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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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    Michael 12-23-16
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    "Saddest story I have ever heard."

    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!

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    Deanna D'Alessandro 12-13-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Not for the faint of heart"

    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.

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    Autumn 11-17-16
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    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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    joselyn 11-07-16
    joselyn 11-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "So sad"

    It was just an awful story, not the book but his pain. Made me cry

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    kimberlee 10-08-16
    kimberlee 10-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "what a powerful book!"

    loved the book but at times I had to turn it off because It both angered and saddened me to hear what this poor child had been put through.

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    alisha 09-29-16
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    "Heart wrenching!"

    What a great but sad story. I can not wait to read the next one.

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    Huston 09-27-16
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    "Not for the faint of heart."

    There are definitely many moments that are hard to swallow; but for those who choose to know and feel what this boy went through, this story is captivating. With credit to the narrator, The story is delivered with a strong balance of boyish perspective and the harsh reality of what he went through.

    I felt a few questions were left unanswered, but then again that can be seen as part of the story. Also appreciated was the epilogue, associated perspectives, and resources.

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    Kayla Gillette 08-28-16
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    "it was not the full book"

    it was not the full book if I remember correctly there was a lot more to it

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    Amazon Customer 08-10-16
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    "Wow!!! Expect tears and heartache"

    The story told in the book is unfortunately told very well. It is very hard but at the same time easy to believe that there really are people out there that do this kind of thing. And to think of how many children go through things like this is disgusting. I'd recommend the book on audio instead of paper for this reason. On audio you can get a little distracted with seeing something or easily being interrupted and distracted. Reading the book would have you a lot more focused and involved which in my opinion would cause you to feel more of the emotions which are very deep. The book would cause a lot more tears and feel a lot more of the pain and suffering that the child went through. I don't think you could be any more angered either way you whether you read or listen to it. You'll still end up being pissed off at some point!

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    Tonya C. Wimberley 08-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Heart Breaking"

    My husband and I are foster parents. This book reaffirms our dedication to caring for abused and neglected children. We were in tears as we listened to this account. I'm so glad he had a happy ending.

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