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Currently 0/5 Stars.
T. reviewed The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family on
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My teenage daughter asked me to read this book. She had read it at school and it had touched her heart. The episodes of abuse, neglect, and violence were almost too much for me to stomach, but it gave me a better insight into the challenges that children who have been in this situation have faced.
Imagine a young boy who has never had a home. His only possessions are the old torn clothes he carries in a papper bag. His only world is isolation and fear. Although this young boy has been rescued from his alcoholic mother, the real hurt is just beginning-he has no place to call home. Exceptional book. Well worth reading.
I have read both A Child Called It and The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family. The second book is alot more graphic as far as being told what his... I don't even know what to call her... his birther? Anyways what she did to him, what he went through,You can't help but want to take this small boy into your arms and want to hide him from all the dangers and all the ugly people of the world! It is amazing that he is was and is not bitter towards her. The boys has grown in to a beautiful man whith a family of his own. He has truely overcome the ugliness that was dealt to him as a boy and triumphanted! (sp?) Alot of children, men and women could not survive such terrors. A bittersweet book, to say the least.
A really touching book by Dave Pelzer. Number two in his series of stories about his life, this one touches on his adolescence and his feelings about living in foster homes. Sad and heartwarming at the same time. A very good read.
This is the second book in the trilogy. I couldnt put it down. I read this one in record time too. I got it at lunch time and finished by dinner. I loved it although I thought he could have kept a more obvious timeline. It was a little hard to figure out at what age he was throughout this one.
This is the second book in a series of three. This book follows the book called "A Child Called It" by the same author. This book tells of David's existence between the ages of 12 and 18. I loved this book. I felt a sense of closure to the first book and you get a clearer picture of what happens to foster children.
Imagine a young boy who has never had a home. His only possessions are the old torn clothes he carries in a paper bag. His only world is isolation and fear. Although this young boy has been rescued from his alcholic mother, the real hurt is just beginning - he has no place to call home.
This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequel to A Child Called "It." Answers will be exposed and new adventures revealed in this compelling story of his life as an adolescent. Now considered an F-child - a foster child - young David experiences the instability of moving in and out of five different homes. Those who feel that all foster kids are trouble - and unworthy of being loved just because they are not part of a real family - resent his presence and force him to suffer shame. Tears and laughter, devastation and hope: all create the journey of this little boy who desperately searches for the love of a family.
Though many in society ridicule the foster-care system and social-service fields, Dave Pelzer is a living testament to the necessity of their existence. Whether you are a fan of the author or picking up his work for the first time, The Lost Boy is a sequel that will move you and stand alone as a shining inspiration to all.
The second installment in David Pelzer's recounting of his traumatic childhood and adolescence will leave you feeling a tremendous sadness for the plight of the foster child. The book is no great literary work, but a window into the deep scars child abuse leaves behind and the great strength of will that it takes a child to survive these overwhelming odds.
I LOVED this book and the other two in the series. They are the true story of a chid who was abused and went through the foster care system. I advise EVERYONE to read them, especially anyone thinking about being a foster parent.
The 2nd book after "A Child Called It", "The Lost Boy" brings Dave to his preteen-early teen years. A must read if you have read the first book.
Currently 5/5 Stars.
Susy G. reviewed The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family on
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After reading Dave Pelzer's first book, I had to get the second one. The Lost Boy is an incredible account of Dave's life as a foster child after being rescued by a police officer from his mother's wrath. Dave's life was unpredictable. He jumped from one foster home to another, sometimes without previous notice. All his belongings were almost always packed in a grocery bag.
As soon as he started to feel comfortable in a foster home, he was changed to another.
This is a must read book. It puts into perspective what foster care is all about. It takes away preconceptions that one can have regarding foster parents and their true objective by being so.
I definitely recommend this book. It is rich in detail and the author expresses his feelings in a way that you can almost feel you're going through his suffering. I cannot wait to read the 3rd. installment.
The topic of child abuse and the foster care system may not be everyone's cup of tea, but the writing is so beautiful and optimistic, I couldn't help but fall wildly, madly in love with this kid and not from pity alone. Although I was aghast at Dave's early experiences and life, I was doubly inspired by his tenacious spirit. This is a gruesome story that most would likely not have made it through intact, but it is not all grit and grime. It is a moving story of a boy who was looking for love and a place in the world but a child from a mother with mental illness who could not offer a safe loving place. I highly recommend this book.
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Chris K. reviewed The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family on
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This book was awesome. As an educator, it helps me to see what this poor child went through and the book gave me more insite on what to look for in my classroom. Dave Pelzer is an amazing man!
I am working towards becoming a social worker. In part because of my love for children, but in part because of Dave Pelzers tragic story. I picked up his first book a child called It and intended to read it while my kids played at the park one summer. I read a few pages on our way home and could not put it down. I then went back the next day and got this book and next book in this series. I cried just about the whole time that I read this book. It is a very touching book that is also motivating.
