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Summary

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.

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good book

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.

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Wonderful and Moving

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!

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very gripping story

This book is great. it is so easy to listen to and the story line pulls you in and keeps you wanting to listen to more xx

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interesting gripping story throughout

and he started to sound out words making his lips form letter sounds.... h h e he

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really good

as ever, a classic of Torey Haydens amazing true stories! easy to follow, superbly written and a full total story which is a pleasant surprise!

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A nice ending but struggled to stay interested at times and nearly gave up , overall just an okay book

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  • Cherish
  • 14-10-15

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

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  • Karlees123
  • 07-06-20

good but repetitive

I love Torey Hayden but this book was hard for me. she seemed to lengthen the book substantially by drawing out scenes and saying things over and over. still a good story but not favorite.

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  • MountainMom
  • 25-10-18

Incredible

The story was incredible, but very difficult to hear in parts so if you are sensitive you would be better off skipping this book. Though if you're looking to read a Torey Hayden book you're probably not too sensitive for this one. I didn't care for the narrator. Her voice didn't match up to how I imagine Torey's to sound and it is a bit stiff/mechanical at times. I really would have preferred a different narrator, but this was an enthralling tale regardless.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-10-18

I loved it.

I loved Loretta, the way she read it made me not want to put the book down. The story was amazing!!! I love Torey Hayden, her books are amazing. moving on to the next book of hers.

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  • Lace M. Jackson
  • 23-03-18

Enjoyed and Unforgetable

Loved it. It was emotional and unforgetable. I fell inlove by the end of it.

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  • 05-05-17

Murphys boy

story long winded and narrator not good at all very slow in place's and just could not get on with her voice

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  • Beth
  • 16-01-17

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.

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  • LoveCats&Books
  • 12-05-16

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.