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She is a 14-year-old girl who had an obsessive, psychotic crush on Luke Ross. In "Creepy Connie Comes a Callin'", her debut episode, she is his math tutor. Jessie has no clue how creepy Connie can be. Connie wrongly accuses Jessie and Luke of being a couple. Soon Jessie finds out who she really is, and when Connie breaks into the Ross house dressed as a dementor from Harry Potter, everyone realizes that she's a psycho, except for Luke who knew it all along. In "Creepy Connie's Curtain Call", she tried out for Jessie's play, and got cast as a tumbleweed. Because the female lead got to kiss Luke, she got rid of all the other female leads so she could have it and kiss Luke. In the end, she reveals the reason she obsesses over Luke is because she doesn't think any guy will be into her. Then Ravi says he'd be happy to have any girl (including Connie) as a girlfriend, and they hit it off.
Episode appearances [ ]
- "Creepy Connie Comes a Callin'" (Debut)
- "Creepy Connie's Curtain Call"
- "Quitting Cold Koala" (Mentioned)
- "Creepy Connie 3: The Creepening" (Final appearance)
- Connie is a huge fan of Harry Potter . She even owns a Voldemort plush.
- Connie has a knife collection, as said when Connie needs to fulfill the task of making a wand for Luke for the Harry Potter themed party.
- She has broken and entered the Ross house in the middle of the night to steal Luke's stuffed koala bear.
- She believes that if you really love someone, you can look past any flaws.
- Connie likes to take pictures of Luke and video-tape him in ass.
- She, ironically, saves Luke's life at the beginning of "Creepy Connie's Curtain Call", but almost kills him with a flamethrower later in the episode.
- She is dating Ravi as of the end of "Creepy Connie's Curtain Call".
- Connie may or may not care for acting as she was just trying to kiss Luke.
- She has the strength of a python, according to Ravi.
- She wanted Luke in Creepy Connie's Curtain Call.
- She had an obsessive crush on Luke, but he didn't return any of her feelings towards him.
- Ravi has a crush on her.
- How did she get a flamethrower?
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The Ghostest With the Mostest (Jessie)
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The Ghostest With the Mostest is the Halloween episode of Jessie that debuted on Disney Channel on October 2, 2015 as part of Disney Channel's "Monstober Spooktacular" crossover event.
When Jessie makes the Ross kids bring Stuart along for trick-or-treat he tells them a haunting story about Abigail, a ghost who is out to get them. One by one, the kids mysteriously disappear. Then, Jessie attends a masquerade party and meets a mysterious boy who she falls for.
- 1 List of Halloween television episodes
- 2 Haunted House Party!
- 3 Spooky Scary Skeletons
Ep 18. The Ghostest With the Mostest
- October 2, 2015
Jessie is a humorous show that follows the story of a young girl from Texas who moves to New York City to follow her dreams. The hit Disney Channel series is back for its fourth season, and episode 18 is titled The Ghostest With the Mostest.
In this episode, Jessie and the Ross kids are having a Halloween party in the penthouse. However, Luke, Ravi, and Zuri are worried that the penthouse may be haunted by a ghost named Abigail who is said to haunt the building on Halloween.
In order to calm the kids' fears, Jessie decides to tell them a scary story about a young girl named Abigail who died in the building on Halloween. However, things take a spooky turn when strange things start happening around the penthouse, and it seems as though Abigail's ghost may have come back to haunt the Ross family.
Meanwhile, Bertram tries to convince the children to go trick-or-treating with him, but they are too scared to leave the penthouse. Bertram finally convinces them to go, but they quickly regret their decision when they encounter a group of bullies who steal their candy.
As the night goes on, the ghostly occurrences in the penthouse continue, and Jessie begins to suspect that someone is playing a prank on them. Determined to get to the bottom of things, she sets out to catch the culprit, but things take an unexpected turn when she discovers that Abigail's ghost may be real after all.
With the help of her friends, Jessie must find a way to rid the penthouse of the ghostly presence before it's too late. But can they succeed, or will they be doomed to spend Halloween night in a haunted penthouse?
