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

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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
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Tells the story of a child's abuse at the hands of his alcoholic mother

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Tells the story of a child's abuse at the hands of his alcoholic mother

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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Publisher: Hci
Publish Date: Oct 1995
ISBN-13: 9781558743663
ISBN-10: 1558743669
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 195
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.5
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 7.75 x 0.75
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5.0 stars 8/24/2008 by rainbowS4tootsies
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like seriously..this has to be the best book ive read. i hate that fact that im a lil crybaby and i teared up throughout this book. its just so sad how cruel people can be. i was so into this book. i also bought the sequel to this book. i believe its called' "A Lost boy" not quite sure though. its also a must read. i havent seen this book in quite a while. i bought it, i read it, and its been from friend to friend. they were all so into it. its worth it.

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5.0 stars 9/15/2007 by hope4me
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This is the very best book I have ever read! Great value for your money. I highly reccomend this book to anyone.

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This is one of the greatest series of books
5/2/2009

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5.0 stars 5/2/2009 by budderfly52
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I purchased a book at Borders one day. It was about a boy in the foster system. And the abuse he dealt with at home before he was taken put into the foster care system. The book was called The Lost Boy The author is Dave Pelzer. I have a special young man who is in foster care and thought this would be a good book for us to read together. I wanted to read it myself first just to make sure it wasn't to much for him. Up until this time I hadn't read a book for years. Well when I got started I found out it was just one book of the series. First book... A Child Called It... Second book was called The Lost Boy which I had already purchased and waited till I got the A child Called it and read it. Then I read the second book again The Lost Boy. And then Third book. A Man Named Dave. Three books that I could not stop reading. It is a story about the Author. It was unbelievable. All I can say is you got to read it. You will not be sorry.!!! Take a chance. It is so worth it. Whether you are an adult or child it will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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A child called it
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5.0 stars 6/4/2009 by finallyamomofone
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This is the most moving book i have ever read. It hits home for me. I was put into a similar situation, and reading this, has helped me so to speak, to come to reality with what had happened to me. Knowing it wasn't my fault. that my mother wasnt right. I have gotten all of David's books. This is just an awesome series, and a very helpful one.

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finallyamomofone
grand rapids mi
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Great book!!!
7/11/2012

Customer review by BenjiLover

5.0 stars 7/11/2012 by BenjiLover
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I had been wanting to read this book for a long time but could never find it at the library so I finally gave in to buying it. I am glad I did, once I started reading I couldn't put it down. It's a very sad story.

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