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.
Listen to the second book in David Pelzer's harrowing, multi-part memoir of child abuse: The Lost Boy.
©1995 David Pelzer; (P)2001 Recorded Books
"Pelzer's portrayal of domestic tyranny and eventual escape is unforgettable." (School Library Journal)
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I read this book before listening to it. I knew it would be good and it was. I recomend this.
I'm not sure enjoyable is the best term for such a dark experience. It's an important book on a serious subject. It deeply affected me. I had a physical reaction to some of the horror described in this book. And yet its a book I would recommend to anyone who could stomach it.
Being an adoptive and foster parent myself, this story is especially personal. Some have questioned the plausibility of David Pelzer’s account. I certainly can believe it may be all true and have heard similar stories in my area. Even if some of the details have been changed or slightly exaggerated, it’s really irrelevant. There’s no question that the abuse this boy suffered is very real.
Let this story inspire you to get involved! In my state alone there 1400 children in the foster care system looking for forever families.
Definately. It holds your attention with a very real story.
It made me cry.
Just a horribly sad story. I feel so bad for that poor child. How could a mother be that cruel? Listener beware: some of the incidents are utterly gross. Not for those with light stomachs. I truly hopes this helps educate others on child abuse. Other than that, I thought this was a heartfelt story of a child who overcomes all obstacles in the end. With that said, considering the story's main character was a boy, you'd think they'd try a get a narrator with a younger voice. Safe to say, I wasn't too keen on the narrator as I thought this one's voice was dull and boring.
"The Most Touching Book I will Ever Read"
I hate reading without someone reading to me, be cause of my dyslexia. It made me enjoy this book so much more.
None. There isn't anything like it
He read with emotion
I cried the first time and I will cry every time I read it.
I had a similar life, and he taught me to keep my head up because its not over til its over. I also want to thank him, for the wonderful book he wrote
I read this book a few years ago and nearly threw it out the window several times. Not because of the book itself, but because I couldn't take anymore descriptions of abuse.
I witnessed the abuse of my brother while growing up. It was not nearly as extreme as the authors but it brought back many memories.
For anyone that doubts the events in this book, please read the books written by the authors brother. When the author was removed, his brother became the target of their mothers abuse. He addresses and confirms many of the events in this and subsequent books.
"Great book, yet sad."
It's a very great book to read, but it's so sad, it touches your heart.
This was horribly sad! The narrator sounded as if he could have been David detached or hypnotized looking back from an emotional glitch instead of a personal involvement. I believe that can be reached, but I don't know, it was just "off" sometimes in the way of narration. Could be because I'm a little "overly" emotional about stuff. The story itself in the way of progression makes it so troubling, the protection of his mom, the feelings of betrayal at the same time. I do wish he had given some closure for his siblings, even though this was his story. The chain of abuse continues. I don't feel I wasted my time with this one, I feel that if people listen they will have more of an idea of how easily children are manipulated to protect the abusers. This must NOT happen, but denial is too easy. This definitely was worth my time.
"Recommended to me... and I to you"
I work with folk who have come out of, or are in abusive situations... and this book provided insights that I couldn't have learned any other way. I would highly recommend to teachers, social workers, pyschology majors... anyone who has a role involving children. This is an adults remembrance of a childhood that goes from perfect to beyond abusive... all while the child continues to be surrounded by teachers, neighbors and family who fail to see and intervene.
The book is a stark and a difficult listen. The child is resiliant and it does get better... but I wouldn't consider it entertainment, rather education. That said, the world isn't pretty and by being unaware we are missing opportunities to intervene.
Brilliant book, beautifully narrated by Brian Keeler. A emotional and turbulent insight into child abuse. Everyone should take a listen, you will be truly moved.
Such a sad story, written well. Had a year in my eye. Definitely a recommended read.
I've read this book years ago so thought I'd give it ago on audio version whilst I was at work.
the story is so gripping always leaving you gasping in shock at the awful things that happened to this poor young boy. a truly hear braking gripping story from beginning to end.
"such courage and resilianxe"
i read this book many years ago and have now listened to it being told. its the best book ive ever read. it brought tears to my eyes. ishall go on to listenvto Dave Pelzers other books that i have also read
"An amazing survival story"
This truly brings into context just how blessed some people are. Having had a less than enjoyable childhood, I have learned so much humility since hearing these books by David Pelzer... They are a true inspiration. And to go from a feeling of expecting certain at such an early age, to surviving and making such progress and success as an adult.... Simply wow. God bless you David Pelzer. Brian Keeler, the narration was clean, crisp and full of passion.
"interesting but very american"
a sorry story . strong boy that had lets say a s#it childhood. 3.5 stars really
"The boy called it."
This is one of the best Audio books,I've read
Once I started I couldn't put it down, from beginning to end. I've read the book, but a pal of mine said if you got audio books then download it. I cried through some of it,so that's me hooked, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has got audible to download and read it.
I was loathed to read this book because I hate child abuse, but tried it here as an audio book and pleased I did. It's oration is nice and smooth in contrast to the horrid behaviour David Pelzer endured. Trigger alert for Survivors on some parts. Great listen!
This is not a good book. I have many of these 'types' of books and this is by far the worst. The story seems to jump about and doesn't make sense at times. I don't wish to take away from his abuse but it just doesn't ring true (to me), with so many people knowing what was happening and for so long etc. And I say this as a child of abuse of narcissistic parents who fully understands the role of scapegoats in abusive families and how secrets can be covered up or others turn a blind eye. If you looking for horrible escapism with child abuse then go for it. If your looking to understand abuse or survivors etc. don't bother there are too many other great books out there on the subject. .
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