This is another book that has had lots of reviews, but I'm gonna give it a try anyway ...
This is the sequel to A Child Called It and it focuses on the authors life from age 12 to age 18. It is another book that I read in less than one day, just because I couldn't put it down because it is an incredibly sad true story and I just HAD to see how it ended.
Although Dave Pelzer mentioned in his last book that this book would answer a lot of the questions left over from A Child Called It ... I didn't find them and was a wee bit disappointed in that fact, but like he says ... who will ever know WHY a parent abuses their own child.
I didn't tear up as much reading this book as I did the first, but I was more ANGRY that no one saw through this "mother" and what she was doing or if they did see it ... try to stop it. I also LOVED LOVED LOVED the foster parents that Dave had ... my grandparents were foster parents for MANY years (in fact, my aunt is a foster child that they had from 1st grade until ... well, she never left and she is now almost 50!! and she is as much as my aunt as my aunt by blood) ... and how they helped him see that he never did anything wrong and that he IS someone ...
This is still a book that I don't think I would want to read again ... but I am so happy that I did read it ... it's wonderful to know that there really are STRONG people out there that can rise above their upbringing. I just wanted to give him a hug althoughout this entire book ...
The final book in this series is called A Man Named Dave ...
Wow what a story! I have not yet read the book that follows this one although I am told that it is very inspirational, as is this book. The Author of this book is the "Lost Boy" he tells the reader a very detailed, yet very painful story about a childhood of heartbreak and pain, abuse, ridicule, but don't get me wrong, this is painful, but worth the read. He takes the reader through tears and joy, hunger a turmoil, an emotional rollercoaster, you find your heart fighting for this boy.
This poor kid. He comes out of an abusive home and hopes to be placed in a loving family. He goes into the foster care system which is a nightmare all by itself. How this child survived to become a decent person is truly miraculous!
This story tears at the heart of the reader. For teachers, it reminds you of the life outside of school and how horrendous it can be. For the parent, it makes you angry that not everyone cherishes their children. For the foster parent, it is the good, the bad, and the ugly of what the child has experienced before coming to your home.
The saddest part is that while this happened many years ago, a similar story is still happening today to other children.
Very true and tragic story that really gets you right to the core. It made me cringe, cry and very sad that anyone could do the things that were done to a child for so many years without remorse or consequence. It is a brutal but savage story that will haunt you for years to come.
Currently 0/5 Stars.
Tamie P. reviewed The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family on
After reading "A Child Called It" - I knew I wanted to continue on through David Pelzer's life story... parts of this book brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face - truly touching and uplifting. Mr. Pelzer, the victim of the worst case of child abuse in California history, has strength like you would never believe
This is the long-awaited, inspiring sequel to Dave Pelzer\'s autobiographical book \"A Child Called \'It\'\". Although now rescued from his alcoholic, abusive mother, another kind of pain is just beginning for him-- he has no place to call home. As an adolescent foster child, he experiences the instability of moving from home to home, the journey of this little lost boy who desperately searches for the love of a family. Regardless of your opinions of the foster-care and social-service systems, Pelzer is a living testament to the necessity of their existence.
Such a sad childhood of going to one foster home after another and trying to understand and deal with his life of abuse from his biological mother. This is the 2nd book in a trilogy. The first one is A Child Called It and almost unbearable to read. It's discusting what his mother did to him. The 3rd book is A Man Called Dave. With everything he had gone through he turned his life around. These are fast reads.
As a social worker, this book was very interesting. It is amazing to read the experience he went through in his own words! For anyone intersted in social work, foster care or any helping service work, this book should be on your bookself!!!
This is truly a heart wrenching story of a boy who was abused by his mother and rescued from her and put into foster care.Yet he doesn't feel like he belongs in foster care and hes not sure where he belongs.A very good read.
This is a continued story of "A Child Called It". The story was better, not as predictable. The author must get better with each book. I hope the final book is even better. The author does make you want to see what happens to him as an adult.
This is a great read (sad though). It is such an inspiring story of the life of an abused child. I even got my husband to read this and A Child Called It. He doesn't even read books and he made it through both of these books. Easy to read but hard on the emotions! I recommend this book to all!
If you've never read the first book "A Child Called It," you won't really fully understand this one. This book is a continuation of life of David Pelzer from where he left off in the other book. It is written in pretty much the same way as the first one and has its sad moments as well. However, it is much easier to read. Although, I would not recommend it unless you've already read, "A Child Called It."
The 2nd book in the series of 3 - still such a shocking story that defies reality. I will never be able to get over the fact that his own biological mother did these horrific things to a child! He's through one foster home to another and we follow his trials and tribulations as he discovers how to live and be a child as well as growing into a man. Very quick read - very well written.
Currently 0/5 Stars.
Jennifer D. reviewed The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family on
All of David Pelzer's books are touching...you can follow him from early childhood beginning with A Child called IT. Then on to this book, The lost boy and I believe there were 2 or 3 others that followed.....
