The Tiger's ChildBook - 1995
Since then Hayden has gone on to write books about many of her students, but her fans continue to ask her, "What happened to Sheila?" "The Tiger's Child" is her response. Here Hayden tells how Sheila, now a young woman, finally came to terms with her nightmare childhood.
When Hayden was working on "One Child, " she showed the manuscript to Sheila, then a teenager, and was astonished to find that Sheilaremembered almost nothing of her troubled younger years. She had no recollection of her many clashes with her teacher as Hayden tried to break through her emotional pain. And although Hayden had managed to get Sheila to communicate and become an active and lively child, Sheila's home life was still very troubled. Her father had been sent to prison when she was eight and Sheila had run away from a series of foster homes until finally she was placed in a children's home.