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A Child Called 'It': One child's courage to survive

A Child Called 'It': One child's courage to survive [Kindle Edition]

Dave Pelzer
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (794 customer reviews)

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David J. Pelzer's mother, Catherine Roerva, was, he writes in this ghastly, fascinating memoir, a devoted den mother to the Cub Scouts in her care but not to David, her son, whom she referred to as "an It". This book is a brief, horrifying account of the bizarre tortures she inflicted on him, told from the point of view of the author as a young boy being starved, stabbed, smashed face-first into mirrors, forced to eat the contents of his sibling's diapers and a spoonful of ammonia, and burned over a gas stove by a maniacal, alcoholic mom. Sometimes she claimed he had violated some rule--no walking on the grass at school--but mostly it was pure sadism. Inexplicably, his father didn't protect him; only an alert schoolteacher saved David. One wants to learn more about his ordeal and its aftermath, and now he's written a sequel,The Lost Boy, detailing his life in the foster-care system.

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.--Christine Buttery

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A harrowing, yet inspiring true story of a young boy's abusive childhood, from internationally bestselling author Dave Pelzer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 421 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Edition edition (24 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TO5AIQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (794 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic but heartbreaking 27 Aug 2001
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Dave's account of his early years was probably the most horrific but inspirational book I have ever read. He suffered physical and emotional abuse in the highest degree but somehow maintained the strength of character to survive. To imagine a mother stabbing, burning and forcing a child to eat his own vomit is mind blowing. Dave's account however is not one that dwells on the tragedy of it all but very much focuses on his determination to survive. I was unable to put this book down and rushed out to buy the other two books in the series. I would very much recommend his accounts of his time through foster care and adulthood in 'The lost boy' and 'A man named Dave'
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tear of pride 27 Sep 2004
Because I already know what the human species is like, much of the story rang frighteningly true, and I soon found myself half way through the book. Ever tried reading and cooking at the same time? I found out I can!
I started reading this book after lunch yesterday, and by 2am I had finished the second book "The Lost Boy" as well. I should finish the third sometime tonight, though it is a heck of a lot longer than the other two.
Excellent reading for anyone who thinks they had a rough deal growing up. Even my own issues and problems seemed so insignificant in relation to his early beginnings.
Dave Pelzer has opened my eyes a little wider than I expected, and made me realise that for all the great things the human species does, there are things that smack us straight back to the reality of our frailty. To understand human nature, we need to understand every aspect of it - form the most pleasant through to the most evil. I hasten to add that there must be more evil than pleasantry, or our species would not act the way it does.
Had I been in his shoes, I know I would most likely have given up the will to live and succeed. Okay, what happened to me was bad, but it didn't last more than a few months at the most, and wasn't regular. To go through four or five years of this daily ritual abuse must have been unbearable, and I wonder at the questions he must have asked himself all the way through it.
Finding someone to talk to about what's happening is the hardest thing to do, and I am sick and tired of people asking me why I didn't tell ... why I had a list of excuses for things. In the book, Dave talks about the signs ... signs like a lack of concentration, a lack of personal hygiene and a lack of self esteem.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Test of Emotions 29 May 2003
This is a compelling read, which leaves the reader feeling disturbed, confused and angry. It is a book that you will read in one go, for it is impossible to put down once you start. When you reach the end, there are more questions in the readers mind than there are answers, you may not cry, but you will feel overwhelmed with many different emotions. It is hard to believe that this is a true story, simply because it is so unbelievable and because many us will never experience any think like this, or here of anything like this in our lives. It's a story of a mother's cruel abuse and a boy's ability to survive.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True human spirit and the willingness to survive 24 Oct 2003
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I picked this book up off my sisters kitchen table in curiosity. For the next four hours I sat in the same chair and did not move, speak and sometimes even breathe until I had read every last word. My partner walked into the room and I just stood there in front of him and cried. Never have I been so moved by a book that shows the sheer cruelty and depravity that human nature can inflict on the most vunerable, and yet at the same time show how strong the human spirit can be. So many times we hear how people have had hard lives and yet how anyone can complain after hearing what evil a small boy can endure and still come out the other side not only a sane person but a signal of what we can really do with our lives and the goodness and love we can bring to people is unimaginable.
This book will make you want to hold every child in your arms and protect them forever against the world and hope that nothing like this could ever be allowed to happen to anyone again.
I spend everyday wishing I had never read the book as it still creates horrible images in my head yet am thankful I have so I can now understand how lucky my life is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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'A Child Called "It"' takes the reader to the childhood of the author; one where love is scarce and abuse is frequent. This isn't a book for the faint-hearted, but the fact that Dave Pelzer lives to tell the tale makes the reader believe in determination and hope, no matter what the circumstances.
To fully understand the story you should read all his books as they trace his move from abused child, through confused adolescence and to adulthood where he can finally put his demons to rest. One can never imagine the suffering that this man endured at the hands of his mother, but nonetheless his writing is frank and compelling. This book has moved me like no other.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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How can a mother treat her own child this way? Worse still how can a mother treat one of her children this way whilst nurturing the others? I found this book extremely harrowing, shocking and disturbing yet I was compelled to read more. For anyone who has ever been the subject of any form of abuse this book will help to dispel any thoughts regarding their role. It was the mother who had the problem yet Dave still loved her, still craved her affection and acceptance. If you read this book you must be prepared to read all three.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This was a present so can't review.
Published 4 days ago by J K GARVEN
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the read
The book on a whole hasn't been written very well making it very boring to read in parts. The story it tells is incredibly sad but it could have been portrayed far better.
Published 17 days ago by Becky Prince
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sad story
This is a very sad story and is hard to believe all this really happened. It is good to get these things out in the open.
Published 1 month ago by San
5.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting Reading
This book is right up my street as i cant get into fiction Also I was born and brought up in Ireland and there was a lot of child abuse dished out there I now have the three books... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patrick Doherty
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality... fast shipping!
I was so excited to find this audio book online and for a reasonable price. I am an AP Psychology teacher and really wanted to share this with my multi-cultural class. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stefanie M Pierce
4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking
Shocking account of a real life story. The book was well written and maintained my interest throughout. Would recommend as s heavy read.
Published 3 months ago by chelsea mills
2.0 out of 5 stars My personal review
Rather too explicit for me, it quite upset me at times,i had to keep putting it was so depressing
Published 3 months ago by Valerie Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring
How a boy survived hell- made me realise how precious life is and how lucky I am- inspiring, sad, fantastic!
Published 4 months ago by Miss K. L. Adgie
4.0 out of 5 stars a boy named It
Hard to understand why a mother could treat her own child in such a cruel way I really enjoyed this book now ready for A Boy named Dave
Published 4 months ago by Anne Burrows
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I loved this book so much that I finished it in 2 days as I was hooked. I loved it.
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