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

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

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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.

Item Specifications...

Pages   195
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.4" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1995
Publisher   HCI
ISBN  1558743669  
EAN  9781558743663  

Availability  262 units.
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Reviews - What do our customers think?
I love this book! Read!  Jan 8, 2010
I love this book! It is one of my favorites. I highly recomend. Well writen, and gives you something to think about. A great family book. I will be looking for the sequel.
thanks for the greatest read ever.  May 21, 2009
Dear Dave,
I read all you books. How did you manage it to put it all on paper??? You must have relived every hurting minute of it. Ialso read your brother Richard's books.
I cried when Iread the books.....of your lifes..... as children.



The Unwavering Human Spirit  Jan 20, 2009
A child called "It" is a non-fiction book by Dave Pelzer. He shares his unforgettable story of the many abuses he suffered at the hands of his alcoholic mother and the averted eyes of his neglectful father. Someone with no one to turn to, his dreams barely kept him alive. Through each of his struggles, I found myself enduring his pain, comforting his loneliness and fighting for his will to survive.

One of the worst child abuse cases in California's history came to an end on March 5, 1973 when Dave Pelzer entered foster care. Dave begins his incredible story as an abused child with his rescue in part one of a series, A Child Called "It". Calling this book a "page turner" doesn't give it justice. Easy to read, but difficult to comprehend how any mother could treat her child this way.

Besides being horribly beaten, Dave was forced to eat his own vomit, swallow soap, ammonia, and Clorox. This was just the beginning of his mother's "games." Dave's childhood wasn't always a nightmare. There were the "good years" in the beginning and Dave devotes a chapter describing the feelings of warmth and safety provided by his mother. By the age of 4 these feelings were replaced with fear, starvation and lowliness.

The "I" statement is used a lot in A Child Called "It" as Dave discovers the power he felt when he stalled his mother from burning him on the stove and "won." Trying to find food, making plans, and succeeding with the prize of eating frozen dinners from his family's deep freeze, Dave was proud of his accomplishments and used the statement, "I was the king." This goes to show the level of neglect he endured to consider frozen dinners to be a prize and hiding in the family's garage to gobble them up. These are less than kingly accommodations.

A Child Called "It" didn't leave me empty as I know that the child survived this abuse. It began with the rescue and then was led through the happy times, and then into the abuse.

The book is written from the perspective of a child. It is eye-opening to see how Dave perceived the treatment of his mother, as she didn't treat Dave's other brothers this way, and how the abuse impacted his self-worth. Yet, Dave still had this incredible will to not only survive, but to rise above it all. I highly recommend this book! It is a story of the human spirit that can withstand so much.
A Child Called "It"  Jan 18, 2009
A Child Called "It" is an intense, nerve racking experience that you will never forget. The obstacles Dave Pelzer author of this book, had to overcome as a child is horrific. These terrible events has his story named one of the most severe cases of child abuse in the history of California. His fight for food and dreams of having a family that actually cared for him and not neglected or ignored him of his existence by his brothers. The causer of his painful childhood was his crazed, intoxicated mother who played sick torturous games to crush him mentally and emotionally. Which consisted of starving him for days, torturing him with sick methods to cut of his air supply, or continuously physically abusing him nonstop. This novel opens peoples eyes to the world of the abused and the disceet acts that can take place in a home with out anyone knowing.
Dave was put in the basement on an old army cot with raggedy clothes; he was a prisoner, and also a slave to his mother. No longer considered a son he was forced to do various chores in an almost impossible time limit to complete them in which led to even more beatings. Dave Pelzer teaches the reader how painful and unforgettable his childhood was because of his mother's mental disposition. A Child Called "It" is one of my favorite novels and I recommend this book to anyone that wants to be informed of cases to the degree of Dave's and to an even further extent of the abused that take place everyday in many homes. I look forward to reading Dave Pelzer's other novels in the series about his tragic life experiences.

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