From the author of Sunday Times bestsellers One Child and Ghost Girl comes a heartbreaking story of a boy trapped in silence and the teacher who rescued him. When special education teacher Torey Hayden first met fifteen-year-old Kevin, he was barricaded under a table. Desperately afraid of the world around him, he hadn't spoken a word in eight years. He was considered hopeless, incurable. But Hayden refused to believe it, though she realised it might well take a miracle to break through the walls he had built around himself. With unwavering devotion and gentle, patient love, she set out to free him -- and slowly uncovered a shocking violent history and a terrible secret that an unfeeling bureaucracy had simply filed away and forgotten. Torey refused to give up on this tragic "lost case." For a trapped and frightened boy desperately needed her help -- and she knew in her heart she could not rest easy until she had rescued him from the darkness. Key title / Torey Hayden has sold over 1.5 million TCM books in the UK alone, with worldwide sales exceeding 25 million. Her books have been translated into 28 languages. / 'One Child' spent an amazing 27 weeks in the Sunday Times bestseller Top 10 with sales to date exceeding 400,000. 'Ghost Girl' held the number one spot for two weeks in March/April 2006 with sales to date of 300,000, and 'The Tiger's Child' was a No. 1 with sales to date exceeding 220,000. / Torey is a spokesperson for the NSPCC. She is also a former President of North Wales ChildLine, has worked as a counsellor with the Samaritans and now works extensively with the Citizen's Advice Bureau. / This publication will be supported by online activity -- Torey has an extensive fan base and will be actively promoting the book on her website and Myspace page. / Torey's backlist is due to be repackaged to coincide with the paperback publication of Silent Boy.
Torey Hayden is an educational psychologist and a special education teacher who, since 1979, has chronicled her struggles in the classroom in a succession of bestselling books. She currently lives and writes in North Wales. Find her on MySpace at www.myspace.com/torey_hayden
"Torey Hayden deserves the kind of respect I can't give many people. She isn't valuable, she's incredible. The world needs more like Torey Hayden." Boston Globe "A story rich in reasons for hope." Publisher's Weekly "A skilful storyteller! Torey Hayden writes vividly about the challenges and frustrations of working with disturbed children." Washington Post Book World