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The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family [Kindle Edition]

Dave Pelzer
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Book Description

"The Lost Boy" is the harrowing but ultimately uplifting true story of a boy's journey through the foster-care system in search of a family to love. This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequel to "A Child Called "It". The Lost Boy" is Pelzer's story--a moving sequel and inspirational read for all.



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From Library Journal

Following A Child Called It (Health Communications, 1995), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and appears frequently on high school reading lists, this is the second in a planned trilogy from motivational author and speaker Pelzer. Here he tells his story from the time he left his abusive mother and alcoholic father, through his experiences in five foster homes and juvenile detention, and how he eventually made it into the Air Force. He was a defiant, rebellious boy who, despite his background and personality, managed to endear himself to many guardians, social workers, and teachers. Pelzer writes in an honest, sometimes rambling, style; he is never bitter, and his story will find many sympathetic readers. However, he leaves many questions unanswered (which may appear in the third book), dealing with his adult-life relationships, his son, the mother of that child, and the ways he turned his life around. This is sure to be popular among students and readers who await a sequel to A Child Called It. Well recommended.?Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, Pa.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Dave Pelzer is recognised as one of AmericaÂ’s most effective and respected communicators addressing corporations, conventions and health/psychology/primary care workers. His unique accomplishments have garnered personal commendations from Ronald Reagan and George Bush. He was selected as torchbearer for the 1996 Olympic Torch relay. He has dedicated his life to helping others help themselves.