The Ghostest With the Mostest is a fun-filled episode full of spooky thrills and laughs. It's the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit and is sure to entertain viewers of all ages.
- Genres Comedy
- Cast Austin North Sarah Gilman Josie Totah Chris Galya
- Channel Disney
- First Aired October 2, 2015
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Jessie Prescott is the titular main protagonist of Jessie .
She's sweet, caring, smart, friendly, and polite who can say silly things at times, but she still cares about her charges. Jessie doesn't make sense sometimes but is still a fun person to be around. She considers herself a struggling actress when she hasn't really acted at all. She loves Luke Ross , Emma Ross , Zuri Ross and Ravi Ross like they are her own family.
Jessie was portrayed by Debby Ryan .
- 2 Personality
- 3 Description
- 4.1 Emma Ross
- 4.2 Luke Ross
- 4.3 Ravi Ross
- 4.4 Zuri Ross
- 4.5 Bertram Winkle
- 4.6 Tony Chiccolini
- 4.7 Brooks Wentworth
- 7 Etymology
- 10 References
History [ ]
Jessie's arrival in New York.
Jessie was born & raised in San Antonio which is in the city of Killeen, Texas. Her dad's in the Marine Corps and she often describes him as being strict but soft. Jessie attended military boarding school from ages 6 to 18.
When she was 18, Jessie got a sudden desire to follow her dreams and moved to New York City as she believed that the place was where dreams came true. She'd told her father that she "had a great job", but actually had no idea where she was going to work. While in a taxi, Jessie realized that her wallet was missing and she had no money. This led to her being thrown out of the cab, right outside an apartment building. She was unexpectedly given a job as a nanny after one of the kids, Zuri Ross , saw her out on the street. She denied, but she was hired anyway. She then moved into Ross Manor where she meets the other kids:
- Emma Ross , a bubbly 13-year-old who tries to reshape the world.
- Ravi Ross , a 10-year-old Indian adoptee who’s imbued with his Indian culture, but he’s thrilled about being in the US.
- Luke Ross , the 12-year-old American adoptee who’s very mischievous and loves to play video games.
She also meets her co-workers:
- Tony Chiccolini , the 20-year-old doorman.
- Bertram Winkle , the cranky butler who cooks and cleans but can also be lazy at points in his job. He also doesn't like being a butler.
Personality [ ]
Jessie is a very warm-hearted, friendly, kind and fun young woman to be around, but she’s sometimes rather clumsy. She’s always willing to help others, especially the Ross Kids, and tries her best to achieve goals. Even though she can get extremely jealous and annoyed at times, Jessie does her best to make things right at the end. She’s somewhat naive and almost never moody. She describes her romantic life to be very embarrassing and sad and states that she has never been on a date where something hasn't gone wrong. She has a fear of Port-a-Potties, but she gets over it in A Doll's Outhouse . In Star Wars it’s revealed she dislikes rats. Jessie is an idealistic, optimistic, well-rounded starry-eyed teen who does her best to aim high. She was a straight A student and Class of 2011 high school graduate in school. Not only that, but she has a squeaky clean record. She knows how to fly a helicopter and loves music. Despite being friendly, she can be aggressive and threatening, when others push her to her limits. Despite this, she nearly always does the right thing. She loves the children a lot and is always supporting them during their hardest. She encourages them to do their best, and provides them with guidance, as is seen in many episodes. This shows her positive character. Jessie's cousin Bailey has the exact same personality as her.
Description [ ]
Jessie has fair skin, long light auburn hair, and hazel eyes. In early Season 2, she has bangs and darker hair. She has a square, plump face and full lips. She has a curvy body. She usually curls her medium-length hair but also can be seen with straight hair in some episodes. She also has a firm, strong, and powerful build. Her outfits are always colorful, and she wears both dresses and blouses, jeans, tights, etc. Jessie's most worn type of footwear appears to be boots and sandals, and she is very rarely seen wearing sneakers. She’s known to be very pretty. In most episodes, she’s always wearing high heels.
Relationships [ ]
Emma ross [ ].
Emma and Jessie seeing Jordan Taylor for the first time.
