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"
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[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.

Publisher: Deerfield Beach, Fla. : Health Communications, c1995
ISBN: 9781558743663
1558743669
9781435235632
1435235630
Branch Call Number: 362.7602 P
Characteristics: xi, 184 p. ; 19 cm.

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Jan 02, 2015
  • Bix_Brannigan rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A Child Called "It" is a horrifying, but true story of brutal child abuse whose boundaries went well beyond just mere cruelty.

This sad and very tragic story is told in unflinching detail by the person who experienced it, first hand, Dave Pelzer.

As a young boy Dave fell victim, time and again, to the hateful and sadistic wrath of his deranged and drunken mother, who showed him no mercy.

Now a grown man, Dave Pelzer recounts his experiences as a survivor of this terrible ordeal, hoping through his book that other children might be rescued from their hell on earth and not suffer so like he did.

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.

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

This book rates 5 stars.I say this because he tells you details about his life and how he suffered. He Shows you that you have to be grateful for the life that you have and your not the only one with problems in life. Dave Pelzer lived a rough life and he was able to live and tell the story. If you can relate to his life it lets you know that you can fight through the tough times and even when the toughest obstacle get in your way you cant give up. If you fall get up and try again. If your a child whose being abused though you may be scared tell the police or a teacher. Tell a grown up you can trust to help you. Life is not always easy but we cant give up just because it get a little difficult. Some people give up and take their life's but every one life is precious. Please read this book and share it with friend and family. Spread the word of the book "A child called it" and it'll show people that its ok not to give up on your self. **( If this comment offends anyone i'm sorry i didn't mean to offend you)**

Jun 15, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Meet Dave Pelzer.

Dave is a survivor of "real-life" child abuse of the severest kind. Dave (now a grown man) has written this book chronicling his horrific ordeal at the hands of his alcoholic, mentally-imbalanced mother.

Between the ages of 5 and 9 Dave repeatedly found himself a helpless victim while his crazed mother beat him, humiliated him, tortured him, and, yes, even poisoned him out of her utter hatred for him.

Although this shocking story is true, at times Dave's harrowing experiences seem to go beyond believability, It's the reaction to his punishments by the other members of his family (especially of his father) that will truly blow your mind.

But Dave was a survivor. And, being such, he endured all of the pain that his horrid mother had to dish out and he lived to tell the tale in this heart-breaking book that confirms that Dave was not just an "It".

Apr 20, 2014

This book was really sad. the very dark corners of child abuse by viewing to the readers his horrific life as a young boy living with his mother that constantly abused him. recommend this book because maybe by reading this we should try to treat people better because we don't know what they are going through .

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

didi115 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Feb 25, 2014

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Jul 02, 2013
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Jun 26, 2013
  • whitneych rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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May 28, 2013
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May 13, 2013
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Feb 18, 2013

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

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

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Aug 03, 2013

"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.”

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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

Jan 14, 2013
  • jk15_0 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Dave Pelzer, at around 5 years old started getting abused. He didn't feel like he was loved and the mother seemed like she wanted to kill him.He had to do chores and was starved, couldn't play with his brothers, couldn't play at all, and mostly got hit, punched, kicked, and other horrible things.

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

Jun 18, 2012

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.

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

Coarse Language: Not that much though.

Jan 22, 2012

Violence: Some parts may be very disturbing

Jan 22, 2012

Coarse Language: Words that may not be suitable for children

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