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A Child Called It


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. Hide synopsis

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  • 1. Audiobook cassette, Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ), 2001


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Overall customer rating: 5.000
by Katie on Jul 26, 2012

This books affirms my choice of making social work my career path. It is a very sad story, but since it is an autobiography, you know he made it out ok in the end. More


A Book You'd Like to Not Believe is True

by kcsummer on Jan 24, 2010

You'd most likely be like me and wish that what you were reading isn't true. For a while, in fact, it felt "over the top" and too horrible to be true but if you open your mind to the author's words you will see and know and feel that it can be true all too often and is no doubt accurate with some ... More



by Childoftheking on Jun 11, 2009

Oce I picked this book up I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I am a very slow reader and read this book in two days. That is a record for me. More


Must read!

by StepMomster on Mar 1, 2008

A heartbreaking and disturbing look into child abuse from one who survived it and is helping children today to survive their abusers. Despite the sadness that is contained within it's pages it is a must read for anyone who needs to better understand what the abused are going through, how they survive ... More


The tale of a survivor....

by BettyR on Sep 9, 2007

After reading Dave Pelzer's tragic childhood recollections, I began to believe the old adage," what doesn't kill you makes you stronger." The child called " it ' -to effectively strip away his identity - even his gender, recalls vividly the myriad tortures of child abuse at the hands of his mother and ... More

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