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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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    Danisha 04-10-16
    Danisha 04-10-16
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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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    Carolynn 09-03-15
    Carolynn 09-03-15
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    "Must read"

    This a a wonderful book and truly heart reaching story. A must read to all.

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    steve 06-08-15
    steve 06-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "This book is Amazing"

    I loved this book. It perfectly describes what it's like to be abused. I dislike the feeling I get when I listen to the punishments of the child, but I don't dislike anything about the narration or the story itself.

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    Carmen 04-24-15
    Carmen 04-24-15
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    "Wonderful"

    This book was so sad and touching. Very inspirational. Can't wait to read the next book. A definite must read.

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    Charisse 02-19-15
    Charisse 02-19-15
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    "Great book"

    Easy read, sad and heartfelt story. I loved reading this book as hard as it was at times, it was worth it.

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    alexis ewaniszyk 02-13-15
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    "Narration was awful!"

    I read this book years ago and so I didn't even listen to the audio sample.. the moment I heard the narrator's voice I was instantly regretful. It absolutely took the power from the book and made it sound so weird and disingenuous. I'm new at audio books, so it was a hard lesson learned to listen to the sample first. I think I'll stick with author narration so that at least I know it will be authentic. I really feel like the narrator made it sound like a weird joke. love the book, wish there were other narrators to choose from.

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    Yolanda 02-09-15
    Yolanda 02-09-15 Member Since 2013

    I read everything. I don't have much time so audible is perfect for me. My reviews will cover many genres of books. Christian to "Tween"

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    "Very insightful story."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Child Called 'It' to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Although I use print and audio, the novel was better with the audio.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Child Called 'It'?

    The whole book is unforgettable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A movie would be great but I'm sure it would be hard to make.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for young adults & teens too. It's a learning experience.

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    Tammy wood 02-07-15
    Tammy wood 02-07-15
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    great book lived listening to it. truly a sad story. the narrator did a wonderful job.

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