When I saw that Torey Hayden had written a sequel to One Child, I had to read it. I am a fan of Torey Hayden. The subject matter of her books is intense and hard to read for some, but I find her dedication to her students admirable and her writing style interesting and hard to put down.
This was a library book and I got it one day and had it finished by the next day. If you are not familiar with Torey Hayden she was a special education teacher. She was teaching at the time when special education classes were being eliminated and the children in these classes were being integrated into regular or mainstream classes. The children in her class were the ones that no one knew what to do with. Autistic and other learning disabilities. Sheila was in the class because she had set a little boy on fire and there was no room for her at the state facility they wanted to send her to.
Torey discovers that Sheila is not learning disabled, in fact her I.Q. is near genius level. Her problems come from the fact that her parents are alcoholic/drug users and she is living at the migrant camp in extreme poverty. With Torey’s help, Sheila is able to modify her behavior and is eventually put in a regular class.
The Tiger’s Child is the account of how Sheila is as a teenager. Torey writes frankly about how she is, how their interactions go, giving you a real insight to Sheila. Sensitive situations are dealt with candidly but not graphically.
Since this a true account there is no happy ending, things are not tied up in a bow. Torey Hayden stays true to the account and writes it in an interesting manner.
I give this book 4 stars and recommend it with a caution. Some of the children Torey deals with are profoundly disturbed and childhood sexual abuse is discussed.
The Sequel to One Child