[]
[]

A Child Called "it"

One Child's Courage to Survive
Pelzer, David J. (Book - 1995 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
A Child Called "it"
Print

Item Details

[This book] is [an] 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 torturous, 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." -Back cover.
Authors: Pelzer, David J.
Statement of Responsibility: Dave Pelzer
Title: A child called "it"
one child's courage to survive
Publisher: Deerfield Beach, Fla. : Health Communications, c1995
Characteristics: xi, 184 p. ; 19 cm.
Notes: Originally published: Omaha, Neb. : Omaha Press Pub. Co., 1993
Contents: Rescue
Good times
Bad boy
Fight for food
Accident
While father is away
The Lord's prayer
Summary: [This book] is [an] 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 torturous, 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." -Back cover.
Subject Headings: Pelzer, David J Children of alcoholics California Daly City Biography Abusive mothers Family relationships California Daly City Family violence California Daly City Foster home care California Abused children California Daly City Biography
Topical Term: Children of alcoholics
Abusive mothers
Family violence
Foster home care
Abused children
LCCN: 95020792
ISBN: 9781558743663
1558743669
9781435235632
1435235630
Branch Call Number: 362.7602 P
MARC Display»

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

Jul 10, 2014
  • zaaynity rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a very emotional and depressing book, and it shows how Dave Pelzer has been denied by his own mother and possibly his own father. Pelzer shows that he has went through his sadistic mother's tricks. It is a very depressing but this is a very good book where you can understand people's feelings. I just can't believe his own mother would use abuse, physical and emotional abuse towards her own son.

Jul 10, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I cried a lot while reading this book because of the abuse that this child had to go through.

Jul 09, 2014
  • chrisgotstacks rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

very sad story :-[

Jul 09, 2014
  • cheekylove26 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this and was heartbroken that David was abused as a child:(

Jul 09, 2014
  • amani2012 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book has has math and reading

Jul 09, 2014
  • didi115 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was very sad but you can also learn how life is for certain kids and why you shouldn't tease them. at the end Dave was okay but still with "The Mother" and he still found a way to survive through all the things she put him through.

this book is very very very sad )3 the kid goes thru many tortures i cant imajine how hard it is 2 go thru that much made me cry the hole time thruout the story GOOD BOOK

This book is so touching.We complain about how our lives are bad but its nothing compared to what this child suffered.

Aug 22, 2012
  • jwadlow rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I felt bad for David that his mother abused him. If I was him, I would've beat the crap out of that woman.

Aug 15, 2012
  • princessbeautyqueen15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this is the best book ever. dave pelzer shares his story with other. when people say their life sucks, they will have to learn the real meaning of how a life sucks when reading this book

View All Comments

Age

Add Age Suitability

Jul 09, 2014
  • didi115 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

didi115 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

taznem98 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

May 13, 2013
  • yellow_butterfly_335 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

yellow_butterfly_335 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

black_bat_1936 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Jul 19, 2012
  • blue_butterfly_805 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

blue_butterfly_805 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Jul 13, 2012
  • white_panda_194 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

white_panda_194 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Summary

Add a Summary

Jul 09, 2014
  • violet_cobra_28 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is about a boy who had it all a loving family,a home to go home to,food on the table ,and much more.....Until his mother gets and drinks. He has got brutally beaten by his mother (She stabed him, made him put his hands on the stove ,made him eat him baby brothers waste, and much more.) But an the end he no longer has to live like that.

Jul 09, 2014
  • didi115 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is about a boy who once lived in a loving enviroment untill his mom got sick and drank. He started to suffer. He never took showers, sometimes gets to eat his brothers left overs if he completed his chores in the time he was given, he face harsh punishments like being locked in a bathroom with harsh chemicals. Even through all the hard things Dave was able to act tough and get through it every morning. He never tells anyone and he still loves his mother very much even through every thing she has done to him.

Jul 13, 2013
  • ARIELA CHRISTIANI rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

based on how this book sounded it reminded me of the movie the color purple. there was so much abuse that this little boy went through. not to mention how bad his childhood was I don think I could ever have a mother who smokes all day and doesn't feed her children it seems so unethical. and to top it all off she makes him wear the same clothes for the past 2 years and takes abuse to the highest but the way how the author described what the child life was like can leave you in a state of confusion

Jun 23, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

[This book] is [an] 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 torturous, unpredictable games - games that left him nearly dead. He had

Dave gets abused by his mother . The teachers want to do something about it by cant because this is consider discipline your child 1920’s. Dave got rescues from this mother’s womb in 1970’s I believe.

Notices

Add a Notice

Jul 09, 2014
  • didi115 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Not that much though.

Quotes

Add a Quote

"Children are not our property, and they are not ours to control any more that we were our parents' property or theirs to control."

Jun 23, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I was abused my family was the "brady bunch”

Jun 23, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As I stand facing the beauty of the never-ending Pacific Ocean, a late afternoon breeze blows down from the hills behind. As always, it is a beautiful day. The sun is making its final descent. The magic is about to begin. The skies are ready to burn with brilliance, as it turns from a soft blue to a bright orange. Looking towards the West, I stare in awe at the hypnotic power of the waves. A giant curl begins to take form, then breaks with a thundering clap as it crashes on the shore.”

Jun 23, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“i will stay alive.”

Jun 23, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I told myself no matter what she did i would not let the b**** take me down”

Jun 23, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Even in its darkest passages, the heart is unconquerable. It is important that the body survives, but it is more meaningful that the human spirit prevails.”

Jun 23, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“It is important for people to know that no matter what lies in theri past, they can overcome the dark side and press on the a brighter world.”

Jun 23, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“At night I no longer dreamed, nor did I let my imagination work during the day. The once vibrant escapes of watching myself fly through the clouds in bright blue costumes, were now a thing of the past. When I fell asleep, my soul became consumed in a black void. I no longer awoke in the mornings refreshed; I was tired and told myself that I had one day less to live in this world. I shuffled through my chores, dreading every moment of every day. With no dreams, I found that words like hope and faith were only letters, randomly put together into something meaningless - words only for fairy tales. ”

Jun 23, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Inside, my soul became so cold I hated everything. I even despised the sun, for I knew I would never be able to play in its warm presence. I cringed with hate whenever I heard other children laughing, as they played outside. My stomach coiled whenever I smelled food that was about to be served to somebody else, knowing it wasn't for me.”

Jun 23, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“One could come from less than humble beginnings, to become a winner from within.”

View All Quotes

Videos

Add a Video

There are no videos for this title yet.

Find it at NYPL

  Loading...

Other Formats

Buy It Now

Support your library, keep it forever!

View Purchase Options Learn more about this program

Your Cart

Hello! We noticed you have the following items in your cart right now:

If you'd still like to purchase the items you have in your cart, you can do that now.

You'll be able to purchase your eBook after you have checked out your current cart.

A Child Called "it"
Pelzer, David J.
A Child Called "it"

To continue with your eBook purchase immediately, you can clear your cart by clicking below.

All items will be removed from your cart.


I'd like to keep browsing! I'll decide later.

Explore Further


Browse the Shelf

Subject Headings


Recommendations

  Loading...

Powered by BiblioCommons.
app04 Version sidamo (sidamo) Last updated 2014/09/15 11:31