Product Details

  • File Size: 494 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1558745157
  • Publisher: Health Communications; Revised edition (August 1, 1997)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001OD41JS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,252 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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146 of 153 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The Lost Boy is an absolutely amazing true story of Dave Pelzer, which chronicles his years from 12 to 18 years of age as a foster child. This is book two of three and now I must go and read the other two books in the trilogy. I could not put this book down. I would recommend this book to everyone.
This will book will make you cry, it will make you mad, and at the end, you will be cheering and crying tears of joy for Dave. This book will break your heart and if you are a parent, you will be outraged at the abuse. Sadly, child abuse is so prevalent, and there are so many cunning, and devious parents out there, that some children do not get out and the abuse is "allowed" to go on and on or the child is killed.
Dave's strength, determination, and unbreakable spirit shine throughout this book. How he survived the brutality can only be called a miracle. It breaks my heart to read of such incredible abuse and one does have to thank the foster parents, social works and teachers in this child's life. Dave says, "It takes a community to save a child", and I wholeheartedly agree.
Dave takes you through his five different foster families during his adolescent years and his desperate determination to find the love of a family and a "home" propels him by not abandoning hope.
Dave's inner strength, courage, and fortitude are a shining inspiration to us all. God bless you Dave and the work that you are doing to help other children. Thank you for opening our eyes and sharing "your" story.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will there ever be Justice for abuse? March 24, 2000
Format:Paperback
This book is a sequel to the book, "A Child Called It." Like the first book, this one is also a very emotional experience for the reader. I experienced feelings of anger, sadness, and frustration. The first chapter reveals how the first book ended with the boy being rescued from his abusive mother. The proceeding chapters go in depth of the child's life in foster care and institutions, always in search of a loving family to care for him. Whats frustrating about this particular book, and like the first, is that it never reveals any consequences the abusive mother recieved. In fact, in this sequel, she still tries to get to him and continues to manipulate the system. What's appalling is she is allowed to do this with little or no consequences. I feel this book should be read by everyone in order to make anyone who can make a difference in our society aware of this issue. It's my hope that in the last sequel, it reveals some of the consequences the abuser recieves to put closure to this issue. Thats why, I feel, the reader feels so frustrated and helpless. These are excellent books by Dave Pelzer. I highly recommend them.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book and the previous A CHILD CALLED IT provide an engrossing view of child abuse and the needs of those rescued from its grip. It is most helpful precisely because it comes from the point of view of the child as he is living it rather than from well-meaning experts who look from the outside in. As the guardian of a formerly abused youngster, I was particularly interested in the emotional stages that David went through after his rescue. His skill in expressing his own frustratation with himself and his reactions to those who wanted to help him is extraordinary. His story has helped me to help my own "foster" son and to better understand what he has gone through even though he himself cannot yet explain much of his behavior. I hope he will someday feel comfortable about reading THE LOST BOY and perhaps telling his own story after the wounds of his experience have become less raw. I anxiously await the third book in the series, for I wonder how the final healing has taken place for Mr. Pelzer. What has happened to his parents; did he ever learn why his mother behaved as she did? How has he learned to parent his own child in the absence of a proper example in his childhood? I think the answers to these questions might show the way for many like him who are even now struggling not to survive, or to find a family, but to heal.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From a Foster Mother's Heart... June 9, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Thank you, Mr. Pelzer, for writing your heart in this book. As a foster mother of three little ones, 5, 5, and 3, my heart always breaks for what they have seen and what I do not know yet that they have seen or experienced. You have let the world know that all foster parents are not monsters--and in fact, we try very hard to make our homes better and safer than some biological families' homes. The reason people become foster parents varies as widely as the reason children go into foster care. Each child is special and each child deserves the best care and the sweetest love they can receive. I could not put your book down after I bought it at the airport. My heart broke for your loss and your continued struggle to understand why your mother did those horrific things to you and your family. One could quickly blame the alchohol, but my heart ached as you continually tried to uncover what it was you could have done to make things turn out differently. Sometimes, we do not find the answers in this lifetime---your courage and honesty are appreciated. I highly recommend this book to any parent or anyone who is curious about "the system." My hat is off to you, Mr. Pelzer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this and plan on sharing this story with my ...
Of course this is a classic. I love this and plan on sharing this story with my children when they are old enough to handle the truth about what happens in the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real great story about after his abusive childhood
I absolutely LOVED this book. This book tell you about 12 years of age to 18 years of age of Dave Pelzer's childhood after he got rescued from his alcoholic and abusive mother. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Renzo Calore
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Amazing book I really enjoyed reading it and I would deffinitley recommend it to someone else. I really liked it
Published 6 days ago by mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Heartbreaking and unbelievable story.
Published 9 days ago by Donna Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is Amazing
I really liked how he kept his courage up. I would recommend this book to my best friend. I feel like it will change her heart greatly.
Published 10 days ago by HoustonLisa
3.0 out of 5 stars Bookmark
I loved this book. It explains how he survived his abuse. I am proud of him making something of his life.
Published 11 days ago by Judy Ricker
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Tragic Horror Story
The only reason I don't LOVE this book is because it's so tragic. It literally made me cry. And not once. It's a great inspiration, of course. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Jake872
5.0 out of 5 stars How anyone treat anyone let alone their own child, ...
How anyone treats anyone, let alone their own child, in the manner this mother did is beyond me. She is a person that truly needs the saving, deliverance GRACE OF GOD!!! Read more
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars riveting memoir
The Lost Boy is one of those books that I had a hard time putting down. Pelzer's life story, after being rescued from years of brutal child abuse, is riveting. Read more
Published 14 days ago by G. Mellen
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Good book but retorical at points had a hard time staying interested
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Overcoming a life threatening childhood, Dave Pelzer is the epitome of a self-made man. For over twenty years, Dave has been a catalyst for dramatic social change by promoting resilience. Dave's prestigious accomplishments include personal commendations from Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton and George W. Bush. In 1993, Dave was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans. A year later Dave was the only American to be honored as The Outstanding Young Persons of the World! In 2005, Dave was presented with the National Jefferson Award, which is considered to be the Pulitzer Prize for public service. Dave is also the author of seven life changing books, beginning with A Child Called "It" that started a world-wide phenomenon. His newest book, Too Close To Me is being released September 1, 2014.

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