A Child Called It - Dave Pelzer. Kindle Ed. Now 99p @ amazon
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A Child Called It - Dave Pelzer. Kindle Ed. Now 99p @ amazon

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

Dave Pelzer was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother - a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games. She no longer considered Dave a son, but a slave; no longer a boy, but an ‘it’.

His bed was an old army cot in the basement, his clothes were torn and unwashed, and when he was allowed the luxury of food it was scraps from the dog’s bowl. The outside world knew nothing of the nightmare played out behind closed doors. But throughout Dave kept alive dreams of finding a family to love him. This book covers the early years of his life and is an affecting and inspirational book of the horrors of child abuse and the steadfast determination of one child to survive.

Amazon Review
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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KrispiiDuck12 m ago

It's a tough but inspiring read.


I remember my wife telling me about it. There’s no way I’d read it tho! There’s enough depression in the world
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It's a tough but inspiring read.
KrispiiDuck12 m ago

It's a tough but inspiring read.


I remember my wife telling me about it. There’s no way I’d read it tho! There’s enough depression in the world
It was the book that got me hooked on reading! There are 3 in the series and also the authors brother wrote one as well
This was the first 'misery' book that my wife ever read. The first of hundreds. She loves them.
great book! read the others as well
scrumpypaul8 h, 33 m ago

This was the first 'misery' book that my wife ever read. The first of …This was the first 'misery' book that my wife ever read. The first of hundreds. She loves them.


We have women at work who eat these books up by the dozen. Crass voyeurism.
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