(Season 1-4; Client, Best friends)
Emma and Jessie are good friends who tell each other everything. Emma sometimes calls Jessie ugly and says she has a bad taste in fashion but loves her and she becomes mean to her back. (See Jemma )
Luke Ross [ ]
While Jessie takes no romantic interest in Luke whatsoever, throughout the first season Luke is constantly trying to ask her out and flirt with her. During the second season, Luke seems to understand that she isn’t interested, but every now and then tries to flirt with her. While they don’t have a romantic relationship, they are both friendly to each other. However, in Diary Of A Mad Newswoman , it can be noticed she’s more interested in his crush on her than she is in other episodes. (See Lessie )
Ravi Ross [ ]
Since Ravi is usually picked on by the other kids (Luke is usually the ringleader), Jessie sticks up for him and solves the problem it is shown that Jessie cares for Ravi very much and loves him very much and are good friends. (See Javi )
Zuri Ross [ ]
She and Jessie have a very close sisterly-like relationship. Jessie gets worried whenever Zuri talks to her imaginary friends too much or doesn't do her homework at all, but Zuri still listens to her... eventually. Jessie always has her back whenever she gets bullied. For instance, in the World Wide Web of Lies , Jessie defends Zuri when she gets harassed by Agatha and Axel. At other times, Jessie tries to get Zuri to listen to her, but almost every attempt fails, like in Badfellas , Zuri refuses to leave her tree, Branchy, in Central Park , no matter how many times Jessie forced her to do so. Also, Jessie was the only one to find out about Zuri's amazing chess skills. Overall, they have a wonderful friendship. (See Zessie )
Bertram Winkle [ ]
(Season 1-4; Co-Worker, Best friends)
Jessie often comes to Bertram for advice regarding helping the kids out with their problems. Bertram usually gives her answers that involve being lazy, but they give Jessie good ideas. While Bertram shows himself to not want Jessie around, he thinks of her as family, and he truly does care about her as a friend and is even willing to walk her down the aisle posing for her father on her wedding day ( There Goes the Bride ). (See Bessie )
Tony Chiccolini [ ]
(Season 1-4; Close Friends; Boyfriend, Still In Love With)
They meet in the pilot episode when Jessie first becomes the nanny to the Ross kids. In the third episode, Tony asks Jessie out on a date. Jessie doesn't want to date anyone she works with because she worries about the awkwardness there would be if they were to break up. Tony tries to kiss her but she avoids him. Soon afterward though, she realizes she has feelings for him and they begin dating later in the season. They have their first kiss in the episode Tempest in a Teacup . In Break-Up and Shape-Up , they decide to break up but remain close friends. They also admit they will always love each other. They still get along really well together after initial awkwardness right after breaking up. Tony still has feelings for her. They got back together in The Ghostest With the Mostest . (See Tessie )
Brooks Wentworth [ ]
(Season 3-4; Ex-Fiancé)
They first met in the first part of the Season 3 finale " Between the Swoon & New York City ". They started dating in that episode and, soon after, got engaged. They broke up in the final part of the finale " There Goes the Bride " because she wasn't ready to share her life with someone else. In the Season 4 episode, But Africa Is So... Fari! , Jessie is convinced that Brooks isn't over her. The kids take her to Africa because they think she isn't over him. There, they learn that Brooks actually has a girlfriend Kami and is completely over Jessie. Kami and Brooks even have an inside joke about Jessie. (See Bressie )
In "Jessie Goes To Hollywood", she finally gets her big break as an actress, thereby leaving New York and her charges to go to Hollywood. Her career and further relationship with the Ross kids are unknown, as well as the relationship between Tony and Jessie.
Jessie Prescott used to work as a nanny to a rich family. She moved to New York City in the first episode after already telling her father she had a job. She didn't however and she soon meets the seven-year-old Zuri Ross. Zuri then brings her into her penthouse and asks her to be her and her siblings' nanny. After much consideration, and approval from Mr. and Mrs. Ross, Jessie accepts the position. Every now and then Jessie gets into trouble and worries if she might lose her job but the Ross parents know she tries her best and loves the children very much. Jessie's dream job is to be an actress. She has tried getting multiple jobs in anything from commercials to plays, to TV shows, but usually these end in disaster. In Jessie's Big Break , she made friends with a famous actress, Shaylee Michaels and got a job as a stuntwoman even though she wasn't technically registered as one. Jessie finally got her big break, when she gets to be a lead on a new tv series about a superhero and gets to become a nanny to children as a cover in the series finale.
