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.
©1983 Torey Hayden (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
a really good book. a very sad but interesting book. very well written and narated. i would recommend this book i really felt sorry for kevin it is sad these things go on. i will read more of this author's books.
Torey once again brings the story to life. I listened to the book in one weekend and didn't want to stop. It's a must listen in my opinion. If you like to laugh and then in the next minute be deeply moved, this book is for you. Definitely my book of the year. Buy it now!
"want to meet Kevin"
I want to meet Kevin within the first 10 chapters, by the second section I just want to hug him like a mother would their own son. By the 3rd section I pray he has an amazing life from here on. Such an amazing story
"Powerful, Heartbreaking, Heartwarming"
Hated for it to end. An incredible story about a broken kid & the incredible therapist who patiently & lovingly helped to restore him. Would like to know the rest of his story.
"Great book, not a great narrator."
I loved the book but the narrator sounded very unnatural and wooden. Torey Hayden is an excellent writer, and I recommend all of her books; I only wish the narrator had done a better job. 5 stars for the book, 3 stars for the narration.
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