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Really sad, touches on important issues

  • Jun 13, 2008
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I have read all three books in this trilogy and they are all interesting and easy to follow. However, the content is extremely disturbing, as it well should be considering the books discuss pervasive social issues such as child abuse, the foster care system, and the educational system. The fact that no one notices Peltzer's abuse for years, including teachers and other figures who should be on the outlook for such issues, serves as an important reminder to those who have jobs where they are in frequent contact with children.

On a more important note, however, this story is extremely inspiring on multiple fronts. First and foremost, it proves that while a system like the foster care system is broken, there are still good people within it that do make a profound difference in people's lives. Additionally, the book shows that despite unimaginable adversity, the human spirit can persevere. Peltzer has been the recipient of multiple awards and has really made a name for himself.

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Quick Tip by . August 06, 2010
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This is such a great book, very heartbreaking and moving. If you are sensitive I wouldnt suggest it though!
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
this is a great book about the courage it took one young boy to survive. its a story not commonly told in conversation.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
Very sad book, makes you grateful for the family you grew up in. The love and opportunities you were given. Wouldn't recommend it for anyone under 13.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
This is a pretty quick read, and good but I think it could have been combined with the second book for a better flow.
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
Very sad story... but I loved his courage and I think it is a good thing for people to learn that child abuse is a real issue and it can be prevented/stopped.
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
So sad to know that a mother could do this to her child! I hate hearing stories like this but it is real! No child should have to endure this!
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Dave Pelzer shares his unforgettable story of the many abuses he suffered at the hands of his alcoholic mother and the averted eyes of his neglectful father. Someone with no one to turn to, his dreams barely kept him alive. Through each of his struggles, readers will find themselves enduring his pain, comforting his loneliness and fighting for his will to survive. This compelling story will awaken you to the horrifying truth about child abuse -- and the ability we have to make a difference.
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