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.
Spoilers within! I think A Child Called It is a cautionary tale. A young boy living in suburbia with a mother who is social and appears loving to her children is not necessarily the first picture that comes to mind when we think of an abused child. Learning about the tell tale signs by reading this book is helpful to teachers, neighbors, and social workers who wonder about the care the children in their area are receiving. I think if a child is coming to school in tatters all the time … more
I am a recent USC grad. My degree is in business with an emphasis in management, however I have many interests beyond that. I especially love traveling (been to 20 countries so far and have a long list … more
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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.