A Child Called It

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Orion, 2000 - Abused children - 148 pages
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Dave Pelzer's story is the story of a child brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games - games that left one of her three sons nearly dead. Dave 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'. His bed was an old army cot in the basement, his clothes were torn and smelly and when he was allowed the luxury of food it was scraps from the dogs' bowl. The outside world knew nothing of the nightmare played out behind closed doors. But throughout Dave kept alive dreams of finding a family to love him, care for him, call him their son. It took many years of struggle, deprivation and despair to find his dream and then to make something of himself in the world. This book covers the early years of his life and is an affecting and inspirational look at the horrors of child abuse and the steadfast determination of one child to survive despite the odds.

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VERY difficult to read - Goodreads
A very good insight into cases of child abuse. - Goodreads
the plot in this book was very sad. - Goodreads
Inspirational and a great survival reference... - Goodreads
The problem is his writing is horrible. - Goodreads
This book was hard to read. - Goodreads

Review: A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer #1)

User Review  - Lesley Sanchez - Goodreads

When I read this book it almost made me cry... Because its very sad the mom abuses him since he was four years old the mom told him he "was the bad boy..." He has the house chores in the house will ... Read full review

Review: A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer #1)

User Review  - Zesia Villalta - Goodreads

It was very intresting,emotional,but most of all it was insperational.It taked about this boy who would starve, get abused my his mother in one occation she actually stabes him in his stomach and ... Read full review

About the author (2000)

Dave Pelzer is recognised as one of America's most effective and respected communicators. His unique accomplishments have garnered personal commendations from Ronald Reagan and George Bush. He has dedicated his life to helping others help themselves.

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