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Ghost Girl: The True Story of a Child in Peril and the Teacher Who Saved Her

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Jadie never spoke. She never laughed, or cried, or uttered any sound. Despite efforts to reach her, Jadie remained locked in her own troubled world––until one remarkable teacher persuaded her to break her self–imposed silence. Nothing in all of Torey Hayden's experience could have prepared her for the shock of what Jadie told her––a story too horrendous for Torey's profess

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Hardcover, 230 pages
Published 1991 by Little, Brown & Company
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Maria Espadinha
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Humano Demasiado Desumano


Jadie é mais um caso de mutismo. Mais um caso duma jovem que em resposta a maus tratos infringidos, se encerra em si mesma, num mundo concha.
Maus tratos?!... Maus tratos será um eufemismo incapaz de fazer jus aos abusos que a vitimaram!
O que nos contam são Horrores! Pavores inimagináveis! Cenas que saltaram dum thriller de terror para a tela real!...
Custa aceitar que seres tão abjectos, capazes de tamanhas atrocidades, pertençam à mesma espécie de Jesus Cristo, Pitágoras
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Ruth Turner
Oct 31, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned


DNF

*spoiler alert for the first half of the book*


This is the second book that I've read by Torey Hayden, and I think it will be the last.

It's well written and easy to read, as far as the writing style goes, but that's the only good thing I have to say.

As for the story itself, I don't believe a word of it.

Jadie, the central character in this story, suffers from selective mutism, but only at school. For years, teachers and the school psychologist have been trying to get her to speak, with no succ
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Cathy
I finished this book in exactly one week. Ghost girl is...a compelling book, to say the least. The fact that it tells a true story is one of the reasons why its reader is urged to keep on going, but the most important reason is that you can't help but wanting to find out what happened to Jadie.

The book is about her, an 8-year-old girl who's deeply disturbed and is an elective mute. That means she doesn't talk by choice. She never laughs, never cries or expresses any other kind of emotion. She ju
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Rosie
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

De uma forma simples e descontraída somos apresentadas a esta investigadora comportamental de crianças especiais e as motivações que a fazem trocar o certo pelo incerto, o conforto e um certo facilitismo por um trabalho árduo, lento e só. Num impulso deixa para trás a cidade e opta por um lugar mais rural porque acredita que poderá dar mais de si própria, sobretudo, contribuir junto de quem mais precisa e com menos recursos disponíveis.

Com uma resiliência adequadíssima às suas funções esta prof
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Kate
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Meg
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book freaked. me. out. You know - in that "praying you can forget it long enough to fall asleep" kind of way. Seriously - if Hayden handed the manuscript to Stephen King and asked him to make it more disturbing, there wouldn't be a clown-wig-wearing, pig-blood-showering thing he could do about it.

The craziest part is - it isn't a horror book. Well, I guess it sort of is. It's a horror book slash murder mystery with the undertones of a thriller that's driven by the special interest story of
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Sarah
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was fairly pulp-type reading, I got through the book very quickly. The author is a special needs teacher & has written a whole series of books about the "poor" children she's worked with (but who's stories she doesn't mind using for profit...there's no real educational or informative angle on these things). It didn't sit right with me that this is apparently a real case, but obviously changed to "protect the innocent" to the point where she could have probably made up anything. I also d ...more
Nenette
Sep 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really, really disturbing....as this is a true story, untainted, non-fictionalized. Unlike in fiction, it does not have all the answers, and as a reader, I don't feel free to formulate any either. At the end, I can only hope and pray for a good life for both Jadie and Amber, and for Sapphire of course.

Torey Hayden is a good storyteller as I believe she is a teacher. The book was written for someone with no psychology background easy to understand. Not only that, I found myself really immersed in
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ABC
May 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teens-and-adults
This is the true story of an experienced special ed teacher who goes to a small town to teach a class. One girl in her class in very disturbed and this book tries to unravel why the girl is disturbed.

Once I got into the book I couldn't put it down. But now that I am finished.....creepy. I don't think I will sleep well tonight. This book will probably give me nightmares and I sort of regret reading it!

I googled and the girl is now grown-up, but declined to be interviewed.

