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Subject: Looking for a novel about abused boy
Date Posted: 4/7/2009 3:10 PM ET
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Hello all. I'm looking for a YA book I read a long time ago and would like to read again as I can't recall the ending (or even the title). I'm fairly certain the boy's name is David and he is about seven. I remember distinctly that he won a rose bush in as a prize in some competition. It is a sad looking bush, but he is proud of it, because it is the only thing he has that is his. I think he is an orphan, because I remember he was living with nuns for a while and was sent to a foster home where he was abused and as a result his arm was broken. However, it could be that his birth family abused him and so he was removed and placed in foster care.

I'm sorry I can't remember more details. I read this book about 10 years ago, and don't think I was even able to finish it. Any help would be appreciated. :)

Date Posted: 4/9/2009 3:52 PM ET
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The only one I can think of is A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer. There is a  second called The Lost Boy and a third A Man Named Dave. I believe there are other books about his life in an abusive home and in foster care as well.

Date Posted: 4/9/2009 7:53 PM ET
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I've seen that book and i really don't think that is the one i read. Thank you anyway. :)

 

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 8:58 PM ET
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Well everything you just described was in that book.

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 9:15 PM ET
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Really? The rosebush and the nuns? Well, I'll look at it again just in case.  Thank you.

Subject: The Lottery Rose
Date Posted: 5/9/2009 1:13 AM ET
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The book you're looking for is The Lottery Rose.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lottery_Rose

 

A Child Called It and the rest of the trilogy are good if heart-rending, but there was no rose bush. I met Dave Pelzer at a book conference not long after A Child Called It came out.  Pelzer was very down-to-earth and is far from the impression people usually ascribe to the abused.He's a nice guy and gave my mom a hug.

Date Posted: 5/28/2009 5:05 PM ET
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Another book in this style is "They Cage the Animals at Night"....  equally depressing.... but good...

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 6:45 PM ET
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Ok, I'll check that out. Thank you. :)