There have, indeed, been documented feral children but none of them managed to adjust to their new lives. Their stories are heartbreaking. One of the reasons I wrote THE MUSIC OF DOLPHINS was to create circumstances in which a feral child might successfully re-enter human society. But in the end, after all my research, even giving my feral child a community with complex language and social structure during her formative years, the story still arrived at the same conclusion I’d tried so hard to overcome. Thank you for that excellent question.
“Have there ever been real feral children like in THE MUSIC OF DOLPHINS and did any of them adjust to the new life forced on them, or did they all just give up like Shay?”