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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 mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son but a slave; and no longer a boy but an "it." Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to but his dreams kept him alive--dreams of someone taking care of him loving him and calling him their son.

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A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive
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A child named It
April 22nd, 2015
Loved this book. Made me what to jump into the pages and give his Mother the same treatments that she gave that poor defenseless boy. I too had a bad up dringing when my Mum left my real father and moved in with another man. Not as bad as this little boy but it was still abuse. So I felt his pain. Cannot wait to get the next book to see how things worked out for him.
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Love
March 7th, 2015
I love this book. Can't believe how some people are. I can't ever do that to my kids. My kids are my whole life.
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A Child Called It:
August 9th, 2014
A great read, a horrible life for a chid to endure.
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2 of 4 people found this helpful
Sad but inspiring
July 9th, 2014
very sad story of a young boy who was brutally abused by his mother and the fact that the dad did nothing to stop it. Disgusting. Very well written, very inspiring.
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A child called it
July 4th, 2014
This was truly a hard book to read, brought back so many bad memories. This was my 8th time reading it . The more I read the more I fee l form this little boy. God bless you David Pelzer
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Most intreging book
May 4th, 2014
I read this book and. I fell in love .
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A child called it: one childs courag
April 8th, 2014
It is amazing how much strength a child can find inside. Its hard to believe a parent or any human could treat a child this way. It is devastating but inspiring at the same time.
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Inspire
February 28th, 2014
This book is not only sad, but inspiring. It has taken the heart of many readers including mine. How people can abuse other people is still a question in everyone's mind. Lots of people wonder, "what if I knew," or "what happened to his mother that made her do this?" They too are questions beating in my mind. I feel inspired to do something great towards child abuse, emotionally, physically, sexually, or even neglect. Not only do I want to save them, I want to give them a life they never had. I want to let them do the things they couldn't, I want to comfort and love these children; no matter how old they are. These things cross my mind daily and I can do something about it but maybe not much. After all, I'm only in grade 7.
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I cried
December 2nd, 2013
Absolutely heart wrenching!
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Heartbreaking
November 15th, 2013
Hard to read but couldn't put it down. What an amazing story!
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A child Called It:One Child's
November 12th, 2013
A story of Child's survival of horrible abuse at the hands of one parent unspeakable. This child will not let partent see him brake down. Smart young boy!
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Riveting
October 28th, 2013
I couldn't put it down! Amazing story! I'm reading book two now I have to know more.
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October 4th, 2013
This book was truely eye opening! It made me feel like I was on the journey with David. It was insiprational how he continued to fight the odds and come through the worst situation. A must read for sure
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A must read
September 24th, 2013
Soooo sad, but very enlightening. All the best wishes in the world to Dave for his stength, being able to move on and being a wonderful father and husband after all he endured.
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Heart broken
June 22nd, 2013
I had to hold back my tears through the whole story....emotionally brutal for me....since it reminded my harsh childhood too!
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Lived it
April 25th, 2013
I love this book although the story itself is heart breaking..I read it as a teenager even then I cried...I felt as an adult and now mother I must read it again..and when my kids get a certain age I would like for them to read it also!!!! MUST READ!!!
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