A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive
This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it."
Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive--dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.
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Review: A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer #1)User Review - Poulard Vanessa - Goodreads
I think this book is the most cruel writing my eyes have never read. All the unimaginable cruelty, I find them in this book. A little boy being threaten by his own mother worst than an animal. The most desolate fact is that the book is based on a true story. Read full review
Review: A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer #1)User Review - MaryAnn Keyser - Goodreads
This book was very hard to read. It is absolutely sickening that this kind of thing can happen. The saddest part was when the teachers tried to help him but he was too afraid of his mother's wrath to accept their help. Everyone should read this book, especially parents-to-be. Read full review