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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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    crystal 1350 s. idalia st. # C 01-14-17
    crystal 1350 s. idalia st. # C 01-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "it is like an account not so much a story
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    it is good for awareness but not to much story like,I only got it because my 13 year old Granddaughter wanted to get it.I wanted to see what the content was.

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    abigail 01-11-17
    abigail 01-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Cant stop listening"
    Where does A Child Called 'It' rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its my all time favorite I love the story


    What other book might you compare A Child Called 'It' to and why?

    all of Daves books are wonerful


    What about Brian Keeler’s performance did you like?

    well delivered


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    Tamera 12-27-16
    Tamera 12-27-16
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    "Inspirational"

    This book although heart breaking was very inspiration and the narrator's voice was perfect for the narration which made it really easy to listen to.
    I loved it!

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    Michael 12-23-16
    Michael 12-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Saddest story I have ever heard."

    If you come from an abusive childhood be prepared to have all those scars ripped open! Even though this was a heart wrenching story of the unbelievable cruelty a child can endure, I think it's an absolute must read. Eye opening, vivid, devastating, I finished it in one sitting with my heart in my stomach. Highly recommend!

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    Deanna D'Alessandro 12-13-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Not for the faint of heart"

    This is a story that needs to be told to build awareness and help to protect children who are being harmed. However, it gives a very vidid account of many disturbing situations. This is not a feel good story, but it is a true one. Please just know yourself and whether or not you want exposure to these horrible images.

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    Autumn 11-17-16
    Autumn 11-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "heartbroken"

    the first time I read this story, I couldn't believe what I was reading!!!! I stayed up reading the entire first half of the book to the early hours..
    .and the very next night I finished this captivating book. Quite a few yeRs have hone by that u have no read rbks book in quite some time later I read

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    joselyn 11-07-16
    joselyn 11-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "So sad"

    It was just an awful story, not the book but his pain. Made me cry

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    kimberlee 10-08-16
    kimberlee 10-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "what a powerful book!"

    loved the book but at times I had to turn it off because It both angered and saddened me to hear what this poor child had been put through.

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    alisha 09-29-16
    alisha 09-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Heart wrenching!"

    What a great but sad story. I can not wait to read the next one.

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