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    Dave Pelzer
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    Orion Pub Co; Reprint ed. edition (January 31, 2000)
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A Child Called ‘It’ is a heart-stopping, compelling book. Dave Pelzer’s child experience is a testimony to the triumph of the human spirit. This book vividly articulates the abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother and the unbelievable apathy of others to his plight.

A Child Called ‘It’ is a heart-stopping, compelling book. Pelzer’s courage and determination will go a long way in helping the millions of children in America who, too often, suffer every day in silence. Child Welfare League of America.

David James Pelzer (born December 29, 1960 in San Francisco, California) is an American author, of several autobiographical and self-help books. His 1995 memoir of childhood abuse, A Child Called "It", was listed on The New York Times Bestseller List for several years, and in 5 years had sold at least . million copies. The book has also been a source of controversy for Pelzer, with accusations of several events being fabricated coming from both family members and journalists.

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It is the first book in the My Story trilogy. His child's voice is immensely powerful and is an extraordinary testament to the human desire for survival. Daily Mail'This heartfelt true story of one child's courage to survive cannot fail to move yo. Heat'It takes a personal testimony like Dave Pelzer's to bring home the horrors of child abuse - the secrecy, the shame, the struggle to survive. Bel Mooney, Mail on Sunday'Pelzer is able to continue his dreadful story in an admirably dispassionate style.

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A Child Called It. One Child's Courage to Survive. The unforgettable story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games - that left him nearly dead. 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.

Dave Pelzer This book is also dedicated to the teachers and staff members of Thomas Edison Elementary School to include

This book is dedicated to my son Stephen, who, by the grace of God, has taught me the gift of love and joy through the eyes of a child. This book is also dedicated to the teachers and staff members of Thomas Edison Elementary School to include: Steven E. Ziegler Athena Konstan Peter Hansen Joyce Woodworth Janice Woods Betty Howell and the School Nurse. To all of you, for your courage and for putting your careers on the line that fateful day, March 5, 1973.

A Child Called It is an inspiring story about a young child’s courage to survive. I think people have a poor understanding about child abuse and how it affects the child

A Child Called It is an inspiring story about a young child’s courage to survive. I think it truly is a story that everyone should read and weep about. We all have our dreadful moments and there’s this one point in life where you will say, I hate my life. I think people have a poor understanding about child abuse and how it affects the child. Dave Pelzer and his story is a great way to show the world what it is really like to be in the mind of an abused child. People think that once the abused child receives therapy, their life will be a walk in the park. That’s not how it is and anyone who thinks that’s true is retarded.

It's been like this for months. It is not surprising that A Child Called It was rejected by most British publishers. Altogether, Pelzer has sold almost a million books in this country and three million worldwide. Yet even his publisher admits that Pelzer is no great shakes as a writer. Even though the book had been on the New York Times bestseller list for three years (garishly packaged for a religiously inclined middle-American market by the same people who produce the gruesomely smug Chicken Soup For The Soul series), the consensus among British publishers was that it wouldn't work here.

Dave Pelzers 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 mothers 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.

Once I started reading this book, I did not want to put it down. I am so grateful for having discovered, ' A Child Called It", as I was severely abused from the ages 5 to 17 years old. This book has started an inner healing process.As I started reading, I started crying, crying so loudly that I started wailing. Uncontrollable tears rolling down my cheeks, and many, many tissues. I applaud Dave Pelzer for using his torturous past to help bring healing to so many people. I can not wait to read his other books. If you can read this review Dave, I want to say Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you.
As a social worker, no one likes to talk about these sorts of things. What makes child abuse different is how deeply it’s impact goes and how many people it impacts. It’s an evil no one wants to see or accept and many will look the other way. And then there are those who will not turn away and instead step in and risk pieces of them self to try and save a child. David tells his story in a raw way that leaves you saddened but inspired. It’s a hard read that you can’t put down. You almost “feel” what he’s going through. Beautifully and courageously written.
My brother suggested I read this and I see why. For my entire childhood I was abused physically and emotionally by my mother while the rest of the family acted like it was normal. Only now in adulthood do they see how entirely abnormal it was for one person to be singled out for one parent's hatred and wrath. This see story is so familiar to me in so many ways; many of the same scenarios played out in my childhood, although not to the horrible extremes that the author sustained. There isn't a day that my childhood doesn't haunt me in some way, but like the author, my strong inner spirit and will to survive triumphed. I will be reading the other books in this series.
This book most certainly does its job on bringing awareness towards child abuse. This book is the account of one child's unthinkable abuse. It offered me great insight on a child's perspective as he goes from having a loving family environment to a victim of child brutality. This book offers much knowledge on how to escape that kind of life and that it is okay to be different and that you're not alone. Lastly, it shows that the impact his childhood had on his life was great enough to influence him into writing this book and bringing awareness.
It took me a long time to read the book. I had to put it away many, many times. My own life has so many similarities. In a different way, with different people, but the outcome is the same. And the struggle to survive is too. The daily struggle to regain your life and to believe you are worth something. That.
Thanks Dave Pelzer, for your courage to put into words what you went through and in doing so helping people like me.
It is a good read, and I think it’s important for people to read this book, but proper warning must be given. This is a sever case of child abuse that is hard to stomach reading. I think because it’s so traumatic that it’s our duty to read the story so we may learn how to prevent child abuse.

I first read this when I was young, in grade school myself. (as of writing this review I have reread it to give an account with a fresh memory in mind) I don’t know if this was the best book for a middle schooler to read. When I picked it up I understood the subject would be about abuse when I started, but I had no idea how graphic it would be.

When I first read it this book always stuck with me, in a positive way. I knew child abuse was a thing but I had no idea how truly terrible it was. It was at the back of my mind. By the time I went to high school this book was still in my mind and I tried to be diligent about looking for potential signs in my classmates.

Now as a young adult the book has always stayed with me in my mind. I often discuss politics and mention issues I find important to friends. Child abuse is heart breaking and when I have time I try to inform people about it.

You could easily say this was a life changing book for me. The shock it gave me as a child was something i’ve kept with me for all of my life. It was a tool that changed they way I think and caused me to pursue more attention to the issues of child abuse, and specifically educating others.

The book itself is short and a quick read. I finished it within a two hour sitting. If you can stomach it you’ll probably finish it in one sitting as well.
This book reminded me that this just doesn't happen in movies but real life too. I've appreciated my mother more. It's usually hard to make me cry but this book though.........i literally had to stop reading because i couldn't see anymore. It's greatly written. The author did a great job writing the book. He will make you feel like it was the kid himself telling the story and it felt like it was right from his diary. This has been a great read and also the second book.
What a great book that David wrote. He is a very brave soul. I have never read I book that made me SO ANGRY but that I couldn't put down just the same. I feel that this and his other two books could be very helpful to though who have been through very hard times in life and feel they or their life is hopeless because he is proof that no one is hopeless!! If someone can survive what he did and break the cycle and have a great adult life then anyone can!!