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A Child Called 'It' Audiobook
A Child Called 'It'
Written by: 
David Pelzer
Narrated by: 
Brian Keeler
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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    Madame 07-22-16
    Madame 07-22-16 Member Since 2016

    God's Child

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    "Gritty"

    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
    Asia 06-13-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    Amazon Customer 04-13-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    Danisha 04-10-16
    Danisha 04-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Yesss, read it!"

    After reading this book I felt that my view of the world has changed. If you love children and would do anything to help children then this book is a great read for you. It is saddening, but it shows how a children need our help. This books deeply shows how cruel the world can be. It reveals one little boys hope for survival, and how he dealt with child abuse. I loved this book because it changed my views of the world and makes me want to do more to help children. I would encourage anyone to read!! Loved it!!

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    katrina bradley 03-28-16
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    "MUST READ"

    This is an incredible book. Some of the parts are nerve-racking, but it is amazing.

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    Chanda chicago 01-29-16
    Chanda chicago 01-29-16
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    "wow"

    Very,very sad but good book. Glad he overcame his horrible upbringing. I couldn't imagine having to experience life like that as a child

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