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A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive
A Child Called 'It' One Child's Courage to Survive
Author: Dave Pelzer
This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. 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. He had to learn how to play his mo...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781558743663
ISBN-10: 1558743669
Publication Date: 9/1/1995
Pages: 195
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4 stars, based on 1949 ratings
Publisher: HCI
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 26
Unimaginable account of a child abused. I received this book in the early afternoon and finished it in record time. I could not put it down. This book makes me thankful for the things that I have. It also makes me want to hold my children a little tighter. I recommend this book to everyone.

We as a nation should want to do more to stand up against child abuse. Don't look the other way or close the blinds. STOP turning the other way on the future of our Country. These children are our future lets nurture them and show them the unconditional love that each child deserves.

Have the tissue box ready. This is a very sad one.
Cant wait to read the next.
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Helpful Score: 22
This book is a sad tale that is very typical of children in foster care today. Most will read this story and be shocked at the malicious treatment Dave received as a child. However, I, as a child abuse attorney based in Los Angeles, CA, who has represented perhaps thousands of children found myself thinking, "I've seen worse." as I read of Dave's horiffic plight.

Unfortunately, such abuse as Dave's is none too common in today's world. Quite often, I've been asked by the unsympathetic fool, "What is the worst case of child abuse you've seen?" My common response is, "Do you mean where the child lived, or where the child died?"

Most of this abuse goes on right under our noses, unnoticed, and that, is the true tragedy of this story. Kudos to Dave for his ability to survive and his strength to share his story.
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Helpful Score: 22
Heartbreaking and moving, this book tells the story of one child's abuse he suffers at the hands of his parents. This true story is NOT an easy read; you will be horrified, angry, and outraged at the hell this child was put through.
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Helpful Score: 13
This was an amazing book. You feel like you're there with this incredible child while he experiences all of these horrible things. I cried the entire time I read this book.
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Helpful Score: 11
I was completely horrified while reading about what this poor boy endured. Why was David singled out? This book is very sad, heartbreaking! David must have had a powerful spirit to have overcome all of the abuse he suffered through. I wonder what sort of men his brothers grew up to be. Are they psychologically damaged from witnessing all of that abuse? I can't imagine! I highly recommend this book, but it is very difficult to read, many tears were shed. Once I started, I couldn't put it down.
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reviewed A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive on + 4 more book reviews
After reading, I changed my mental question from "What's wrong with you?" to "What happened to you?" when I encounter people, young or old, who have eyes that reveal more life than their chronological age. Helping children and families of children who have lived similar stories is an increasing part of my life.
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It's incredible that a child could live through what he experienced. David's strong spirit and his continued "hope" helped him survive. He just would not let his mother win.

The only problem I had with the book was that the ending was awful. It jumps from him still at home and under mothers control then all of a sudden, he's an adult remembering and visiting his old home. What happened? How did he get out of that situation? So many questions left to the imagination.
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Monthly book pick for my book club. This book was absolutely heart-breaking to read. I couldn't believe many of the things this child had to go through. I wish there would have been more details about what came of the abusers, but maybe that info was saved for the additional books. Overall, an ok read. Very descriptive and hard to get through some of the abuse.

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