Etymology [ ]
- Jessie's hair color changes every season, the only character to do so, getting brighter every season. At the series' premiere season, her hair is dyed a very dark red. In the second season , her hair gets redder and brighter (Bright Maroon). In the third season , her hair gets even brighter; she develops an orange tone (Light Auburn). In season 4 her hair gets straighter and shorter. The color remains almost the same, only gaining a blonder tone (Blond Auburn).
- Jessie's name was supposed to be Marlo O'Keefe then it changed to Jessie O'Keefe before it got changed again to Jessie Prescott.
- Jessie knows how to fly and land a plane and a helicopter.
- Jessie can sing and play the guitar as well.
- Her birthday is October 13, which was revealed in The Runaway Bride of Frankenstein .
- Jessie had a hamster named Captain Nibbles that could sniff out landmines, but according to her, he wasn't very good. As she says, "Rest in Peace, Captain Nibbles." referencing that the hamster has died after getting blown up by a landmine.
- Jessie, Luke Ross , Ravi Ross and Zuri Ross are the only characters to appear in every episode.
- Jessie was a huge tattletale growing up.
- Jessie has a diary that she writes in.
- Jessie has a freckle on her right cheek.
- Jessie once broke curfew and her dad took away her tank privileges.
- Jessie eats ice cream and listens to Adele songs when she's sad.
- Jessie sometimes talks to her first dog, Champ ( Zuri's New Old Friend ).
- Jessie had a bowl of sea monkeys that got killed by a very thirsty cat. ( Romancing the Crone )
- Jessie's mother died when she was younger ( G.I. Jessie ).
- Jessie learned how to speak Hindi from Ravi ( G.I. Jessie ).
- Jessie loves the show Hip-Hop Exterminator . ( Cattle Calls & Scary Walls )
- During Jessie's senior prom night, her date dumped her for the entire drill team.
- Jessie claimed she was the captain of a drill team in high school but actually she was the equipment manager ( Throw Momma From the Terrace ) ( Rossed at Sea Part 3 )
- Jessie sometimes wears Emma Ross 's shoes.
- Jessie is secretly obsessed with boy bands ( Make New Friends But Hide the Old ).
- Jessie is banned from the state, Oklahoma.
- Jessie is a universal blood donor. She’s most likely to have the blood type, 'O Negative'. ( New York, New Nanny ).
- Jessie has a clean permanent record, not including the time in third grade when she went to the bathroom without a hall pass ( New York, New Nanny ).
- Jessie was an Armadillo Scout when she was younger ( We Don't Need No Stinkin' Badges ).
- Jessie loves R.V's. ( Glue Dunnit: A Sticky Situation ).
- Jessie's high school nemesis was Jenna Glowinkie, as shown in ( Kids Don't Wanna Be Shunned ).
- Jessie loves riddles ( Quitting Cold Koala ).
- To Jessie, bologna is easily the world's best-processed meat product ( Why Do Foils Fall In Love? ).
- In Jessie's last high school yearbook, she was voted 'Class Clownfish' and 'Most Likely To Grow A Barnacle' ( Tempest in a Teacup ).
- Jessie once got trapped inside of a meat locker.
- Jessie father always wished she was a boy until she overcame the last hurdle of the obstacle course ( Throw Momma From the Terrace ).
- Jessie watches a knitting show ( Diary Of A Mad Newswoman ).
- Jessie had a fear of port-a-potties ( A Doll's Outhouse ).
- Jessie owns a copy of the book Twilight by Stephenie Meyer ( Zuri's New Old Friend ).
- Jessie was a straight-A student ( New York, New Nanny ).
- Jessie once lost a kid to an ostrich before she met the Ross family ( We Don't Need No Stinkin' Badges ).
