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4.24 out of 54.24 out of 54.24 out of 54.24 out of 54.24 out of 5 4.24 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Pelzer Narrator: Brian Keeler Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amapola Morales | 2/3/2014

    " This is one of my top favorite books!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alondra Sanchez | 2/1/2014

    " Imagine being treated like a slave in your own home by your own mom, imagine how hard and devastating that would be. In this book the author talks about his own story how they would treat him him when his mother would start drinking. his father was a fire fighter and as soon as he would go to work his mom would send him to the garage to live there. He would suffer so much. She would make him do all of the dirty work and would make him starve and he would show up to school with bruses and burns all over his body. His teacher would have to put up with it. His mom would pound his head on the wall every morning before school. His teacher noticed that he would come to school with many bruses and with cuts. So she sent him to the office to be checked and the nurse realized he was being abused. The teacher made them take dave away from his parents and he got put in foster home. Read more to see how dave is doing in his life now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Miller | 2/1/2014

    " This auto-biography tradegy about a child's (his) life with his alcoholoic, abusive mother who made his life a living hell. Through all of the physical and mental abuse the only thing the child could look forward to were the things imagined in his dreams - as there was nothing else going for him. This book is a specific example of the common problem of child abuse, which is prevelant around the world - especially in relation to poverty stricten, alcohol corrupted households. Whenever there was a glimpse of hope for this poor child, it would be ultimately shot down by the monstrosity of a mother. This book can be selectively used in middle aged classrooms, as it has characteristics of a children's chapter book - but with intense tragic material. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Novy Meisa | 1/18/2014

    " no word else for this book, sadistic "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 1/16/2014

    " Missing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/13/2014

    " Very very hard to read. Read it in fits and starts since I could only take about a chapter at a time before I had to set it down and come back to it much later. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenna | 12/9/2013

    " It's disgusting that it is not a work of fiction "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina Otto | 11/5/2013

    " i want to read it but i dont know how to get in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaleb | 10/28/2013

    " this is a great book. i think this is a book for anyone. it is crazy what this kid goes through and still doesnt want to kill himself "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Naughton | 9/16/2013

    " Let me just say I hate books like this. However I read this and could not put it down. It must take tremendous courage to write about your life when it has been so harrowing. A great read as macabre as it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felicia Madeline | 6/8/2013

    " This book stunned me the moment I started reading it. This book is just unforgettable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill Vaughn | 4/24/2013

    " Gave this one three stars only in case it is true. The book is poorly written, loaded with cliches, and includes simply unbelievable scenarios. I smell a rat. But, if the abuse really happened as Pelzer says it did, then three stars it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali Macgregor | 11/3/2012

    " Just a warning: This is a true story about severe childhood abuse and resilience. As heartbreaking as it gets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorrie Willard | 10/22/2012

    " Such a horrible, sad story. It hurts to imagine it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Hicks | 9/18/2012

    " Well done but oh so depressing!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tiffany Rutherford | 8/3/2012

    " I hated this book. So horrible "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 7/23/2012

    " Very sad story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke Schuh | 5/7/2012

    " all i can say it wow "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny Shokouhi | 2/1/2012

    " Such a great book, shows the extraordinary measures a young boy does to stay alive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/31/2012

    " The story is awful and sickening. The writing was elementary. Very hard to review because of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angelique Elsie | 1/14/2012

    " Yet another very sad story of an abused child, the book was short and I finished in a day, but the story was still upsetting. I wish Dave Pelzer all the best for his future. He was a lucky child to have escaped, survived and told his story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loni | 9/28/2011

    " sad book but makes one appresiate their own life... things could always be worse "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Siara Crespo | 8/9/2011

    " Pretty graphic but good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 6/29/2011

    " This was a very sad book. I enjoyed reading it but it made me cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Leah | 6/27/2011

    " This book is heart-rendering. If you ever want to be thankful with the life you have and the parents that care for you, read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vida | 6/27/2011

    " This book is amazing it will give you so maany emotions it a really good and sad book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathie | 6/26/2011

    " I could not put this book down. I wanted to see if he could get through everything, and he did. He fought his way out. This book was inspirational, and it was also sad. But, it is a good read, and I recommend it. It teaches valuable lessons in life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/26/2011

    " Amazing what some people do to their kids
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon | 6/24/2011

    " I think about this is that is a good book how the kid get bets and dont get feed and he find a bad way to get fed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan[: | 6/23/2011

    " This was the best book in the world[: "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalia | 6/23/2011

    " This book was amazing the way the author made the details so easy to imagine. It was very sad and upsetting that Dave Pelzer had to suffer at a young age for no reason. He is an amazing author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 6/23/2011

    " Book kept me reading. It's very sad when you can keep reading a book about child abuse. I recommend this book so that people will know what happened to this little boy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmine (Jay) | 6/22/2011

    " I met Dave Peltzer when I was teenager. He is a beautiful person. His life story will break your heart and make you whole when you read what he endured and how he came out a great human being in the end. It will inspire and touch the child in us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah | 6/22/2011

    " I couldn't believe how real this really was!!! "

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