Welcome to my stop on the Lost Child blog tour sponsored by TLC Book Tours! Thanks to TLC for the invitation!
Torey Hayden is an educational psychologist who works with children, and this story is about one child she met during her work.
Jessie is nine years old. She’s talented with art, especially drawing. She’s also known to throw tantrums, severe ones, including arson, when she doesn’t get what she wants.
Her parents no longer want custody of her, and the social workers caring for her have difficulty with her behavior. Jessie goes from foster home to foster home until she is finally diagnosed with attachment disorder. It was determined that she never formed a secure bond with an adult, and this is what was causing all her behaviors.
Torey Hayden is asked to help her as a volunteer. Living in Wales now instead of the US, Torey can no longer work in the same capacity with children as she has been trained to do. In just one hour a week spent with Jessie, she is able to connect with her.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and learning more about Jessie. Apparently, Torey Hayden is well known for these types of books, especially from when she worked as a special education teacher, and I am definitely interested in reading more stories from her.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About Lost Child
• Paperback: 352 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 24, 2019)
The first new book from beloved therapist and writer Torey Hayden in almost fifteen years—an inspiring, uplifting tale of a troubled child and the remarkable woman who made a difference.
In a forgotten corner of Wales, a young girl languishes in a home for troubled children. Abandoned by her parents because of her violent streak, Jessie—at the age of ten—is at risk of becoming just another lost soul in the foster system.
Precocious and bold, Jessie is convinced she is possessed by the devil and utterly unprepared for the arrival of therapist Torey Hayden. Armed with patience, compassion, and unconditional love, Hayden begins working with Jessie once a week. But when Jessie makes a stunning accusation against one of Hayden’s colleagues – a man Hayden implicitly trusts – Hayden’s work doubles: now she must not only get to the root of Jessie’s troubles, but also find out if what the girl alleges is true.
A moving, compelling, and inspiring account, Lost Child is a powerful testament once again of Torey Hayden’s extraordinary ability to reach children who many have given up on—and a reminder of how patience and love can ultimately prevail.
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About Torey Hayden
Born in Montana, USA, Torey Hayden has spent most of her adult life working with children in distress. Now living in Great Britain, she divides her time between writing and volunteer work with several British charities. Torey is author of numerous internationally best-selling books about her experiences as a special education teacher and therapist. She has also written two novels and two children’s books.