Beautiful Child by Torey Hayden
From the bestselling author of One Child comes this amazing, true story of a mute and withdrawn seven—year—old girl and the special education teacher determined never to abandon a child in need.
Seven-year-old Venus Fox never spoke, never listened, never even acknowledged the presence of another human being in the room with her. Yet an accidental playground “bump” would release a rage frightening to behold. The school year that followed would be one of the most trying, perplexing, and ultimately rewarding of Torey Hayden’s career, as she struggled to reach a silent child in obvious pain. It would be a strenuous journey beset by seemingly insurmountable obstacles and darkened by truly terrible revelations—yet encouraged by sometimes small, sometimes dazzling breakthroughs—as a dedicated teacher remained committed to helping a “hopeless” girl, and patiently and lovingly leading her toward the light of a new day.
This is about a little seven year old girl named Venus that does not talk. She is up in the author’s special education class. I could relate to this book because I work in a special education class. I really enjoyed the characters. I could relate to all the characters in the book. This book had me laughing, mad, sad, angry, happy, and in tears. Venus’s home life is pure hell and her sister wonder is a very vital character in the story. I wasn’t expecting how the story went. You will enjoy the story but be ready to ride the emotional roller coaster. I have read another book by this author and I know that this was going to be a heartwarming and an emotional story. I recommend this book to whoever has a heart for children. I give this story 5 stars. And I will be reading more by this author.