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A Child Called 'It' Audiobook

A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive

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Publisher's Summary

Dave Pelzer's astonishing, disturbing account of his early years describes one of the most severe child-abuse cases in California history. This book spent over 175 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Dave was in first grade when his unstable alcoholic mother began attacking him. Until he was in fifth grade, she starved, beat, and psychologically ravaged her son. Eventually denying even his identity, Dave's mother called him an "it" instead of using his name. Relentlessly, she drove him to the brink of death before authorities finally stepped in. With faith and hope, Dave grew determined to survive. He also knew that he needed to share his story.

A Child Called "It" is the first of three books that chronicle his life. Through publications and public appearances, Dave is now recognized as one of the nation's most effective and respected speakers about child abuse.

Listen to the second book in David Pelzer's harrowing, multi-part memoir of child abuse: The Lost Boy.

©1995 David Pelzer; (P)2001 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Pelzer's portrayal of domestic tyranny and eventual escape is unforgettable." (School Library Journal)

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    Jan 03-08-12
    Jan 03-08-12 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Recommended to me... and I to you"

    I work with folk who have come out of, or are in abusive situations... and this book provided insights that I couldn't have learned any other way. I would highly recommend to teachers, social workers, pyschology majors... anyone who has a role involving children. This is an adults remembrance of a childhood that goes from perfect to beyond abusive... all while the child continues to be surrounded by teachers, neighbors and family who fail to see and intervene.

    The book is a stark and a difficult listen. The child is resiliant and it does get better... but I wouldn't consider it entertainment, rather education. That said, the world isn't pretty and by being unaware we are missing opportunities to intervene.

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    Kayla Gillette 08-28-16
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    "it was not the full book"

    it was not the full book if I remember correctly there was a lot more to it

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    Amazon Customer 08-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow!!! Expect tears and heartache"

    The story told in the book is unfortunately told very well. It is very hard but at the same time easy to believe that there really are people out there that do this kind of thing. And to think of how many children go through things like this is disgusting. I'd recommend the book on audio instead of paper for this reason. On audio you can get a little distracted with seeing something or easily being interrupted and distracted. Reading the book would have you a lot more focused and involved which in my opinion would cause you to feel more of the emotions which are very deep. The book would cause a lot more tears and feel a lot more of the pain and suffering that the child went through. I don't think you could be any more angered either way you whether you read or listen to it. You'll still end up being pissed off at some point!

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    Tonya C. Wimberley 08-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Heart Breaking"

    My husband and I are foster parents. This book reaffirms our dedication to caring for abused and neglected children. We were in tears as we listened to this account. I'm so glad he had a happy ending.

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    Madame 07-22-16
    Madame 07-22-16 Member Since 2016

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    This is such an eye-opening book to Child Abuse! It is not for the faint of heart, or should I say ears. However, the realness, raw and bluntess are what truly make this book a successful one. I read it once in middle school and then recently as an adult. Still hits the heart every time ....

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    Suzy Q 06-27-16
    Suzy Q 06-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Heart Wrenching"

    This was one of the saddest books I have listened to ever. I cannot imagine a mother treating her son like this, but even more sadly a father turning a blind eye.

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    Asia 06-13-16
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    "Great But Sad"

    This book was beautifully written. I wonder did his mom have a mental problem. I hated "The Bitch"

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    Xavierklaw 05-27-16
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    "this a very powerful book
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    This book made feel like I was living tthis boy life through his eyes. I felt the fear in my heart when he heard his mother, I felt the defiance of not giving up his last piece of dignity. I feel it is something I truly understand and not just something i know about that happens somewhere.

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    adelia 05-06-16
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    "Nail on the head"

    This book really connected me and my husband as he was abused by his mother for the later part of his life. I applaud and appreciate the realness and courage you show throughout this. Thank you for speaking.

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    It's amazing what the human spirit can endure. This story is just heart breaking to me I found myself so angry at David's mother more then on the verge of tears but cannot deny the fact that tears were shed while listening to this book. Truly an amazing story that will leave you in awe.

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