A Child Called It

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Orion, Jun 24, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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A harrowing, yet inspiring true story of a young boy's abusive childhood, from internationally bestselling author Dave Pelzer.

Dave Pelzer was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother - a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games. She no longer considered Dave a son, but a slave; no longer a boy, but an 'it'.

His bed was an old army cot in the basement, his clothes were torn and unwashed, and when he was allowed the luxury of food it was scraps from the dog's 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. This book covers the early years of his life and is an affecting and inspirational book of the horrors of child abuse and the steadfast determination of one child to survive.

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This book makes you realize the horrible ugliness that exists behind closed doors and the lack of belief that someone's mother could be so evil that leads to any third party hesitating to report child abuse. Of all the biographies I have read this is the one I had to put down and walk away from several times out of disgust, heartache and anger. David's story is one that should be required reading for anyone wanting to enter the social service and education fields. 

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Really a hard read for you? trying being David
I love love love this book and this man for overcoming this horrible life and actually turning out to be a productive good man

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About the author (2010)

Dave Pelzer is recognised as one of America's most effective and respected communicators addressing corporations, conventions and health/psychology/primary care workers. His unique accomplishments have garnered personal commendations from Ronald Reagan and George Bush. He was selected as torchbearer for the 1996 Olympic Torch relay. He has dedicated his life to helping others help themselves.

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