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A Child Called

The true story of Dave Pelzer

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The little book that could....make me cry.

  • Jun 23, 2009
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I read this book many many years ago and I just had to review it.  I came across this book in high school when I was looking for a book to read for 'silent reading'.  Anyways, I read the title, saw the cute little boy on the cover and grabbed it.

While I was reading it:  Well, it was supposed to be 'silent reading' but there was nothing silent about it.  The entire class knew I was crying.  Nooooo, I was not crying loud, but you know, sniff here, sniff there.  Hey!  I was in high school.  I could see my classmates looking at me.  I honestly did not care.


When I finished:  I was pissed off and inspired.  I wanted to go out there and help the children.  I had read many books before that and this was the first book that moved me.

And after:   One of my friends asked me if she could borrow the book and I said yes.  She cried during 'silent reading.'  And the book was handed down from one student to another.  All the girls cried... most guys didn't. :)


Conclusion:  I would recommend it if you want to read a short biography.  This is the kind of book that you will either love or hate.  If you really wanted too, you could finish this book in a day.    And, it's a TRUE story.... I love true stories.

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January 19, 2010
I never read this book growing up but I read similar material and between being horrified and sad I wanted to tear my hair out. It sickens me to no end that people can do these sorts of things to children, especailly their own. It's no wonder Dave Pelzer lost his faith in God if I'm not mistaken if what I've heard about what he endured is true.
 
June 25, 2009
That must be a sad book... I thought that you might want to connect with @laurelrainsnow, she is a retired social worker who has worked with abused children, she also has five novels written that are based on her experiences.
 
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review by . July 22, 2010
A child called it, is by far one of the most sad story's I've ever read. Its about a boy who grows up getting abused terribly by his mother. Every page in this book is depressing. Its just really sad. The reason why it such an a amazing story though, is because its just so REAL. When your reading throughout this book, your heart just starts to feel so bad for David. The book provokes real emotions and feelings especially when Dave's mother tortured him with things like forcing …
review by . July 14, 2010
This book was a great book! It was very sad at times but so intriuging at the same time. I just never wanted to put it down. I think for the most part it might have been i wanted to see what awful thing his mother was going to do next. The book is about a kid growing up in a poor household and ultimately just getting treated like dirt, worse than dirt. His family hated him, the kids at school hated him, this book really touches your heart. It almost puts you in disbelief that things …
Quick Tip by . July 16, 2010
This is a truly sad, touching story of survival. Tragic, inspiring... it makes you open your eyes and want to make changes in the world.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
these stories are so sad
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
WOW!!!
review by . June 26, 2010
       This story ripped my heart right out. To think that someone went through all the horrific things in this book is crazy, and to think that that person was only a small child. I can only say that this book made me cry.       i reccomend this book to anyone with a heart. This book is captivating and tragic, and I felt deeply involved in this man's life by the end of the story.    a rural town  in a house with a terrible …
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
Sad but with questions unanswered
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
Sad but brilliant and captivating.
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
Awesome book and history, Good read.
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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."

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