I have my opinion about
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Lemae Adam
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is gripping and heartwrenching. It is a story that I just had to finish once I started, and I read the entire book in one sitting. But once I finished the book, I almost wished I hadn't read it. There are some very grapic and disturbing images in this book. It made me feel bad to even let my mind wander to these kinds of places. The very sad thing about this book is that it is a true story. And whether you believe Jadie truly experienced these things or not, I really do believe she exp ...more
Blanches Jeanne
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-no
after-read effect:

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tadinya sempet mau mindahin buku ini ke shelf "tendang-ke-laut" tapi ga tega juga..aku baca buku ini pas kelas 3 apa 2 smp ya? dan buat yang udah baca pasti tau buku-bukunya Torey Hayden itu diperuntukkan buat usia 30tahun keatas.orr siapapun yang sudah siap mental. Jelas aku bener bener ga siap mental pas itu.
arghhh why did i read thiss boookk?? this book haunted me for years. tapi memang ga separah Kevin sih Murphy's Boy

aduh, stress ga sih ngebayangin child abuse? tapi sayang
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Daina Cing
Mar 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jadie's story is compelling, disturbing, and touching all at once. The story naturally attracted my interest and, no matter how horrifying and sickening Jadie's experiences were, I still found myself reading more and more chapters with every chance I had. This is a very good story, just bear in mind that this is a non-fiction story written by the teacher Ms.Torey herself. In my opinion "Ghost Girl" is definitely not one of those stories you can shortly discuss with a friend who hasn't read it ye ...more
Tiago Cabica
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uma leitura simples e rápida que nos leva a conhecer a incrível história de Jadie, uma menina com um comportamento muito característico. É muito interessante ainda poder seguir os restantes colegas de turma de Jadie, cada um com problemas específicos e que nos levam a conhecer novas realidades.
A forma como nos vamos envolvendo na historia e nos 'segredos' de Jadie é viciante levando-nos a querer sempre ler mais e mais.
É triste saber que existem casos destes no mundo e que há mais crianças como
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Sara Dye
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a special education teacher, I found this book so, so interesting and heartbreaking. I found the ending less than satisfying, but it is real life and real life doesn't wrap up nicely with a little bow on top. I will definitely be checking out Hayden's other books.
Tânia Tanocas
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leituras-2015
Opinião em breve... ;)
Kris
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Definitely the most readable of Hayden's books that I've read. Which is not to say that the subject matter was pleasant - far from it. But the narrative flowed a lot more smoothly, and I didn't find myself as frustrated with the author as I have in her past books.
The book was written in the 1980s (first published in 1991), and there are some things she was able to get away with then that would definitely not fly in a public school today - picking an unruly boy up by his belt and shirt collar, li
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Shayla Padilla
Dec 14, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Shayla by: Ms.Whitehead
This book has a very interesting plot. It is about a lady named Torey who gets a job in Pecking to work as a special needs teacher because the old teacher didn't come back. She later found out that the old teacher had commited suicide. On their first day she had four children; Jeramiah,Reuben, Philip and Jadie. Jeramiah was in the class because no other techer wanted him in there classes. He was a very violent child and swore all the time. Reuben was autistic. Philip was a premature baby so was ...more
Jenna
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Carol
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ghost Girl by Torey Hayden
3.5 Stars

From The Book:
Jadie never spoke. She never laughed, or cried, or uttered any sound. Despite efforts to reach her, Jadie remained locked in her own troubled world—until one remarkable teacher persuaded her to break her self-imposed silence. Nothing in all of Torey Hayden's experience could have prepared her for the shock of what Jadie told her—a story too horrendous for Torey's professional colleagues to acknowledge. Yet a little girl was living in a nightmare,
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Icha
Jan 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Torey Hayden adalah pakar psikologi pendidikan serta guru bagi anak-anak dengan kebutuhan khusus. Buku ini menceritakan salah satu pengalamannya menghadapi seorang anak yang diduga menderita elective mutism, Jadie. Meskipun laporan menunjukkan bahwa di rumah dia berbicara, namun di sekolah, dia tidak pernah mengeluarkan sepatah kata pun. Selian tidak berbicara, dia juga tidak tertawa, menangis, batuk, dan sebagainya, sehingga dia bagaikan sebuah boneka yang terdiam di antara 3 orang temannya.

