One Child is a true story about a girl named Sheila who had an alcoholic father who abused her. She was placed in a classroom for people with behavior problems. All of her previous teachers thought that she was lost, that no one could reach her, until her teacher Torey Haden (the author) reached out and cared for her. This book may give you many emotions, but you will find this book very touching.
Torey is a teacher for children with behavior problems. She had nine children, and one assistant named Anton, he had not wanted the job, but the people at welfare told him he had to take the job. There were some children with some very serious problems. There was a beautiful child with long blonde hair, she looked almost perfect, and her name was Susannah Joy. She was a child schizophrenic, she hallucinated, and she heard voices. There was Taylor, who was a suicidal child, she had drunk toilet cleanser, and it had eaten away at her esophagus. There were other children with other very serious problems. They had problems adjusting at first, but as the time went on, they became a real class.
It seemed to good to be true, when the principal told them that they were going to have another student named Sheila. Earlier Torey had read about this child, she had taken a three year old boy, tied him to a tree, and burned him. He survived, but he was in critical condition. Sheila was going to be taken to the state hospital for psychological treatment, but they had to wait for an opening. Until then, she had to go to school. When Torey found out she was going to be in her class, she didnt know what to expect. She was a very wild child. She had terrible tantrums; she would destroy every thing in her way. Until one day, she ran into a corner, and she was terrified. Torey talked to her. The reason she was such a bad child was because her mother had abandoned her on the side of the street. Torey told her, that she didnt whip kids, and she had had nothing to worry about. After that, Sheila and Torey became friends, after every fight, or bad thing that happened to Sheila seemed to make their relationship even stronger.
This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. It gives you an appreciation of life and love. It is a sad, happy and at times will make you angry, but whatever feelings you have about it, in the end you will have found it very touching.