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The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family
The Lost Boy A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family
Author: Dave Pelzer
ISBN-13: 9781558745155
ISBN-10: 1558745157
Publication Date: 8/1/1997
Pages: 250
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Publisher: HCI
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 8
Excellent book about a child bounced around in foster care... it is truly inspiring how forgiving one child can be... I'm definitely hooked on this trilogy... can't wait to read part 3.
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Helpful Score: 7
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.
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Helpful Score: 5
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.
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Helpful Score: 5
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.
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Helpful Score: 5
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.
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Helpful Score: 4
Tear - jerker - makes you truly grateful for all that you have. Worth every minute of reading.
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is the second book in the series. It is the most amazing story.
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Helpful Score: 1
I loved the series. Heartbreaking but real.
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Helpful Score: 1
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!
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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.
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Helpful Score: 1
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.
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Helpful Score: 1
Sad sad sad
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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 ...
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Helpful Score: 1
Great book and foster care and child abuse
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Helpful Score: 1
Very powerful read.
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Helpful Score: 1
it was very good, it makes you realize that kids are in danger and also fostering is a good thing and just a really good book
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Helpful Score: 1
Amazing what this guy did and overcame unimaginable obstacles along the way.
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Helpful Score: 1
Good book! sad but interesting!
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Helpful Score: 1
Get out your hanky. Beautiful account of a child in trouble and the wonderful people in the foster care system who helped him to find love. Real bio of Dave Pelzer
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Helpful Score: 1
I really enjoyed every moment of this book.
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The author writes in such an easy, flowing manner I read it in literally 2 days. I think its great for understanding the foster care system and motivating people to reach out.
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Helpful Score: 1
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
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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 ...
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Helpful Score: 1
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 ...
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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 ...
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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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I couldn't put this book down. Pelzer did a great job portraying his teen years. I was sad and felt bad for him, made me want to reach into the pages and hug the lonely teenager! A great sequel.
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Difficult subject matter but a book I could hardly put down.
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Excellent sequel to A Boy Called It.
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Acording to my daughter this it a great book.
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This book was so sad, It really pulled on my heartstrings and made me feel so sorry for this boy. I admire his courage for surviving that situation and his ability to write about it later in life.
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When I read this book I cried....it made me go back to certain parts of my childhood where I felt like a lost girl too...
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This is an absolutely heart wrenching book as is his other books. God certainly played a big part in Dave's life all during this horrible abuse. Keep a tissue handy.
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Great book that just pulls at your heart.
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Excellent
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Another amazing story from this courageous man. It will wrench at your heart while inspiring you at the same time.
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True story about his life as an adolescent and the instability of moving in and out of five different homes. A very compelling book.
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read this right after A BOY CALLED IT EXCELLANT
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very moving biography
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This is very moving and emotional story of David Pelzer. The book is impossible to put down. It is the sequel to the bestseller " A Child called "IT".
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I loved this book
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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.
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Very good follow-up to "A Child Called It". It's amazing to see the will of the human spirit.
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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!!!
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Another really good book, continues the story and shows how you can overcome any odds and have a full life if you want it badly enough. Very sad, very moving and quite inspirational.
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tough reading
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Very well written. Excellent sequel to the orginal book "A child called it" just as good as the first one
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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.
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A sequel to "A Child Called It". Again, I was in tears. It's such a heart breaking story and yet it shows what people can over come. I would definitely read it again.
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Very sad interesting book
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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.....
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Good story not for the faint of heart
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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..."
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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."
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Wow, not for the weak of stomach.
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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.
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Dave touches your heart deeply. It helps us to get inside the children in foster care and do what we can to help.
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Read all the books that go along with this one. This is a good quick read. Book is about a true account about what this man went through as a child.
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Good book.Very well written.
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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.
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This is the second part to the book "A Child Called It", and it is just as good a read as the first one. I would recommend it to people of any age.
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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.
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it was a fast read and very good, but sad
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Continuation from "A Child Called IT" this book goes into his journey into the foster care systemand the many different families to whom he is sent.
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I wonderful sequel to "A Child Called It". It shows what life is like in foster care.
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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
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This is the next book after "A Child Called It".
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This sequel to A Child Called It is another heart wrenching story of hope through everything!
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This whole series of books is very heartfelt of pain and suffering. It was a true eye openner for me even though I worked w/children under this system of foster care.
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About the man that he become. fantasic
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This is a very sad but unfortunately true story dealing with out foster care system. A must read for everyone.
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This is a great book! Such a sad story!
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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.
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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.
SYNOPSIS
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.
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Great book, but be ready to cry
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This is the story of Dave Pelzer, his life through social services and foster care. This book will make you cry,but you will never forget it.
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Great book!! A quick read like the prequel. A must for teachers!
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Very disturbing book about child abuse, with a happy ending.
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Very good book. Make sure u read the first book called " The boy called IT"
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This is the second in the series of books.

An unbelievable, but true, story of one abused child's will to live. Read all three stories and follow Dave as he grows to become a husband and father.
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#2 in a good series...
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You will want to find this guy and hug him.
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the sequel to a child called it another excellant book.
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Excellent and sad book makes you appreciate your children much more
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This was part of a series I read a while ago. It's something you just can't/don't want to believe it true, but unfortunately is.
