Author: Dave Pelzer
Title: A Child Called It
Genre: Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Phychology, Biography, Adult, Child Abuse, Family Relationship, Parenting & Relationship, Self-Help, Sociology, Politics & social sciences, Tragic Life Stories,
I bought this book along with the lost boy and a man named dave the follow on to this book.
I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio. Even if you do not read books like this.
I normally read books of this genre but l also stepped outside my comfort zone with authors and genres l am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.
I highly recommend this book but l would tell people to read the lost boy then a man named dave so you can read the full story and what happens to dave.
Book Dedication: This book is dedicated to my son Stephen, who, by the grace of god, has taught me the gift of love and joy through the eyes of a child.
This book is also dedicated to the teachers and staff members of thomas edison elementary school to include:
Steven E. Ziegler
and the school nurse
To all of you, for your courage and for putting your careers on the line that fateful day, 5th march 1973 you saved my life.
This book has 184 pages and 16 chapters in it.
Synopsis: As a child dave pelzer was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother, a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games that left one of her sons nearly dead. She no longer considered him 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 smelly, 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. Dave dreamed of finding a family to love him and call him their son. It took years of struggle, deprivation and despair to find his dream and make something of himself in the world. A child call 'it' covers the early years of his life and is an affecting and inspirational memoir of one child's determination to survive. This book is about one boy fight for life through child abuse at the hands of his mother who made him clean the full house and use to beat him and not give him food and she use to make him late for school and has to tell the school where the bruises come from and he says he fall but then he tells them what really happened and the social worker and police rescue him and her goes in to foster care where he finds love and he given food every day and does not get beaten.
Review: I found this book really easy to get in to and hard to put down once l started reading it and l found this book upsetting that any mother could do that to their own child. I wonder why she only did it to dave and not his brothers. His father did not beat dave just his mother did. Dave's father ended up leaving his mother and I wonder how he survived all the things that happened to him it is a miracle that he did. I think his brothers was scared of their mother after seeing what she did to dave. I can not put in to words how upsetting this book is and it is a good read and l was glad to read dave lived to tell his story and l wish l could rate this book more then five stars because it is worth more then five stars. I think dave was really brave speaking out about the abuse and writing his story in a book for people to read is also raising awareness for child abuse.
About The Author: An 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. #1 New York times best seller list and #1 international best selling author recipient of the national Jefferson award in a word, Dave pelzer embodies esprit: spirit, humor & wit. As a child his resilience enabled him to overcome extreme life-threatening obstacles. As an adult, for over 25 years, Dave's inspirational work has encouraged countless organizations and millions of individuals to recommit their efforts and remain steadfast to their personal convictions. Dave has experienced a truly extraordinary life. He nearly died several times by the hands of his mentally disturbed alcoholic mother. Years later it was determined that Dave's case was identified as on of the most gruesome and extreme cases of child abuse in california's then history. Dave was determined to better himself – no matter what the odds. As a member of the armed forces, dave was hand-picked to midair refuel the highly secretive SR-71 blackbird and the F-117 steath fighter, which played a major role in operations just cause, desert shield and desert storm. While serving on active duty and maintaining a rigorous flight schedule, dave made time to give of himself. in 1990, dave was the recipient of the JC penny golden rule award, making him the california volunteer of the year.Some of Dave’s distinctive accomplishments have been recognized through a number of prestigious awards, as well as personal commendations from Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton and George W. Bush. In 1993, Dave was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans. He joins a distinguished group including: John F. Kennedy, Anne Bancroft and Christopher Reeves. In 1994, Dave was the only American to be honored
as The Outstanding Young Person of the World! In 1996, he carried the coveted Centennial flame for the Olympic Games. Dave was paid tribute as the recipient of the 2005 National Jefferson Award. Other alumni of this award include Colin Powell, Sandra Day O’Connor and Bob Hope.Dave is the author of seven inspirational books. Dave’s latest book, Moving Forward deals with helping people take the lead in their lives. Dave’s first book, A Child Called “It”, was on the New York Times Best Sellers List for over 6 years and Dave’s books have been on the same Best Sellers List approaching 13 years combined. As an author Dave is the first to have four # 1 International Best Sellers and to have four books simultaneously on the New York Times Best Sellers List.Dave is a living testament of a self-made man, who as an optimist strongly exudes resilience, service to mankind, personal responsibility and faith in humanity. Dave’s unique and intriguing outlook on life, coupled with his “Robin Williams” like wit and sense of humor entertain and encourage all of us to truly commit to overcome any challenge, while living life to its fullest.For over two decades, Dave has dedicated his life helping others . . . to help themselves. While many make excuses and seem pessimistic, Dave carries the banner in a nation where opportunities are endless in what he calls “The Greatness of America”. And through his work, you will too.