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Lost child : the true story of a girl who couldn't ask for help / Torey Hayden.

Hayden, Torey L., (author.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library 618.9285 HAY (Text) 33500013181607 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062836069
  • ISBN: 0062836064
  • Physical Description: 326 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY Wiliam Morrow an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published in the United Kingdom in 2019 by Bluebird, an imprint of Pan Macmillan."--verso
Summary, etc.:
From Torey Hayden, the number one Sunday Times bestselling author of One Child comes Lost Girl, a poignant and deeply moving account of a lost little girl and an extraordinary educational psychologist's courage and determination. Jessie is nine years old and looks like the perfect little girl, with red hair, green eyes and a beguiling smile. She even has a talent for drawing gorgeous and intricate pictures. But Jessie also knows how to get her own way and will lie, scream, shout and hurt to get just exactly what she wants. Her parents say they can't take her back, and her social workers struggle to deal with her destructive behaviour and wild mood swings. After her chaotic passage through numerous foster placements, Jessie has finally received a diagnosis of an attachment disorder. Attachment disorders arise when children are deprived of the all-important close bonds with trustworthy adults that allow them to develop emotionally and thrive. Finally educational psychologist Torey Hayden is called in to help. Torey agrees to weekly meetings with Jessie to try and uncover why she is acting out. Torey's gentle care and attention reveal shocking truths behind Jessie's lies. Can Torey and the other social workers help to provide the consistent loving care that has so far been missing in Jessie's life, or will she push them away too?

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 September #1
    "How could a child that never told the truth really make herself heard?" Child psychologist, special education teacher, and writer Hayden (Beautiful Child, 2002) goes to Wales as a volunteer to work with a nine-year-old girl whose parents have sent her to a youth home. Jessie is bright, manipulative, and accused of chronic arson and lying. Hayden, relying on objective observations and hours of interaction, determines that Jessie has an emotional attachment disorder and has been sexually abused. Every session is a battle for power, but they seem to be making progress until Jessie accuses one of the resident psychologists of sexual abuse. The child is sent to a foster home where Hayden continues her weekly visits. In the months that follow, Hayden shows incredible patience while Jessie taunts, screams, clams up, and lies. Through it all, Hayden is non-reactive and steady as she sifts through the stories, meets with the parents, and consults fellow psychologists. Gradually, the truth finally emerges. This is a fascinating study of a dedicated psychologist's determination to save a child obscured by her own behavior. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Attachment disorder in children.
Attachment disorder in children > Treatment > Case studies.
Attachment disorder in children.
Attachment disorder in children > Treatment.
Genre: Case studies.

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