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A child called "it" : an abused child's journey from victim to victor

Author: David J Pelzer
Publisher: Deerfield Beach, Fla. : Health Communications, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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[This book] is [an] 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 torturous, 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;  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Personal Narratives
Named Person: David J Pelzer; David J Pelzer
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David J Pelzer
ISBN: 1558743669 9781558743663 0613171373 9780613171373
OCLC Number: 32857798
Notes: Originally published: Omaha Neb. : Omaha Press Pub. Co., 1993.
Target Audience: Young Adult
Description: xi, 184 p. ; 19 cm.
Contents: The rescue --
Good times --
Bad boy --
The fight for food --
The accident --
While father is away --
The Lord's Prayer --
Epilogue --
Perspectives on child abuse.
Responsibility: Dave Pelzer.

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[This book] is [an] 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 torturous, 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." -Back cover.

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by suzzy13 (WorldCat user on 2007-04-05)

This is a great book. I have read it once and it is also very sad. David Pelzer has a mom that doesnt like him and it is very sad. I am going to tell you a little bit about this book. Ok David's mom is an abusive parent. She throws him on a stove and burns him. She puts him in a bathroom with chemicals in it which can kill him. When this is going on his dad just stands there and doesnt do anything about it. He isnt allowed to eat anything unless his brothers dont finish what they have in front of them. Then he gets to eat the left overs. He has to sleep in the cold garage where there is bugs and spiders. He has to run to school every day. If his mom finds out if he had lunch at school, when he gets home him mother makes him throw it up. His brothers fells sorry for him because he gets abused every day. Every day when he gets home from school he has to have all the chores around the house done before his mother gets home from work or he will get into trouble. He tries to run away but it doesnt work. when ever he gets abused and his principle asks what happens he tells them that he fell down stairs. He is affraid to tell anyone what happens at home because he just doesnt want to tell anyone. It is a really sad book. If you get a chance you should read it because its good but sad. I have the first, second, third, and fourth ones. I really like it alot. hope you have time to read all of them. There is at least twenty of them all together.

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The Scariest Book In History

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by nakitawht (WorldCat user published 2008-03-06) Very Good Permalink
I'm currently reading this book in my Child Development Class in High School and it has been very interesting for the most part. I never knew that he was tortured by his mom so much and we are only in the fourth chapter of the book, so there's definitely more to come!!! Whenever I think about that book,...
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