I read Dave's first book, "A Child Called It". His second book takes his life from the age of 11 to 18. It is a must read for every teacher. It was well written. Mr. Pelzer is to be greatly commended on his bravery in revisiting old emotions and events and on exposing child abuse in its severest form.
This is one of those books that I don't think I could read again. Don't get me wrong, it was very well written. This is about the unthinkable, a mother abusing her child for whatever reason. A child that never knew why he was in trouble and always trying to be a "good boy." He had other sibblings that were never treated in such a disturbing way, at least not until the end of the book. As the reader it made me want to jump into the book and smack that mom silly. You're heart will go out for this poor abused boy.
Currently 5/5 Stars.
Christina W. (cworks) reviewed The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family on
Very well written. Excellent sequel to the orginal book "A child called it" just as good as the first one
This is the sequel to "A Child Called "It" ". I won't give it away, but here's what the back of the book says,
"Imagine a young boy who has never had a home. His only possessions are the old torn clothes he carries in a paper bag. His on ly world is isolation and fear. Althought this young boy has been rescued from his alcoholic mother, the real hurt is just beginning--he has no place to call HOME..... Now considered an F -child--a foster child--yound David experiences the instability of moving in and out of five different homes. Those who feel that all foster kids are trouble--and unworthy of being loved just because they are not part of a REAL family--resent his presence and force him to suffer in shame. Tears of laughter, devastation and hope: all create the journey of this little lost boy who desperately searches for the love of a family..."
I love all the books by Dave Pelzer. His childhood was horrendous but he made it through. This book in the collection of his stories. They inspire and make you realize what our society was really like.
I am amazed each time I read one of these books at how much Dave Pelzer has survived. This book really shares the inside track on the lives of foster children. It stretches your heart strings and makes you want to help all of the lost children out there. I highly recommend this book, as well as the others by Dave Pelzer
Imagine a young boy who has never had a home. His only possessions are the old torn clothes he carries in a paper bag. His only world is isolation and fear. Although this young boy has been rescued from his alcoholic mother, the real hurt is just beginning he has no place to call home. This is Dave Pelzer's long awaited sequel to A child called "it".
Dave Pelzer is rescued from his abusive family, but can he overcome all that he has been through? Is he too troubled to fit into a new family? Read this dramatic account of Dave's true life childhood. Book 2 of his life story. Read "A Child Called 'It'" first.
Another "chapter" to the saga of the child called "It" as he tries to adjust to his new life in the foster system. I found it difficult to remember at times this is a true story, as it is the stuff of which movies are made. I commend Dave Pelzer not only for perservering through his ordeal, but for having the courage to not only tell his story, but to do so in such a straight-forward and honest way.
Read the book in 2 days. It is easy to read and very interesting. Suggest getting his first book 'a child called it' then you can start at the beginnig. Nothing is better than going for book to book without waiting :)
Tells of the life of Dave Pelzer as a boy who was severely abused by his mother. He is put in foster homes, teased and riticuled by all he has suffered. However, he survives and trys to make a life for himself.
Currently 5/5 Stars.
Marge J. (davjanke) reviewed The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family on
This is an excellant sequel to A Child called It. Very heartbreaking.
Very touching and a revealing insight into Foster Care. You have no idea what it is like being in Foster Care, unless you are in it yourself or really listen to someone who has been in it. This will open your eyes.
Imagine a young boy who has never had a home.His only possessions are the old torn clothes he carries in a paperbag.His only world is isolation and fear.Although this young boy has been rescued from his alcoholic mother,the real hurt is just begining- he has no place to call home.
This is a sequel to A Child Called "It". It's just unbelievable that someone can treat another human being as Pelzer has been treated. A very moving story & the author serves as an inspiration to other mistreated children.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
The Lost Boy is the harrowing but ultimately uplifting true story of a boy's journey through the foster-care system in search of a family to love. This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequel to A Child Called 'It'. The Lost Boy is Pelzer's story -- a moving sequel and inspirational read for all.
Imagine a young boy who has never had a loving home. His only possesions are the old, torn clothes he carries in a paper bag. The only world he knows is one of isolation and fear. Although others had rescued this boy from his abusive alcoholic mother, his real hurt is just begining -- he has no place to call home.
This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequel to A Child Called "It". In The Lost Boy, he answers questions and reveals new adventures through the compelling story of his life as an adolescent. Now considered an F-Child (Foster Child), Dave is moved in and out of five different homes. He suffers shame and experiences resentment from those who feel that all foster kids are trouble and unworthy of being loved just because they are not part of a "real" family.
Tears, laughter, devastation and hope create the journey of this little lost boy who searches desperately for just one thing -- the love of a family.
This book will not only bring a tear to your eye, you will finish it with a desire to be a foster parent (if you aren't already). If you are a foster parent, read this book to find out what a difference you make for kids like this one.