Lost Child: The True Story of a Girl Who Couldn’t Ask for Help

Morrow. Sept. 2019. 352p. ISBN 9780062836069. pap. $12.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062836076. PSYCH
Educational psychologist, special education teacher, and novelist Hayden (Overheard in a Dream; One Child) presents a very “Peter and the Wolf”–esque scenario, in which a young foster girl, abandoned by her parents, has difficulty getting the professionals in her life to believe her allegations of sexual abuse when her constant lying and grandstanding get in the way. Hayden manages to reach through the defensiveness to discover the true story behind the girl’s behaviors. At turns horrifying and inspiring, this work doesn’t leave a stone unturned, with Hayden making every effort to get to the root of the issue.
VERDICT Hayden’s works are perennial best sellers, and she always triumphs. Highly recommended.
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