• Ghost Girl

  • The True Story of a Child in Peril and the Teacher Who Saved Her
  • By: Torey Hayden
  • Narrated by: Suehyla El'Attar
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (156 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jadie never spoke. She never laughed, or cried, or uttered any sound. Despite efforts to reach her, Jadie remained locked in her own troubled world - until one remarkable teacher persuaded her to break her self-imposed silence. Nothing in all of Torey Hayden's experience could have prepared her for the shock of what Jadie told her - a story too horrendous for Torey's professional colleagues to acknowledge. Yet a little girl was living in a nightmare, and Torey Hayden responded in the only way she knew how - with courage, compassion, and dedication - demonstrating once again the tremendous power of love and the resilience of the human spirit.

©1991 Torey L. Hayden (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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BEST BOOK

This was the best written and performed audible book I've heard this far. I honestly didn't want it to end. Finished it in 2 days. HIGHLY recommend

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Will Not Disappoint

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This was my first Torey Hayden book, I am so glad I read the reviews and bought it. I was not disappointed in fact, I cant wait to get my next Torey Hayden Book. The narrator was one of the best, did a fantastic job with all the different kids.

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Almost speechless!

The narrator was excellent...! She did a wonderful job performing all characters and fascinatingly realistic, especially with the disabled children. The book was enthralling. It is very hard to believe it's a true story. I had to keep looking up the title of the book to remind me because it reads like an on your edge suspense novel by Stephen King. For Torey Hayden to have such a spellbinding experience with this little girl is very gripping.

I had mixed feelings about it as the story got more darker and gruesome as it went along.. Wondering how I'm going to shake it off, but by the complete end...after I listened to the whole epilogue, I was very happy to read a good ending. And, was greatly relieved how Torey closed the book. Oh, and Archy - The Psychologist, at the end of it all, I feel she was just jealous of Torey because Torey was very successful at her first attempt to get Jadie to talk and figured was successfully unlocking the mystery behind why Jadie became a mute in the first place. Torey did Archy's job that she failed to do. However, I didn't like how Torey kept letting Jeremiah cuss insistently without correcting his language and holding him accountable to try to teach him verbal decency. That bothered me a great deal. That's my take on the matter. Overall, I did not regret purchasing this book. I love true stories and this book is riveting to the end. Glad I found it and decided to go for it.

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amazing

I couldn't stop listening to this book keep me drawn on through out the book. the teacher deserves praise and Jadie good for her for trusting Torie and Torie for believe. amazing book

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Excellent!

Excellent book, horrific story, great reader with consistent voices throughout — did well with children’s voices.

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Great story, not great teacher

GHOST GIRL, the fifth book in my Torey Hayden bingeathon is primarily the story of Hayden’s work with Jade, who is has selective mutism (which Hayden refers to as ‘elective mutism’) and is likely a victim of abuse. Jade tells cryptic, wild tales with some details so precise they had to be true. Again, Hayden seems to lack the understanding of her role of mandated reporter and the boundaries between suspecting and investigation.

The sole responsibility of mandated reporter is to notify child protective services when abuse is suspected and/or when signs of abuse surface. We basically say, “Hey, just letting you know this happened, the ball is in your court.” CPS (or whatever initials the bureau uses) and sometimes also the police are solely responsible for the investigative portion of the report, including whether the report warrants investigation. The mandated reporter is not supposed to decide whether to report, nor is she tasked with determining whether evidence exists to prosecute.

Hayden doesn’t understand the boundaries between her role and the next. I get it, I’ve had to make reports both when I suspected abuse and when I heard or saw things that I was pretty sure didn’t rise to the level of actionable next steps. Legally, I still needed to report.

Torey can be a fantastic teacher, bond well with the kids and has the patience of a saint. She isn’t at all vindictive when kids, parents or administrators tread her poorly, not an ounce of passive-aggressiveness.
With Jade Hayden goes to the extreme of driving 4 hours to an occult bookstore to learn about ritual abuse and consult a young Wicca bookstore worker to determine the origin of Jade’s claims (this is in the 80s or 90s pre-internet/google).

