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The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family Paperback – August 1, 1997
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The true story of Dave Pelzer continues as he is rescued by teachers, social workers and foster parents from one of the most severe cases of child abuse documented in the State of California.
The Lost Boy recounts Dave's life from the ages of 12 through 18 from his placement in foster care to his enlistment in the U.S. Air Force. It is a story of indomitable spirit, unyielding faith and courage.
It is also a story of the professionals who serve children with their selflessness, dedication and love.
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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.
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About the Author
A retired Air Force crewmember, Dave played a major role in Operations Just cause, Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was selected for the unique task of midair refueling of the then highly secretive SR-71 Blackbird and F0117 Stealth Fighter. While serving in the Air Force, Dave worked in juvenile hall and other programs involving "youth at risk" throughout California. Dave's exceptional accomplishments include personal commendations from former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. While maintaining a rigorous, active-duty flight schedule, Dave was the recipient of the 1990 J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award, making him the California Volunteer of the Year. In 1993 Dave was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA), joining a distinguished group of alumni that includes Chuck Yeager, Christopher Reeve, Anne Bancroft, John F. Kennedy, Orson Welles and Walt Disney. In 1994 Dave was the only American to be selected as one of The Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP), for his efforts including child abuse awareness and prevention, as well as for instilling resilience in others. During the Centennial Olympic games, Dave was a torchbearer, carrying the coveted flame. Dave is currently working on a book based on overcoming obstacles and achieving one's innermost best, as well as on the third part of his trilogy, entitled, A Man Named Dave. When not on the road or with his son, Stephen, Dave lives a quiet life at the Russian River in Guerneville, California, with his box turtle named Chuck.
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You would think that things would finally start to get easier for David now that he is free from his mother's tyranny, but they don't. He just gets a new set of problems. The Lost Boy chronicles his life from age 12 to 18, and his search for a home and for people to love him.
Just like with A Child Called It, I read this book in one sitting. I simply could not put it down until I knew that David was going to be okay. I was so sad reading about what he has to go through as a foster child, especially how he just wants to be loved.
Ultimately, the book ends on an uplifting note. David's courage and strength of character are to be admired. He simply never gives up! I will most definitely read the third book, A Man Named Dave. I just have to know more about David's journey. I would recommend this book to anyone. It's a fast, moving, powerful read.