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A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive
by Dave Pelzer
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PublisherHCI
Release Date1995-09-01 (added to CC 18 Aug 2009)
Amazon Sales Rank630

This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it."

Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive--dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.


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(2 Jul)
It is not an easy read for an empath or someone who grew up in likeminded homes. It is not about feeling happy. However. every single time you feel sick, feel anger, feel like this book is trash because if hurts to read it- this book is a success. It strikes you over and over and you may have to take breaks, but Dave encased some of the hardest things you could experience and paired it along with the right amount of emotion and visual. I read a ton of memoirs, but they do not always make you feel from the beginning.
(23 Jun 2013)
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