- Jessie's phone is dark blue ( The Trouble With Tessie ).
- Jessie had to eat with the cafeteria ladies in high school due to her very low popularity similarly to Ravi ( G.I. Jessie ).
- Jessie's mom used to drive her to school in a tank, according to her it scared the others. ( G.I. Jessie ).
- Jessie believes that running away never solves anything ( G.I. Jessie ).
- Jessie was once pushed into a well by Darla . ( G.I. Jessie )
- Jessie can play the bugle. ( G.I. Jessie )
- Jessie knows how to sharp-shoot. ( Badfellas )
- Jessie's mother always told her to follow her dreams. ( G.I. Jessie )
- Jessie thinks that she would look good as a blonde which is ironic because of Debby Ryan, the person who plays her, is a natural brunette but it lightened to blonde which was her hair color before she started Jessie. ( Punch Dumped Love ).
- According to Darla Shannon , Jessie was very unpopular in high school ( G.I. Jessie ).
- Jessie was bullied in high school ( Kids Don't Wanna Be Shunned ).
- Jessie once got a call-back for a foot fungus commercial ( G.I. Jessie ).
- Jessie thinks that squirrels are adorable ( One Day Wonders ).
- Jessie loves the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail . ( Green-Eyed Monsters )
- Jessie helped a Texas Longhorn give birth and earned a merit badge. ( Green-Eyed Monsters )
- Jessie always wanted to be a ringtone. ( One Day Wonders )
- Jessie won second place in her middle school talent show. ( One Day Wonders )
- Jessie knows Morse Code. ( Panic Attack Room )
- Jessie likes whipped cream. ( Panic Attack Room )
- When Jessie was in prison briefly, she became friends with Quisha. When Jessie was freed she gave Quisha her bracelet.
- Jessie takes Emma to dance class in a helicopter. ( Panic Attack Room )
- During the show's development, Jessie's character was cut. Then, it was planned to be the 17-year-old Ross sister named Angel. Later, the character was reshaped again made into what we know as Jessie today.
- Jessie wrote a one-woman show entitled 'The Girl Who Was Too Pretty To Get Asked To The Dance'. ( Caught Purple Handed )
- Jessie almost starred in a commercial for a kitchen appliance called a Kitchen Dragon, until the people who wanted her to be in the commercial caught her with purple hands. ( Caught Purple Handed )
- A gingerbread house Jessie made that wasn't up to code and fell on the gingerbread family and it haunts her. ( Christmas Story )
- Jessie can't dance ( Krumping and Crushing ).
- Jessie is very ticklish ( Caught Purple Handed ).
- There’s a marble wedged in one of Jessie's ears, put in there by her school's librarian ( Morning Rush ).
- Jessie dyes her hair in the third season to bright red.
- Chinese food is Jessie's favorite food. ( Between the Swoon and New York City )
- Jessie is gymnastically inclined. ( Zombie Tea Party 5 )
- Jessie's favorite song is Stay by Rihanna.
- Jessie dreams of being a famous actress.
- Jessie feels like she’s 40 and is a single mom with her 4 kids, instead of a nanny taking care of children.
- Jessie says her mother's womb wasn't any better than her life because her mom ate a lot of Jalapeños.
- Jessie's dad got her a necklace in Italy.
- Jessie is afraid of porta-pottys. ( A Doll's Outhouse )
- Jessie is a fan of the Twilight Saga , considering she has the books, she’s on Team Jacob and is a fan of Taylor Lautner. ( The Whining )
- Jessie finally got her big break in the series finale, when she got to be a leader in a TV series where she’s a secret agent and moonlights as a nanny to a couple of kids as a cover.
- Jessie appeared in the "Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors" episode, Halloween Night of Museum along with Emma , Ravi , Zuri , Luke and Mrs. Kipling .
- Jessie is the first Disney Channel protagonist to experience marriage and the first to be in their 20s.
- Jessie is the only main character who didn’t appear in Bunk'd .
- Jessie has many similarities to Lou Hockhauser from Bunk'd.
- If her full name is Jessica Marie Prescott, she shares a first name-middle name combination with Jessica Marie Garcia who plays Willow on Liv and Maddie .
