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A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive

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Brian Keeler

3 Hours 48 Minutes

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July 2007

Audio Book Summary

Dave Pelzer's astonishing, disturbing account of his early years describes one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. This book has spent over 175 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Dave was in first grade when his unstable alcoholic mother began attacking him. Until he was in fifth grade, she starved, beat and psychologically ravaged her son. Eventually denying even his identity, Dave's mother called him an 'it' instead of using his name. Relentlessly, she drove him to the brink of death before authorities finally stepped in. With faith and hope, Dave grew determined to survive. He also knew that he needed to share his story. A Child Called 'It' is the first of three books that chronicle his life. Through publications and public appearances, Dave is now recognized as one of the nation's most effective and respected speakers about child abuse.

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  • J Schwarz

    I was in love with every word. Heart breaking, enlightening and a lesson of hope.

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  • Libby H.

    This book will stay with me forever, despite all that was recounted from his memories of his mother\'s hatred it is an excellent story of survival of being told to sit on his hands all day with no food or water Dave Pelzer is an amazing man. The stories are continued in three more books. Also, please read One Child by Torey Hayden another book very similar to this in narrative.

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  • Anonymous

    As soon as I finished this book I downloaded, Lost Boy, by David Pelzer. The books inspired me to contact our county CASA organization and become a CASA!

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  • Bridget S.

    I love this book, such a heartbreaking tear jerking story, but definitely one of my favorite book of all times. I've read this one and " The Lost Boy" and "A Man Named Dave" multiple times.

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  • Adam T.

    I think his father was a weak man..

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  • Yvonne M.

    i could read this book over and over...its a story...she is a monster no kid should live that way

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  • Ginny B.

    A sad book that was hard to continue at times, but I’m glad I did see it through to the end.

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  • Heather G.

    I love this book and how it describes what he felt during all these bad times

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  • Jennifer Hammond

    I have read and listened to these books a dozen times. Very sad and heartbreaking the amount of torture and sadness brought to a little boy. I cry every time. It definitely touches my heart.

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  • Claire M.

    Gripping yet heartbreaking. There are no words to describe . This book makes you sad, angry, tearful and yet brought the odd smile at this poor boys mini ‘triumphs’ in life.

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