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A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive Paperback – September 1, 1995
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Though it's a grim story, A Child Called "It" is very much in the tradition of Chicken Soup for the Couple's Soul and the many books in that upbeat series, whose author Pelzer thanks for helping get his book going. It's all about weathering adversity to find love, and Pelzer is an expert witness.
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This book is a perfect example of how the human spirit can provide strength in the toughest of situations. David's spirit helped him to survive through his mother's emotional and physical abuse. He refused to let his mother win. He had no one to help him so he learned how to fend for himself. His courage and determination saved him from all of the suffering that he endured at such a young age.
David is a living testament of resilience. His faith and personal responsibility helped him transform into an emotionally healthy and competent adult. A large percentage of emotionally and physically abused children become abusive in their adult years. The abusiveness could be a cycle, passed down from generation to generation. Their rage and pain of being abused could be turned on themselves or the ones they love. David, at a young age, showed strong signs of being a planner as well as a problem solver.Read more ›
Here are the reasons they love it:
1: Spoiler alert: In this true story, Pelzer's mother does unbelievable things to him. She makes him eat a bar of soap, a tablespoon of bleach, and the contents of his brother's diaper.
2: Grody alert: The scenes are explicit and visual. After his mother forces him to drink dish detergent, Pelzer says, "...diarrhea took hold...clumps of watery matter fell through my underwear and down my pants legs, to the floor."
3: It's fast and easy to read. Pelzer doesn't use big vocabulary words, and the type on the page is large and well-spaced.
4: In between the shocking abuse scenes, there are events all kids can relate to, such as bullies at school and made-up games in the backyard.
5: Pelzer's father's reactions to the abuse are fascinating and horrifying: "Jesus H. Christ! Does your mother know that you're in here talking to me? Damn it, boy, we don't need to do anything that might make her more upset! I don't need to go through that tonight...."
6: There is a thread of childish hope running through the book. Maybe his father will help him this time. Once in a while a caring adult at school notices his bruises.
7: The clincher: Pelzer's story took a "worst of" award.Read more ›
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I had bought this book at an airport book store, I was just wanting something to read while I took a 5 hour flight. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Comprehensive Review's
This book has touched me in ways that are inexplicable. I have read these novels several times and remain more brokenhearted as the novel continues. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Michael Justice
Truly Amazing in a horrifyingly morbid physcological way. Humans are capable of awe inspiring good. We are blessed with an amazing will of life and can recover and endure... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Shrecks
This book is an awesome look into child abuse but it is highly descriptive, therefore, brings out much emotion. Read morePublished 17 days ago
Awesome read. Reading it again for a second time in my adult life to see how I view it now. 👍🏾Published 18 days ago by ASIA