As a child psychologist, the details of the accuracy of Jade’s statement shouldn’t have been Torrey’s primary concern, she is not an investigator. Determining whether Jade was experiencing hallucinations part of her role, which Hayden did explore with the woefully overworked school psychologist.

I enjoyed reading GHOST GIRL despite my need to stop in frustration and stew.

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Narrator pronunciation of -ING

I love all of Torey Hayden's books. This one is no exception.

The narrator is pretty good for most of the reading.
I don't like how she pronounced "-ING".
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Great story to the very end

This story teaches a person to follow their instincts. Many times hunches, not matter how strange, are worth pursuing.

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Caution

While I have read and enjoyed several books by Torey Haden, this was the first one where I was left haunted by some of the content. One particular event was mentioned at least twice and I just wasn’t quick enough to pass over the gorey details. Otherwise, this was just as fascinating as her other books. Just brace yourself.

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SO GOOD, I COULDN'T STOP LISTENING!

The narrator was excellent, using different voices to make the characters come to life realistically.

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  • DianeF
  • 03-26-15

Truly excellent

To be fair when talking about ghost girl, I am not sure you can really say that you enjoy reading it, there are so many elements of Jadie's life to that point that make for harrowing reading. However, to someone who works with disturbed children (or, when I first read it, thinks they want to) it's an eye-opener. It's the sort of case you really don't want to ever encounter in your career.

I can fully understand why Torey has gone on to work with the Samaritans and Childline after she left teaching because her knowledge and experience should not be lost. It can't be wasted while her books are there for us to read and learn from.

I mentioned to a colleague that I was reading one of Torey's books and immediately she mentioned this - Ghost Girl as being the one that most captured her, she is training to be a counsellor for emotionally disturbed children, and she also cites Torey as an influence on her career choices.

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  • Zeinab
  • 11-01-14

Shocking and Most Intriguing

What did you like best about Ghost Girl? What did you like least?

The details of this story are almost unbelievable. It kept me hooked till the very last minute. An amazing account of what could happen around us, and how life is sometimes more surprising than fiction!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghost Girl?

When the girl finally opened up to tell what she was suffering from.

What about Suehyla El'Attar’s performance did you like?

It was really good. She gave each character a recognizable voice.

Do you think Ghost Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. It would just be "milking it".

Any additional comments?

Shocking as it may seem, maybe we need to know more about the lives of children who have gone through difficult experiences.

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  • Mrs J Allen
  • 09-23-22

Difficult reading

Brilliant story. Torey is a great writer however this book took a lot of understanding and getting into

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  • Orchid 54
  • 07-24-20

Ghost Girl

Enjoyed the book Torey Hayden writes good books. Narrated well too. Recommend the book 👍

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-10-19

Impressive voice acting

Intriguing, heart wrenching and very truthful account of a young girl in desperate need of help. Beautifully narrated and the story draws you in. One of my favourite audiobooks

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  • Lynn C.
  • 04-12-17

heart breaking story

sad. and terrifying story told with compassion and strength. what a journey. finished it in a day. had to find out end result

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  • Anna-Kerttu
  • 12-29-16

Great book!

This book was mind-boggling, horrifying and fascinating at the same time! The narrator was really good in my opinion. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I listened it almost right through and especially in the end I couldn't stop before it was finished.

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  • Trav
  • 07-18-15

Fantastic

great book, but disappointing ending! have read all Torey heyden books .she's an amazing ,caring, supportive genuine teacher

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  • Mrs A Williams
  • 02-15-15

Good Book

It took me a while to get into this book but once i did i really enjoyed reading it.

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  • Bronwynne
  • 09-14-16

Unsatisfied

This is a well told story: especially more so because it is a true account. What I found frustrating, was that there was no follow up in the epilogue as to Jayde's ensuing years following her removal from her parents' home. Did she have a stable foster home? Did she do well academically and socially?