- Jessie's last name is a reference to Col. William Prescott, who was a prominent rebel military commander during the American Revolution. This would be befitting of her military background.
- Jessie is similar to Emma Tutweiller on The Suite Life on Deck who is bad at relationships. She always ended up getting dumped by every guy. Jessie and Emma both take care of kids and Emma owns a lot of cats and Jessie lives with a lizard named Mrs. Kipling.
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- Non Fiction
In writing GHOST GIRL the issue Torey wanted to address specifically was the difficulty professionals have in interpreting maladjusted behavior. At the time of writing GHOST GIRL , she was concerned at the number of people jumping on the various “bandwagons”, such as satanic and ritual abuse, multiple personality disorder, and such and wanted to show just how hard it can be from the professional’s standpoint to determine what exactly is happening – and how easy it is to allow personal bias to affect diagnoses.
GHOST GIRL was Torey’s first book to upset publishers and to be returned for re-writing. They disliked the unclear ending. As it is a true story and not fiction, Torey found it difficult to come up with a more suitable ending. The issue was resolved by including a lengthy epilogue which had to be rewritten fifteen times before it was accepted.
GHOST GIRL went on to become Torey’s second most popular book after ONE CHILD . It reached the best seller list in five countries.
Torey still is not certain what really happened to Jadie .
Meet The Author
The Invisible Girl
In foster care after having experienced violence, neglect and sexual abuse as a young child, Eloise, age 14, has created a fantasy companion for herself, leading to confusion for the social workers trying to help her, because they do not know what is fact and what is fiction.
Then Eloise develops a troubling obsession with another teen. In a mistaken belief Torey Hayden can help reunite her with this girl, she agrees to work with Torey, who is challenged to meet Eloise’s complex behavioural needs.
In a forgotten corner of Wales, a young girl languishes in a home for troubled children. Abandoned by her parents, Jessie, aged nine, is at risk of becoming just another lost soul in the foster system. Precocious and bold and convinced she is possessed by the Devil, Jessie is utterly unprepared for the arrival of Torey Hayden. Armed with patience and compassion, Hayden begins working with Jessie, and then Jessie makes a stunning accusation against one of Hayden’s colleagues. Hayden’s work doubles. Now she must not only help Jessie with her troubles but also find out if what the girl alleges is true.
Ziji | and the Very Scarey Man
This book, written by renowned meditation master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and educational psychologist Torey Hayden shows young children how following our breath can calm us down—and how practicing compassion shows us that even Very Scary Men can be frightened sometimes too.
A detailed appendix at the end of the book gives further guidance for parents and teachers.
“The thing you got to understand about foxes,” Dixie said, “is that they’re innocent of what they’re doing. They got no idea they’re destroying what they love most.”
Abundance, Montana, once a lively mining town in the days of the wild west, is now not much more than a ghost town. Local girl, Dixie, a struggling single mother who has just lost her baby, tries to make ends meet while her feckless boyfriend Billy drifts from one job to another, always believing his next moneymaking scheme will be the winner.
Above them in the magnificent mountains surrounding Abundance, jaded Hollywood actor Spencer Scott conceals himself from the paparazzi on the ranch that has been his pristine sanctuary until the arrival of his obnoxious, nine-year-old son.
Then Billy puts into motion a plan almost too appalling to contemplate, and from which there is no escape. As all four are forced to confront the brutal reality of the Montana mountains, so too are they forced to face their damaged lives in this moving new novel of loss and redemption from bestselling author Torey Hayden.
Teaching Children who are Hard to Reach
Ziji | The Puppy Who Learned to Meditate
A very special book for children aged 4 to 8 written by Torey and Tibetan lama and meditation master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche which, along with the story of Ziji’s adventures, includes an appendix for parents and teachers with suggestions for using meditation with young children.
Ziji is a noisy, bouncy puppy who lives with the Anderson family – Mom, Dad, Jenny and Baby Jack.
He loves to bark and play and – most of all –chase pigeons in the park.
Then one day Ziji sees the new boy from Jenny’s school, Nico, sitting in the park. What is Nico doing? Why does he look so calm and happy? Ziji can’t wait to find out.
