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

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A book to open your eyes
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Reader reviewed by Shannon

This book is about a boy. Who struggles through life. Wondering why and what it is that he has done. To deserve the unending abuse. His mother inflicts upon him. He endures unmentionable conflicts with his mother. Where she retaliates with stabbing him to setting him necked on a lit stove when he was four. He becomes more of a warrior fighting for his life. Then a child seeking his mother's love. At the brink of life and death. He finds no reprieve but, only guilt at being rescued an abandoning his brothers. This book may shock you. It shows the most shocking and gruesome details into the life of an abused child. It will open your eyes to the world around you.

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Battered and Broken
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Reader reviewed by Rachel Connell

This book is wonderful. It wil make you gasp, cry, and take your breath away. If you can't take gruesome injuries I wouldn't recommend this book to you. This book makes you think about those kids at your school who people make fun of and always wear dirty clothes. It makes take a second look at other people's situations and makes you appreciative of your own. One day Dave's mother snaps and starts hating him. He undergoes starvation, beatings, poisonings, burnings, and much more. Crying out for someone to help him and no one pays attention. This would be a book that everyone should read at least once.
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WHOA
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Reader reviewed by f00lishchick

This book was pretty intense because i have never met anybody in my life who had experienced this kind of abuse. what made it more surprising was the fact that the author was writing about his own, personal past; this was an autobiography. this book was fun to read because each page kept me on edge because i kept wanting to turn the page and know what would happen next.in my opinion it was a pretty good book and i would recommend everybody to read and experience what it feels like to be Dave; even if it is only for one day
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WHOA
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Reader reviewed by f00lishchick

This book was pretty intense because i have never met anybody in my life who had experienced this kind of abuse. what made it more surprising was the fact that the author was writing about his own, personal past; this was an autobiography. this book was fun to read because each page kept me on edge because i kept wanting to turn the page and know what would happen next.in my opinion it was a pretty good book and i would recommend everybody to read and experience what it feels like to be Dave; even if it is only for one day
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a child called it
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Reader reviewed by devon

This book portrays the life of an abused child. It is sad, so if you don't mind crying and some emotional pulls then you will love A Child Called It. The child in the book is the author and he also writes two other books that tells the life that he lives as an adult.
This book is a great read if you are into real life abuse problem. He goes through so much through out the book. Read it and find out how he gets out.
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A Child Called It: A Tragic Story
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Reader reviewed by Jennifer

David J. Pelzer's mother, Catherine Roerva, was, he writes in this ghastly, fascinating memoir, a devoted den mother to the Cub Scouts in her care, and somewhat nurturant to her children--but not to David, whom she referred to as "an It." This book is a brief, horrifying account of the bizarre tortures she inflicted on him, told from the point of view of the author as a young boy being starved, stabbed, smashed face-first into mirrors, forced to eat the contents of his sibling's diapers and a spoonful of ammonia, and burned over a gas stove by a maniacal, alcoholic mom. Sometimes she claimed he had violated some rule--no walking on the grass at school!--but mostly it was pure sadism. Inexplicably, his father didn't protect him; only an alert schoolteacher saved David. One wants to learn more about his ordeal and its aftermath, and now he's written a sequel, The Lost Boy, detailing his life in the foster-care system.

Though it's a grim story, A Child Called "It" is very much in the tradition of Chicken Soup for the Couple's Soul and the many books in that upbeat series, whose author Pelzer thanks for helping get his book going. It's all about weathering adversity to find love, and Pelzer is an expert witness.
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Oh dear... a horrible reminder of how much the human race needs to check itself.
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Reader reviewed by Ed

H'okay, so. This is a book about a boy's survival of child abuse. Which is a good thing; hurray. But, well... If you'd like to see the miracle of how he overcame his tragic upbringing, read the two sequels; "The Lost Boy", then "A Man Called Dave". Reading this book was like watching a horrible action/thriller movie; my reactions went along this line:

"...Ooh! Owww... Holy *~!#, that's horrid- !...Ugh, thank heavens, it's over... Augh, she did it again- !?"

I found myself just exhausted after finishing the book. Just one heart attack after another. I'd skip this one and move onto the other two, ladies and gents.
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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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Disgusting but intresting
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Reader reviewed by Bettina

David Pelzer's mom abuses him alot. His mother only abuses him, not any of his other brothers. David's mom makes him do all of the chores and if he doesn't do it right he is punished by not getting any food. His mother also punishes him for no good reason, like hitting him. David always tries to get more food but his mom is determined not to let him get any but food she gives him. David is determined not to let her get him down.

I thought this book was disgusting but it will keep you wondering what David will do next.
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A frightening true story
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Reader reviewed by Jenna

Very sad story about child abuse and the effects of it. Not for the faint of heart!

Tales of torture and starvation haunt this intense piece of literature. The boy watches as his siblings get treated kindly while he is forced to wear the same clothes every day and sneak food from the school just to stay alive. A very intense book based on true events.
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