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

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Reader reviewed by terra

This is story about a little boy from the ages 4 to 12. From the time he is 5 he's beaten by his mother. She plays 'games' that he has to figure out in time or most likely die. He is forced to sleep on the old army cot in the basement. She starves him for days on end so he is forced to steal food. But the sadest thing of all is that this is a true story. This happens to kids all over the world every day. This is an amazing book that will open your eyes and touch your heart.If you havent read it sugest you do.
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Wow...
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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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so sad,but so good
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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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A Heartfelt Book
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Reader reviewed by Holly

A Child Called It is one of the many books that I have cried about. Imagine being so small and your mom abusing you everyday. The biy who gets abused, writes this biograpy about his life. I encourage everyone who is looking for a good read this summer, to check this out.
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Grousome & Riveting
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Reader reviewed by Calamander

This book is grousome and yet you must read more. The story is about a boy who's was later tagged the worst child abuse. He is still living thankfully. His mother abuses him with pouring bleach on his face to eating his own vomit. Check this book out!
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A Child Called it
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Reader reviewed by D

This book happens to be one of the first book i had ever read from beginning to end, and from beginning to end it kept me a wake, i can read this book over and over and not get tired of it........I LOVE THIS BOOK



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A great book
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Reader reviewed by hannah

A child called it was a wonderful book. I was very sad though. it was about and davids mother who started abusing him. his mother did many horible things to him like make him eat his brothers poop from his diaper. his mother never feeds him. and he is lucky if he olny get clobered by his mother 3 times a day. seince his mother dosnt let him eat david turns to stealing food from the local store during recess. to find out more read this frightful book.
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A Child Called it
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Reader reviewed by Mart

This story is about a boy getting abused by his mother.his father does not know this because he is on trips. If he does not do his chores, he will get a beaten. This story has drama and very brudal. It is a very good book!
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Disgusting, yet entrancing
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Reader reviewed by chatterbox891

The story told in this book is so awful that I was amazed to find that it is a true story. This book is a guesome tale of one child's struggle to basically stay alive in his mother's cruel household. Dave Pelzer tells his story, how his father left when home life got unbearable and how his mother treated him like, well, garbage. He was forced to clean while his brothers got McDonald's. I found this book to be a wonderful read that left me pondering Dave Pelzer's early life.
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so sad..
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Reader reviewed by lookwaticando08

Wow. This book was really sad. The first time I picked it up, it made me all sad, so I put it down after the first 10 pages. Then I decided to read it again because I was really bored one day. Well it amazed me. How could a mother do all those things to her son? I just wished the people around the kid would've helped sooner. This is a really good and quick read.
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