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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (154,347 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Pelzer Narrator: Brian Keeler Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Stephanie Scott | 2/12/2014

    " When I first read this book in high school, I thought it was probably true, but things have always nagged me. How did this kid survive mustard gas and swallowing ammonia and bleach by the spoonful? How did he survive a stab wound without medical treatment and without infection? There's something about this account that makes me unwilling to believe it. Aside from that, the whole thing is just gorno- page after page describing the nitty gritty details of this kid getting poisoned and beaten and starved by his mother and ignored by his father and brothers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amal Fadoo | 2/11/2014

    " The book A Child Called "It" is a biography about the author, Dave. He was abused as a child and talks about his childhood in his book. The book is very strong and shows his childhood very clearly. The book starts off with him going to school, telling the reader what his everyday life is like. In chapter 2, the author starts to mention how all this started. Dave's family wasn't always like this. His mother and father loved him a lot and all lived happily. Soon his mother started drinking and starts abusing Dave. He talks about how his mother used to say he is a "Bad boy" because he was a mischievous little kid. Soon his mother doesn't give him food, therefore at school he steals food from the other children. Towards the end, his mother apologizes and lets him eat a proper meal with the family. Sadly, that doesn't last for long. She soon starts abusing him again. In the last chapter, as Dave gets older, he becomes more rebellious and his teacher starts wondering why. Dave starts to develop a relationship with his little brother Kevin but is not allowed to see him. The book end with Dave praying to god hoping all becomes better. I feel the book was good overall but was a bit repetitive. It has a lot of emotion lots of detail about how the mother abuses him. This book was one I couldn't put down. With all the details, one can visualize the pain and suffering Dave went through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alicia Rakowski-florin | 2/8/2014

    " hard to read but such a life lesson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Atiqa Akim | 2/8/2014

    " the best memoir i've ever read. Regardless of some people claimed these are all made up, i am just going to assume that these certain people are unable to grasp and accept how terrible the relationship between Dave and his mother was. Heck i dont think terrible is the correct word. His mother is a monster, yes but i think his father is the real asshole in the story. Going to read the 2nd and 3rd book very soon. "

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