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

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Paperback, Health Communications, 1995, ISBN # 1558743669

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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: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publish Date: Sep 01, 1995
ISBN-13: 9781558743663
ISBN-10: 1558743669
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 195
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.5
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.5 x 5.0 x 0.5
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Customer review by hope4me

5.0 stars by hope4me

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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Customer review by rainbowS4tootsies

5.0 stars by rainbowS4tootsies

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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Age:25 - 34
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sad but good
11/21/2007

Customer review by shopohollic

5.0 stars by shopohollic

this book is really sad but really good. If you like different books then you should read "A CHILD CALLED IT." Its about this kid david and his horrible mother beats the kid nearly to death. But the will to survive keeps him going along with the promisse he made himself.

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