What's the Name of That Book??? discussion

SOLVED: Non-Fiction > SOLVED!: Book about a baby who was burned in a pan by her mother [s]

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Melissa Araujo | 2 comments This was a book I read in the early 80's. It was the story of a baby who was burned in a frying pan by her mother,then (if I remember correctly) abandoned at an orphange. She was left extremely disfigured and partial blind(again, if I remember correctly) It was the story of her lonely life and struggle to grow up and stay positive. Please any help would be greatly appreciated. I have been trying for over 6 months to remember the name of this book. The title may have been the girls name, but I'm not sure.

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Melissa Araujo | 2 comments Whew figured out the name. It's called "No Language But A Cry" Written by Richard Anthony D'Ambrosio

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Anita | 41 comments I'm not sure that's right. I remember reading a book w/ the same subject matter yeas ago. I'm thinking Reviving Ophelia or A Child Called It.

message 4: by M— (last edited Mar 08, 2010 05:51AM) (new)

M— | 379 comments The original poster seems pretty sure No Language But A Cry is correct.

Amazon gives the book this description:

The child called Laura was the worst case Dr Richard D'Ambrosio had ever encountered. As a toddler she had been held in a frying pan and horribly burned. At 12 years old she was labelled schizophrenic and housed in a gloomy institution run by Catholic nuns. Scarred physically and emotionally, she had never spoken a word. But one Sister believed she could speak - if they could find someone to unlock the terrifying memories that kept her mute. That person was Dr D'Ambrosio. This is the story of professional skill and human courage, he records his rescue of that little girl.

A Child Called It and Reviving Ophelia don't quite match the details in the original post. A Child was about an abused boy, instead of an abused girl; and Reviving looks to have published at least a decade after the poster read this book.

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