Throwback Thursday

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Throwback Thursday – this is a weekly event hosted by me! It is the time each week to recognize those older books… an older book you’ve always wanted to read, or one that you have read and love; maybe one from your childhood; or review an older book -- how about even a classic! Leave a comment here and feel free to take an icon and use it on your blog!

This week's throwback is:

One Child and The Tiger's Child by Torey Hayden

From for One Child:

Finally, a beginning...

The time had finally come. The time I had been waiting for through all these long months that I knew sooner or later had to occur. Now it was here.

She had surprised me so much by actually crying that for a moment I did nothing but look at her. Then I gathered her into my arms, hugging her tightly. She clutched onto my shirt so that I could feel the dull pain of her fingers digging into my skin. She cried and cried and cried. I held her and rocked the chair back and on its rear legs, feeling my arms and chest get damp from the tears and her hot breath and the smallness of the room.

From Publishers Weekly via Amazon for The Tiger's Child:
Abandoned by her mother on a highway at age four, abused by her drug-addict father between his prison stints, autistic, electively mute Sheila Renstad at age six broke through her silent rage to communicate, aided by her five-month relationship with special-education teacher Hayden. That experience, recorded in Hayden's One Child, which became a TV movie, is updated in this deeply moving sequel. It picks up with Sheila as a sullen 13-year-old bouncing between juvenile facilities and her father's "care." As Hayden renews her ties to Sheila, first at a clinic, then through informal contacts, the girl's outbursts and foul-mouthed sexual preoccupations betray a desperate craving for a sense of belonging. An inspirational testament to the healing power of love, this authentic tearjerker resonates with drama. There is no storybook ending: Sheila, with an IQ over 180, forgoes college to work for McDonald's; an epilogue finds her 10 years later as a branch manager at McDonald's and an articulate, stable woman.

Torey Hayden has written many books about abused children, and I read a couple of these while I was working on my undergraduate degree in social work. This was a true, heartbreaking but amazing story (the second is a sequel). This was the kind of thing that motivated me to be a social worker.


Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Jenny, these books must go on my list!!

You mentioned the social work background, and my pick for today also echoes that theme. I posted it here on my Web of Tyranny Chronicles blog:

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I am surprised that I have not read these yet. I have worked with so many children who have had such stories that it breaks my heart.

I will have to put this on my TBR list.

sumanam said...

Jenny, sounds like an amazing book, I have to resd this.
My throwback is here:

Lisa said...

I've never heard of these books? They sound tragic but triumphant, you know what I mean? Powerful, powerful stuff.

My Throwback Thurs is here:

bookjourney said...

These look good!

Jenny said...

Laurel -- I went and saw your post... I saw that movie but never did read the book!

Michelle -- Yeah this was an amazing story.

Sumanam -- I def. recommend both!

Lisa -- that is actually the perfect description for them!

Sheila -- they are! I recommend them.

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