A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer #1) by Dave Pelzer

A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive by [Pelzer, Dave]

Title: A Child Called "It"
Author: Dave Pelzer
Publisher: HCI
Pages: 206
Genre: Child Abuse 
Published: Jan. 1, 2010
Review: library book
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk

Dave Pelzer's astonishing, disturbing account of his early years describes one of the most severe child-abuse cases in California history.
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.

So this book was recommended to me from another fellow reader as part of one of the books that would expand my horizons. Honestly I was not expecting the graphics of this book. I literally was in tears throughout the whole book because I can't imagine this happening to a child. I mean honestly what kind of parent does this and the father just sits by and lets it happen. I had a lot of questions as I was reading it. What made Dave different than his siblings? Why did the father not do anything? He didn't seem scared of his wife or at least it was never brought up. I felt that I was left with a cliffhanger I want to know did the other kids get away from their mother or were they left in her care?
This isn't a book you can like or enjoy it just brings to light the horrors that some children have to go through when living in an abusive household. 

Dave PelzerAn author best known for his 1995 memoir of childhood abuse, A Child Called It.

At the age of 12, Dave was removed from an abusive home and placed in a series of foster homes. In 1979, he joined the Air Force and later became an author of memoirs and self-improvement books.


August 2017 - We are very excited to announce that writer/producer David Goldblum of Conscious Contact Productions has acquired the film rights to Dave Pelzer's, #1 New York Times bestselling book, A Child Called “IT” which was on the New York Times Best Sellers List for a record breaking six years. Tamlin Hall, whose film Holden On has won multiple awards around the country is attached to direct. Dave Pelzer is adapting the screenplay alongside Goldblum and Hall. The movie is in pre-production, with production set to begin in Spring 2018. A-List talent are already circling the project. Be sure and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.


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