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A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive | [David Pelzer]

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

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.
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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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    Mark Acker Ozark, MO, United States 05-02-12
    Mark Acker Ozark, MO, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2011

    Husband, father, nurse, geek culture affianado, tech junkie, late-blooming history lover, armchair theologist, Lego enthusiast, and follower of Christ.

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    "Heartbreaking"

    Being an adoptive and foster parent myself, this story is especially personal. Some have questioned the plausibility of David Pelzer’s account. I certainly can believe it may be all true and have heard similar stories in my area. Even if some of the details have been changed or slightly exaggerated, it’s really irrelevant. There’s no question that the abuse this boy suffered is very real.

    Let this story inspire you to get involved! In my state alone there 1400 children in the foster care system looking for forever families.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Christy Franklin, IN, USA 06-07-09
    Christy Franklin, IN, USA 06-07-09
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    "Good one"

    I read this book before listening to it. I knew it would be good and it was. I recomend this.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 08-07-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 08-07-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Too Sad...."

    Just a horribly sad story. I feel so bad for that poor child. How could a mother be that cruel? Listener beware: some of the incidents are utterly gross. Not for those with light stomachs. I truly hopes this helps educate others on child abuse. Other than that, I thought this was a heartfelt story of a child who overcomes all obstacles in the end. With that said, considering the story's main character was a boy, you'd think they'd try a get a narrator with a younger voice. Safe to say, I wasn't too keen on the narrator as I thought this one's voice was dull and boring.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 09-02-08
    Robert 09-02-08
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    "Disturbing"

    I read this book a few years ago and nearly threw it out the window several times. Not because of the book itself, but because I couldn't take anymore descriptions of abuse.

    I witnessed the abuse of my brother while growing up. It was not nearly as extreme as the authors but it brought back many memories.

    For anyone that doubts the events in this book, please read the books written by the authors brother. When the author was removed, his brother became the target of their mothers abuse. He addresses and confirms many of the events in this and subsequent books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Bamber Phoenix, AZ, United States 05-11-12
    Amber Bamber Phoenix, AZ, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2009

    Mother of twins. No time to read, started listening to books 'n changing diapers at the same time. Been in love with audible ever since

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    "seriously emotional"
    What made the experience of listening to A Child Called 'It' the most enjoyable?

    I'm not sure enjoyable is the best term for such a dark experience. It's an important book on a serious subject. It deeply affected me. I had a physical reaction to some of the horror described in this book. And yet its a book I would recommend to anyone who could stomach it.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandrea Titusville, FL, United States 07-29-12
    Alexandrea Titusville, FL, United States 07-29-12
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    "The Most Touching Book I will Ever Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Child Called 'It' to be better than the print version?

    I hate reading without someone reading to me, be cause of my dyslexia. It made me enjoy this book so much more.


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

    None. There isn't anything like it


    What about Brian Keeler’s performance did you like?

    He read with emotion


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried the first time and I will cry every time I read it.


    Any additional comments?

    I had a similar life, and he taught me to keep my head up because its not over til its over. I also want to thank him, for the wonderful book he wrote

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    April Uvalde, TX, United States 01-10-12
    April Uvalde, TX, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Real"
    Would you listen to A Child Called 'It' again? Why?

    Definately. It holds your attention with a very real story.


    Which character – as performed by Brian Keeler – was your favorite?

    Dave Pelzer


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Phoenix, AZ, USA 02-06-08
    Sandra Phoenix, AZ, USA 02-06-08
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    "Great book, yet sad."

    It's a very great book to read, but it's so sad, it touches your heart.

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    Tanya Chantilly, Va, United States 12-06-12
    Tanya Chantilly, Va, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very descriptive and not uplifting"

    This gives detailed information on all of the awful things this child had to endure. The next book in the series, The Lost Boy, gives the same impression of child abuse without all of the nitty gritty details.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    annewbe 05-15-13
    annewbe 05-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "OMG! HORRIFYING!"

    The torture this poor boy went through is shocking & disgusting at the same time. I cried while reading this. I would read this book & the 2nd book again for sure!!

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  • Andy
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    10/7/07
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    "A stunner"

    Brilliant book, beautifully narrated by Brian Keeler. A emotional and turbulent insight into child abuse. Everyone should take a listen, you will be truly moved.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Clare Louise Panes
    Scotland UK
    8/17/14
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    "The boy called it."
    Would you listen to A Child Called 'It' again? Why?

    This is one of the best Audio books,I've read
    Once I started I couldn't put it down, from beginning to end. I've read the book, but a pal of mine said if you got audio books then download it. I cried through some of it,so that's me hooked, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has got audible to download and read it.



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  • Maria
    Laindon, United Kingdom
    2/23/12
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    "Eye watering."

    I was loathed to read this book because I hate child abuse, but tried it here as an audio book and pleased I did. It's oration is nice and smooth in contrast to the horrid behaviour David Pelzer endured. Trigger alert for Survivors on some parts. Great listen!

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