A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive
This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an it.
Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive--dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.
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A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive is book #1 in the Dave Pelzer Book Series and comes before The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family
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Book Reviews (2)
A child called "it"
By Stacy D Dietrich , Jul 2, 2021
This was a book I couldn't put down, horrifying the way the boy was treated by his own mother and I couldn't imagine treating my children that way and I applaud the teachers and police that recognized the fear and torture he was going through instead of judging him because of his cleanliness which he could not help.
Recommended to buy: Yes
A Child Called It
By Felicia Yvonne Halton , May 26, 2021
I thought it was an inspiring story of a brave young boy's thriving to survive in a world of vicious abuse at the hands of a mother with severe psychological problems taken out on children and a father who turn a blind eye to the abuse who should have tried to get her help or raise the children himself or gave the children to someone else to raise if it was a problem with them both. But I was glad to see someone had the courage to reach out and help this poor soul and I was sad to read the abuse was continued onto another brother in the family after he was gone. I've known of cases of this happening to people I've known but I was glad they got help they needed as well. I think this book should be a required read for those looking to adopt children with problems so they can get a taste of some of the horrors of abuse some of these children go through and remember why these need a lot of love and understanding. I myself took foster parent class for helping foster children in our home it didn't work out we didn't qualify because we didn't have a big income but we had a house to house 6 children they told us at the time but we looked forward to helping out because everybody needs a loving home.
Recommended to buy: Yes