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Murphy's Boy by Torey Hayden
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Murphy's Boy (original 1983; edition 2002)

by Torey Hayden

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Title:Murphy's Boy
Authors:Torey Hayden
Info:Avon (2002), Edition: Reissue, Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:read before 2005, books I do not own, Amy's, favorite authors, favorite books, true story

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Murphy's Boy: He Was a Frightened Boy Who Refused to Speak Until a Teacher's Love Broke Through the Silence by Torey L. Hayden (1983)

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Another good read by Torey Hayden. I would love to know how Kevin is doing now. Liked this book a bit better than Twiligth Children ( )
  Marlene-NL | Apr 12, 2013 |
Another wonderful book by this author, providing even more insight into a world that so few people even realize exists. This book is about Torey's time with a teenager named Kevin, a teenager who hid under tables and refused to speak and was labeled hopeless by countless doctors. She was able to get through to him, though, and after those first few barriers were broken Kevin was able to take steps, largely on his own, to help himself. Some horrible events and frustrating setbacks and going through so many months where there seemed to be no change at all, but she didn't give up, and.... wow. Once again I cried at the end of this book, but for once it wasn't out of frustration, but happiness. ( )
  Heather19 | Jan 30, 2009 |
Silent Boy is about Torey's difficult relationship with a young teen boy told through her eyes. I thought the ending was brilliant, which you can't say about alot of books.
A great read overall and one of my favourite books by Torey Hayden. ( )
  LittleWish | Jan 4, 2009 |
This book has a different setting than her other books. It shows in detail her work with an elective mute, and how he changed with Torey's help
  mtgirl | Mar 28, 2008 |
This story has a major bump in it- when Kevin attempts to rape Torey and the case is taken away from her. His attempt is upsetting, but taking the case away is equally so. If she wasn't able to reconnect with him, as she later does than Torey, Kevin, and the readers would all feel unresolved. Luckily she does, and we have the privaledge of watching Kevin grow and find his place. It's one more reminder that we must never leave things unresolved after conflict. ( )
  the1butterfly | Mar 17, 2007 |
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To S.K.
for teaching me to cherish the brutal privilege of being human

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Zoo boy. The legs of the table were his cage.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0380652277, Mass Market Paperback)

His name was Kevin but his keepers called him Zoo Boy. He didn't talk. He hid under tables and surrounded himself with a cage of chairs. He hadn't been out of the building in the four years since he'd come in. He was afraid of water and wouldn't take a shower. He was afraid to be naked, to change his clothes. He was nearly 16.

Desperate to see change in the boy, the staff of Kevin's adolescent treatment center hired Hayden. As Hayden read to him and encouraged him to read, crawling down into his cage of chairs with him, Kevin talked. Then he started to draw and paint and showed himself to have a quick wit and a rolling, seething, murderous hatred for his stepfather.

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The dramatic and moving true story of a fifteen-year-old boy who refused to speak-- until the miracle of love penetrated his miserable silence. His name was Kevin but his keepers called him Zoo Boy. He didn't talk. He hid under tables and surrounded himself with a cage of chairs. He hadn't been out of the building in the four years since he'd come in. He was afraid of water and wouldn't take a shower. He was afraid to be naked, to change his clothes. He was nearly 16. Desperate to see change in the boy, the staff of Kevin's adolescent treatment center hired Hayden. As Hayden read to him and encouraged him to read, crawling down into his cage of chairs with him, Kevin talked. Then he started to draw and paint and showed himself to have a quick wit and a rolling, seething, murderous hatred for his stepfather.… (more)

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