Torey Hayden

Victoria Lynn Hayden, known as Torey L. Hayden (born May 21, 1951 in Livingston, Montana, U.S.), is a child psychologist, special education teacher, university lecturer and writer of non-fiction books based on her real-life experiences with teaching and counselling children with special needs.

Subjects covered in her books include autism, Tourette syndrome, sexual abuse, fetal alcohol syndrome, and elective mutism (now called selective mutism), her specialty.

Hayden attended high school in Billings, MT and graduated in 1969. She then attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA.

A little time after having written her most famous book One Child, Hayden moved to Wales in 1980 and got married to a Scot called Ken two years later. In 1985, she gave birth to her daughter Sheena. Hayden is now divorced.

She has also written three books of fiction in addition to her non-fiction books (see below).


  • One Child (1980)
  • Somebody Else’s Kids (1981)
  • Murphy’s Boy (1983)
  • The Sunflower Forest (fiction, 1984)
  • Just Another Kid (1988)
  • Ghost Girl (1991)
  • The Tiger’s Child (1995)
  • The Mechanical Cat (fiction, 1999)
    • (not published in English but in Swedish, Italian, Finnish, Japanese, and Indonesian)
  • Beautiful Child (2002)
  • The Very Worst Thing (fiction, 2003)
  • Twilight Children (2005)
  • Silent Boy (British title for Murphy's Boy)
  • Overheard In A Dream (English title for The Mechanical Cat)

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