Dave Pelzer's astonishing, disturbing account of his early years describes one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. This book has spent over 175 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. 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.
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by Dave Pelzer
by Stephen Kuusisto
by Dave Eggers
by Andy Andrews
by Andrew Sean Greer
by Timothy B. Shutt
by Thomas Allen
by Mel Levine
"This gut-wrenching true story of a boy's horrific abuse at the hands of his sick mother is not for the faint of heart. Brian Keeler conveys Pelzer's hopelessness and pain flatly, in a monotone, the only possible way to read the words--they are too unfathomable to embellish with drama. Keeler manages to express Pelzer's strength, courage and iron will to survive by demonstrating his intelligence. He continually outwits his mother to stay alive another day. This story is also a jubilant testimony to the "system" of police officers, teachers, and the school nurse who saved him. What's the point of all the gore? In a word--prevention. A.G.H. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"