A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer #1)

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so sad,but so good

Reader reviewed by Crystal

A child called it is such a sad book,and its a real story about a mans life as he was a child,which makes is even more sad.
It's about how this boys mother did all this horrible stuff to him after his father died.she made him do all these horrible shores,and one time,when he threw up,she made him eat it.she would smash him up againts glass,and..well,i dont want to go further,its to horrible.

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Wow...

Reader reviewed by chardiddlyarlie

This book was amazing. It was very difficult to read as it was very distressing and disturbing in places but funnily enough i couldn't put it down. From page one i was gripped by this tale of the child named 'it' and horrified by it. The whole way through the book the story was told so graphically and well that i felt as though i was there and i often felt the entire gravity of the situations david was in and the turbulence of david and his mother. This book left me feeling glad for what i have and made me realise how trivial some of the things i worry about are compared to the problems that some people have to bear.
This was very worrying in parts but 100% a good read.

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A True Story that is the hardest part to understand

Reader reviewed by two sided freek

It's a true story and the 3rd worst child abuse case reported in US. the 1st and 2nd case's victim's didn't survive. What really amazes me is that David Pelzer had the courage to write about his childhood, to bear his vulnerablities to the world and break the child abuse cycle, now with his own child a girl he really loves. The incidents in this book have you crying with sympathy for him and believe me this is a tear jerker. You have to read it

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WOw

Reader reviewed by Katie Bishop

After reading just parts of that book make me break down. I have expierenced some abuse but not that intense. That is so horrable a parent can be that mean to an innocent little child.That mother should have been sent to prison hopefully she went to hell where she belongs.

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heart breaking!

Reader reviewed by jessica

an absolutly heart-wrenching story of a young boy named dave who is horribly abused by his mother. the first in an amazing series that will break your heart and give you an unshakeable urge to hold your kids close and tell them how much you love them. saying this book is a great read would be a horrible understatement.

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oh my gosh!

Reader reviewed by Ashley

This book was extremey heartbreaking and yet at the same time it gave you hope. I read it about two years ago. I read it only once for a school thing and i never forgot it. it stays with me in my mind all the time. unfortaneatly I have not yet bought it, but i encourage everyone to read it. It includes alot about things that actually happen to young children

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Writing with a Purpose

Reader reviewed by Aileen

I literally cried while reading this book. It is written from the viewpoint of a child, using simple language and conveying the confusion and thought process that he had as a child. I went through an entire spectrum of emotions as the book went on, and I admire the writer, Dave, for having the courage to write it. I don't think anyone can read this book without undergoing some sort of transformation. Dave really accomplished something by writing this novel, by putting his story out there. He increased awareness and I for one have a greater understanding of the hell these kids are put through and what some of the signs are.


Writing with a purpose. I respect that. I can only hope that no one else has to go through what Dave did, but unfortunately, the world isn't like that.

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best book ever but so sad

Reader reviewed by tasha

this book is basicly about a boy named dave and his mom is always beting him 4 no real reasons and he lives in the garage his mom @ first was a loveing and caring mother but then she just became a devil come 2 life well only to her son dave! this book literly made me cry and iam 15 yrs old

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Everyone should read

Reader reviewed by Mi-chan

A really moving story. It shows that the will to survive is the strongest hope that humans have. The author of the book is the boy and he bravely retells his story. It shows what children are feeling when they're being abused. There are very gruesome parts to this book but everyone should read it.

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Breathtaking

Reader reviewed by Holly

Only one word can describe this amazing book: breathtaking! From the first page to last, this book had my attention, it tells the story of a young man who is abused by his mother. He told his story so well, with alarming details, and the descriptions were so great that I could picture every sentence in my mind. I would recommend "A Child Called It" to anyone up for a great read with a wonderful lesson!

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