As a new teacher in a small Midwestern town, Torey meets eight-year-old Jadie, a child so wounded by the events in her life that she believes she is a ghost.
A fragile, delicately balanced relationship builds between the two, but the more Torey struggles to unlock the mystery of Jadie’s pain, the more frightening Jadie’s story becomes. The things she says to Torey, whether obscure or shockingly clear, amount to a series of clues in a real-life detective story tinged with fear and fantasy. The more Torey learns, the more convoluted the puzzle of Jadie’s life outside school becomes.
The child’s preoccupation with strange symbols and perverted sex acts seems to point to an interpretation even Torey is unwilling to acknowledge. Is it possible that Jadie is a victim of ritual abuse? Or appalling sexual abuse? Or the tortured imaginings of a seriously disturbed child?
With her inimitable blend of compassion, insight and masterful storytelling, Torey Hayden once more shows us the power of love and the resilience of the human spirit. Narrated with honesty and humanity, GHOST GIRL is both an insightful account of the problems of dealing with suspected child abuse and an utterly gripping psychological horror story.
Where Are They Now?
Hugh is now in his fifties. He has remained single and has no children. He now lives in Canada.
I’m supposed to give a synopsis of my life? Yeh, sure, Torey! Hi, everyone! I’m not married to Torey. You probably guessed that. I’m not married at all. Once was enough for me. What Torey didn’t tell you in the books is that I am a native American. About ten years ago I started getting more in tune with my heritage, so I’ve left the city life behind. I’m now teaching alternative medicine at a small institute dedicated to supporting native beliefs, so I’m living the good life surrounded by really beautiful scenery. What more could I ask?
Jadie is in her late twenties now and working on a doctorate in medieval English literature. She still finds it difficult to talk about her childhood. She was asked but declined to contribute to this page.
ONE CHILD did not start out as a book. Torey wrote it as a personal story to record for herself her extraordinary time with Sheila. It was only after the story was completed that she considered publishing it.
ONE CHILD is Torey’s first book and it was the first thing she ever submitted for publication. The story itself was written very quickly – only eight days from start to finish.
It took only 42 days from the time she started writing ONE CHILD until she signed a contract with G.P. Putnam’s Sons to publish it.
ONE CHILD is currently in 28 languages and has been adapted in several diverse forms, including a one-act opera, a Japanese puppet play and a TV movie.
When special education teacher Torey Hayden left the classroom for work in a children’s psychiatric ward, a diverse trio entered her life.
Twilight Children is the story of one determined woman and three individuals battling overwhelming odds.
Told with compassion, sensitivity and humour, it is a powerful, unforgettable books that reminds us of the strength and beauty of the human spirit.
The Tiger’s Child
Torey didn’t want to write a sequel to ONE CHILD initially.
When ONE CHILD was published, her editor thought Sheila’s life after leaving Torey’s classroom was so grim that it would be better not to say anything about it.
Torey also felt it would be hard to follow up ONE CHILD because ONE CHILD had been “something of a fairy tale” and had left the reader with the impression of “happily ever after”. A sequel would make “real life all too apparent”.
In the end she wrote THE TIGER’S CHILD on a dare from Sheila, who had teasingly said she never would.
Murphys Boy | Silent Boy
MURPHY’S BOY (SILENT BOY) remained Torey’s favorite book for many years.
“I felt I had found my writing voice with MURPHY’S BOY, “ she says.
“My youth showed a little too much for comfort in ONE CHILD and I would completely re-write SOMEBODY ELSE’S KIDS , if I had my choice.”
Just Another Kid
Torey didn’t set out to write about Ladbrooke in JUST ANOTHER KID . She only intended to write about the children and include Ladbrooke only in her capacity as aide in the classroom. But as the book progressed, Torey was surprised to find it had become Ladbrooke’s story.
Alarmed that her publishers might not like this deviation from the synopsis they’d purchased, she mailed the 250-page uncompleted manuscript in a panic to her editor over Christmas that year to find out if she should proceed. Fortunately, everyone liked the “story that wrote itself”.
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