A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive

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Health Communications, Incorporated, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 184 pages
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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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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
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Review: A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer #1)

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This book had clearly stated the hardships about being neglected, beaten, and punished for no reason. The main character David Pelzer had been physically and mentally been beaten by his mother. She ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Kodey Bradshaw - Goodreads

In the story "A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelter, a kid gets beaten almost to death everyday. This is based off of a true story and this non-fiction book sucks you in when you even read the first page ... Read full review

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About the author (1993)

Dave Pelzer travels throughout the nation promoting inspiration and resilience. His unique accomplishments have garnered personal commendations from Presidents Reagan and Bush. In 1993 Pelzer was chosen as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA), and in 1994 was the only American to receive The Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) award. He was also a torchbearer for the Centennial Olympic Games

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