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
"Pelzer's portrayal of domestic tyranny and eventual escape is unforgettable." (School Library Journal)
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
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.
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.
Its my all time favorite I love the story
all of Daves books are wonerful
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!
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.
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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