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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

Critic Reviews

"Pelzer's portrayal of domestic tyranny and eventual escape is unforgettable." ( School Library Journal)

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Black Friday sale 2017

I'm kind of skeptical of this book. Not sure if 100% of this book is real now that I'm older now. Read this book in elementary. I just don't believe the bleach and pneumonia incident. He could have died right on the spot. This book made me aware of how not to be a parent

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Such a sad story. I could never imagine. Worth the read. No child should ever be out through this.

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Amazing

I found this story very sad. I almost cried after every word he said. Wow

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Great book

It's a great book but it will make you cry so have tissues on hand

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  • Cathy
  • Mount Ville, PA, United States
  • 09-07-17

Not what I Rembered

I read this book when I was younger but came back to it as an adult and now I loth it.

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Amazing story!

This story was amazing! Sickeningly how a mother can treat her child like this! Bless you David Pelzer

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I love it can't wait to read the lost boy<br />

it was great loved it
can't wait to read the next book the lost boy.

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A great read. An eye opener to child abuse.

This book really opens your eyes on how he had the strength to survive abuse.

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amazing

I love this book. its heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time! I can see myself reading or, listening rather, to this book again.

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I don't know how to feel about this one

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I had actually read this book in paperback and I remember crying my eyes out. I thought I'd listen to the audio version because I had read it so long ago. For some reason it didn't seem as impactful. The ending was the worst part and I don't remember it ending like that. I don't know how to feel about this one.