To
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Juanita
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, child-abuse
Review: Ghost Girl by Torey Hayden. This book is about child abuse. I recommend that only adults 18 or older read this. It 19s about a eight year old girl who has a problem of being mutely uncommunicative to people she comes in contact with. She was placed in a special class at school with four other disabled students. She can talk but refuses to. She finally starts to trust the special educational teacher as the school year goes on. This child starts telling information to the teacher that is s ...more
Laura
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-star
I read this book some years ago on loan from the library when I was researching child abuse as part of my studies. What caught my attention is that the book is not written by the victim, but from the perspective of perhaps the only adult to get through to the young, disturbed child. Torey Hayden is a special needs teacher, working in an impoverished area, and her charges are a classroom of mentally disturbed children.

One of the students, Jadie, captures Hayden's attention perhaps more than the
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Lilcutie
Jan 10, 2010 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody and anybody
Recommended to Lilcutie by: teacher
Ebonie Washington
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Title: Ghost Girl

The novel is about a girl named Jadie who was an elective mute. She never ever laughed or cried out loud. Jadie was a person who stayed to herself all the time in her own troubled world. Until one of her teachers gave her dome advice to break her silence and to speak. After that, however Jadie told the teacher a story that was very difficult to hear.
In addition to Jadie…. The first character name is Tashee, the one who was getting picked on in the story
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Sarah Sammis
Jun 07, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: released
I'm not sure what to make of Ghost Girl. This memoir of a year teaching an elective mute and her three classmates is simultaneously charming and horrifying. The book uses horror genre conventions: a mater of fact tone, cliffhangered surprises at the end of chapters and the combination of graphic sexual description with the occult. There's just problem: the events described are based on reality.

The book is a memoir but other than it being presented in the first person it doesn't read like a memo
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Margherita
Jan 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lontano dall'essere un romanzo, sembra una sorta giallo imperniato sul rapporto che si crea tra l'insegnante (e autrice del libro) Torey e una bambina con gravi problemi psicologici.E' purtroppo una storia vera e dico purtroppo perchè racconta di abusi e difficoltà talmente grandi da spaventare qualsiasi adulto, figuraiamoci un bambino. Non so che valore "scientifico" possa avere, se può essere utilizzata come "libro di testo" per corsi universitari relativi al disagio giovanile, non sono ferrat ...more
Irene
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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ReaderSP
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book by my friend after having seen Torey Hayden books on the shelf but never actually reading one. I was hooked. It deals with a subject that no one likes to think about in a very real and compelling way. I like the style of writing and I also like that then book was about the other children in the class. There were some very humorous moments that I felt the book needed to break up the harshness of the main subject. I enjoyed the descriptions of the classroom scenes and felt th ...more
Gina's Library
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This story was a page turner from the very beginning. Torey is a great writer and it's very easy to read. I was interested in finding out what was wrong with Jadie. The truth is more shocking and horror driven than any fiction book can come up with in my opinion.

I am glad there are teachers out there like Torey who really care about their students. I am however surprised she was allowed to spend so much alone time out of the classroom with Jadie.

I hope Jadie was able to find a way to over come
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Tiffany
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: child psycologists, teachers, child welfare workers, etc.
After reading ONE CHILD, I followed up with this book, and found the same thing - I read it in one afternoon, I couldn't put it down. Hayden has an easy style of writing that carries the reader into the story, and she makes it easy to find compassion with all the characters. It is amazing what kind of job she had and the children she met and helped along the way. This book, as with all Hayden's books, moved me completely, and I lent it to a young girl who later went into child welfare and sociol ...more
Irene
I spent half the time reading this book thinking I must have been mistaken and that it absolutely the book absolutely must be fiction. To my shock, surprise and horror I did some investigation only to find out that the author swears it to be the truth. I read this book in a 24 hour period all 307 pages and basically only put it down to go to the bathroom lol I mean I did not even eat that 24 hours as the subject matter the content made it impossible to eat yet impossible to put the book down!!!! ...more
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