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

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This book was so sad.
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Reader reviewed by April

I was between books at the time and didn't know what to read, when my mom told me I should read A Child Called It. I admit I was a bit hesitant at the time, but once I read it I just wanted to cry. I mean, who could allow their child to be put through so much pain??
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A SAD BOOK LIKE YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE!
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Reader reviewed by Kayla

I thought this book was sooo sad. I cried almost throughout the whole book. I couldn't even imagine what David went through. I don't even know how he survived. I've read this book 3 times already within about 1 month and I'd really suggest for others to read this book.
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heartbreaking
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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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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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hard to read
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Reader reviewed by Beth

I didnt enjoy this book. It was way way way to sad. It was to hard to read. it made me want to cry when I was reading it. It would be a horrible ay to live. I would not recommend this book to anyone because it would probably make them cry. Very well written but not enough that i would want to read it again.
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A Child Called It
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Reader reviewed by BooksObsession

This was one of the most depressing books that I have ever read. It's extremely sad and the end didn't seem to bring any hope to the poor boy's future. Since it's also based on a true story, it made it even more upsetting. The ways that the mother treated her son and punished him was almost unhuman! I found myself holding back tears, and other times wanting to just punch the book because I was so mad about something that had happened. I think that the book would've been much better if there was just a little bit more spark at the end to hint to some hope.

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Sad... but...
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Reader reviewed by Nic

Dave Pelzer's memoir of childhood abuse will certainly cause tears and disbelief in all but the most hard-hearted reader... unless they've heard the comments from his family members and acquaintances that cast a shadow of doubt on the whole situation. If it's all true, this book is a story of horrific child abuse carried out by a cold, cruel, emotionally disturbed mother on an innocent young boy; his tales of her tortures and sick "games" are gut-wrenching. The writing itself is sub-genius and cliched, but makes for easy reading. If you like being depressed, this is the book for you.
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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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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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