.

Another child is a little 8 year olds girl which had experienced traumatic events in her early childhood. Her f
Nov 11, 2007 Vass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Typical Torey Hayden.

Sometimes she gets a little anvilicious, like when the nine-year-old girl, without prompting, explains *exactly* what each of her feelings represents, and this corresponds perfectly to the foreshadowing in the previous chapter, but that's par for the genre.

And I *like* it. I had a psychotherapist like Cassandra's Dr Brown. And I like that she (Hayden, not Dr Brown) models good therapeutic practice. If she was the way the back cover copy describes her, I'd have read one book
Aug 12, 2013 Jan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
For whatever reasons, this may be my favorite of the Torey Hayden's books. She is so puzzled by the children in this volume--perhaps that makes me feel more on a level with her, since in several of her books I had just a hint of a feeling that she was starring herself in the role of Teacher as Hero. While she certainly deserves the title of Hero, it's just a touch off-putting to read a first person narrative in which the wisest one is always the intuitive, free-wheeling author. I think that may ...more
Hayden Lovo
Dec 08, 2014 Hayden Lovo rated it liked it
I really loved this book, it was definitely one of those books you couldn't put down. It really opened my eyes to a lot of things. I feel as if people don't really believe there are kids out there like this, but there is and they need help. Torey hayden did a very good job eight communicating with the kids and making them feel comfortable. I really did love his book, everyone should read it or a book like it.
Karen Osment
Dec 07, 2014 Karen Osment rated it really liked it
Brilliant book by an amazing woman who works with troubled children. She is a child psychologist and special needs teacher and its so interesting to read her stories of how she has helped children. This book centres around a young boy who is mute, a girl who has suffered horrific child abuse and (out of her comfort zone) an elderly lady who is also mute. The techniques she uses are amazing and she is a true inspiration. I'd love her job and to be able to help children in the way she does!
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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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