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Very distrubing book about Child abuse and growing up from it.
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this was another good book, I enjoyed it.
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A follow-up to A Child Called It, this is the second in a trilogy from Dave Pelzer. He tells his story from the time he left his abusive mother and alcoholic father, through his experiences in five foster homes and juvenile detention, and how he eventually made it into the Air Force. He was a defiant and rebellious boy but despite his background and personality he managed to endear himself to many guardians, social workers, and teachers. A very emotional book but a must read if you've already read the first book.
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Harrowing yet inspiring. Amazing that this child survived the extreme abuse from his mother and then all the setbacks of a fostered life.
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SEQUEL TO "A CHILD CALLED IT", IT CONTINUES WITH THE STORY OF THE AUTHOR'S LIFE IN A WORLD OF ABUSE.
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This is a real story of a child looking for love and a family in the foster care system. It'll pull at your heart strings!
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The continuation of "A Child Called It"-tells the tale of Dave's time in foster care. Upsetting but hopeful.
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Heavy duty autobiographical account of child abuse.
Fascinating story. Well-written
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This is a very sad story of a boy finally taken from a terribly abusive home in the 70s and placed in the foster care system. It was difficult to read without bawling! Very sad!
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Sequel to A Child Called "It". A must read. Follow David's life has he searches for answers and new beginnings.
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imagine a young boy who has never had a home. his only possessions are the old torn clothes in a paper bag. this is a sequil to a child called it.keep your klenex handy
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Less intense then the first book- A good look into the Foster care system
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Quick read, very moving. Defintely opens your mind about foster care.
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This is the second book in the trilogy of books witten by Dave Pelzer about his child abuse. It's not quiet as good as the first one but it is a very good book.
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This is a very good but sad book.
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This is the 2nd book of Davids life. Going from foster home to foster home. Have to read "A child called It" to get the whole story first.
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This is a wonderful and true story of how couragous children can be and what they can survive through.
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A foster child's search for the love of a family. "Tears and laughter, devastation and hope: all create the journey of this little lost boy who desparately searches for the love of a family."
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Outstanding book, the beginning in a series. True story.
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This is an awesome book, but it is very heart wrenching.
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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.
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The sequel to ' A child called it'. This one will make you cry too.
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This is a very moving, yet disturbing story of child abuse. I loved reading the book and felt horrible for all the problems and situations that Dave had to go through.
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Another great book by Dave Pelzer. Cant wait to read the next one.
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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.
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This book made me cry. I need to read the first one. I meant to read the first book called "it", but was givent he wrong one to read and couldn't resist to stop reading it. Good book, but sad!!!!
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Heart breaking and heart warming at the same time. Pelzer is a hell of a great man.
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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".
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The continuation of the life of the boy in the book, "A Child Called It" and how he is functioning after being removed from his family and placed in foster care.
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a great story of survival!
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My 13 yr. old just finished this one. She loved it.
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Heartbreaking story, but well worth reading.
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An interesting book about the author's childhood and being bounced from home to home while trying to fit in and avoid a crazed mother.
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You will not be able to put this book down!
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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 :)
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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.
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This is an excellant sequel to A Child called It. Very heartbreaking.
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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.
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A true story of an abused boy who gets into foster care. A sequel to "A Child Called It"
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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.
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This is Dave Patzer's long-awaited sequel to A Child Called It. This book will give you a new, in depth look at the struggles and challenges for a foster child. I really enjoyed this book!
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The follow-up to "A Child Called It"........Just as amazing......couldn't put it down!
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Very good read of a young boys tough reality!! I'm intrigued by the foster care system so it was an interesting book to read. It's written from the child's perspective!
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I read this several years ago but remember that I found Dave's tale to be both heartbreaking and inspiring.
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Easy to read. Sad story of child abuse. I would highly recommend this book.
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Dave Pelzer is an amazing man. I couldn't put this book down.
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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.
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Very hard to read - not due to language, but due to content. It's very intersting and disturbing at the same time. A very good read.
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This is a story of a foster child from a very abusive home searching for love. It is heartbreaking and uplifting. How sad for a child to not know the love of his parents.
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Dave Pelzer's sequel to A Child Called It. This is his story as a foster child searching for a family to call his own and for the love of a family.
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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.
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Maybe it's just me but after awhile the "poor me" attitude starts to wear on me. Yes, I understand he had a horrible mother that did unimaginable things. But even in foster care nothing was ever Davids fault. For example David was stealing toys from a store. He went in to steal a toy for another boy, only to find out afterwards he was set up, the other boy's father was a manager at the store. So we were all suppose to feel bad for David that the boy set him up like that. What about David being a grown up now realizing he was stealing & admitting it was wrong? He always had an excuse for doing something wrong, it's never his fault. And I just get the impression as an adult David still feels this way.
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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.
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it is the sec. to a child called it. very good, but a little sad.

this is a true story about a child coming form a home of abues
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A heart-breaking story of a young boy who was treated so badly by his Mother that I kept thinking it was fiction (but, it is a true story). I ordered the other two books that go with this series by Dave Pelzer also. It just turned my stomach to think a Mother could do that to her son, especially when there were two other children in the family that she treated well. The Father also did nothing about the Mother's treatment of Dave, and I could not conceive of him just letting all of this torture happen and not turn her in to the police. A MUST read.