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

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57 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

The bravest of the brave

A Child Called "It", written by David Pelzer, is a heartbreaking memoir about a young boy looking for love. His violently abusive mother beats him constantly, with the stench of alcohol in her breath, while his so called "hero" of a dad and four brothers refuse to help....
A Child Called "It", written by David Pelzer, is a heartbreaking memoir about a young boy looking for love. His violently abusive mother beats him constantly, with the stench of alcohol in her breath, while his so called "hero" of a dad and four brothers refuse to help. After David runs to school every day, because his mother won't give him a ride, the school nurse examines him one day and notices all of his cuts and bruises. Even though the nurse thinks that his mother is abusive, David, out of fear, will not tell the family's secret. One day, David's mother pulls his arm out of his socket. When she takes David to the hospital, she lies and says he fell out of bed but that she was too late to try to catch him. It seems that the more she hurts David, the better liar she gets. But that's not even the half of it. David's nightmare is the worst case of child abuse I have ever heard of.
Even though the book was sad, it had to be one of the most inspiring memoirs I have ever read. David Pelzer must be the BRAVEST person I will ever hear about! Out of five stars, I would definitely give this book five, even though I want to give it more! I think this book should be for kids 12 + because it is violent and really sad. It could scare little kids and they might not really understand it. For people that are over 12, you will love it! I've only read it once, but I could read it over and over again.

posted by AthenaR7a on April 7, 2009

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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

The Unbelievable

A Child Called It tells the true story of a young boy, who is abused both physically and mentally by his own mother and family members. Day after day, he endures brutal "games" that "The Mother" has planned for him, never knowing when he will ever eat, set foot in the s...
A Child Called It tells the true story of a young boy, who is abused both physically and mentally by his own mother and family members. Day after day, he endures brutal "games" that "The Mother" has planned for him, never knowing when he will ever eat, set foot in the sun, or see his own father again. His family strips him of his very existence, while treating him like he is lower than a slave, until his heart turns cold and hates everything in sight. However, Dave looks up to his father, who he considers his "hero," only to find that superman doesn't exist. At school, he fears telling the truth, terrified that he will never be free. Dave Pelzer shows me the pain that I will never be able to understand. It makes me appreciate my own family and fortunate life that I have. Some may think that this book is too intense because of the gruesome reality, but others may find it inspiring, showing that good does conquer evil. However, for me, the scenes became very repetitive after a while, describing to me how she starved and beat him. Also, because of its excellent content, I expected a grand conclusion, but I was definitely not satisfied with the ending. On the positive side, I read it after reading Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah, but looking back on the first book now, I do not seem to not find her life as miserable as his was. Overall, I expected more from this book but liked this product and the description of the unbelievably haunting childhood. I recommend this book for others to read.

posted by ChanelleH on October 2, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2004

    dissapointed reader

    I bought this book with some expectations with reviewers who gave five stars... This book is one of the dissappointing book I read in year 2003. Not only i wasted money buying this book, I got depressed reading it. The story was not complete (as he has some other books, but not satifying book itself). I am not sure why this book is a best seller....

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2003

    Unconvinced

    My favorite books are usually about the struggles of real people who have lived through an extraordinary situation. I first read this book in my early twenties when my mind was not cynical and I was a little gullible. At age 30 I have read this book a second time and my feelings for it have changed. I now don't trust Dave's description of many of the details. Dave only describes his boyhood self as meek and obedient. Personally, nothing hurts me more than to hear about abuse to a child by starvation. But if the details of this story are true, they just don't add up. Dave as a child would have been so very desperate that human instinct would have kicked in and he would have risked death to eat. Dave's story is not 100% believable. Sorry, Dave...

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2000

    A Book Called 'Done Before'

    A Child Called 'It' is book about an abused boy told in his own words as an adult. That it is told in his own words is the only interesting thing about it. I don't recomend buying the book. It reads in about an hour or so and leaves all questions unanswered. The reader is unable to become absorbed in the story and it reads as though far away from the occurances. I understand that since it is being told from his own point of view, those questions were also unanswered to him as well; however, the reader is left feeling as though the story just began when it's over. If you are still interested, just pick it up at the bookstore and browes through it there, there's simply no need to purchase this book.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Difficult read

    The book was well written. With that said, I had a difficult time reading it. The terrible things that were done to this child is appalling. I find it had to believe that the school turned away from this situation as long as it did. We read it for book club and everyone was in agreement - tough read and most skimmed through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    It all happened too quicc Iy It all happened to quickly.

    I preafer One Child. It was slower and gripped you heart much stronger than this book. Dont get me wrong, this was a good
    book, but not what I expected at all. From anomonous

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2012

    If you want a REAL REVIEW then READ THIS!!!!!!

    The first part of the book was great when it was talking about the kids childhood and how he got abused. Then like one sentence later I didn't know what it was talking about. It would take a super human to figure it out. Then the last part is a bunch of boring notes that mean nothing from the kids teachers and other people like that. So over all begging of book great. Middle of the book teriable. End of book boring. This book is not worth the the money in less you want a bad book. DON'T BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    OK

    While it was couragous to write this story, to read it is "so-so."

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2004

    Disappointing and depressing

    I thought I would get a little more from reading this book. Although I know this book is only one of his series of books, but the story was so incomplete. I felt depressed and ripped off when I finished this book. I am not sure why he's got such a great review for this book. I do admire Dave for taking his horrible abuse into something positive in the society, but I am not impressed with his book. I also agree with Dawn that his story is 100% believable.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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