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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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Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Child abuse is something we all know about but Dave Peltzer's story takes us in his world as a child and basically provides you with another perspective on child abuse where you... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Soriyah Griffin
As a new author, I find this book to be incredibly painstaking. I truly love the subtle and evocative approach. It is moving, heart wrenching, and brilliantly written. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Anthony Woods
This book is so heartbreaking to read. I'm a school counselor and kids like this are ones I pray don't exist but knowing that they do I pray they aren't overlooked.Published 6 days ago by Me
Incredible book- read it in 1 night; bought the sequel the next day... A must read.Published 15 days ago by ljt
Author: Dave Pelzer
Title: A Child Called It
Genre: Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Phychology, Biography, Adult, Child Abuse, Family Relationship, Parenting &... Read more