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A Child Called "IT"

Dave Pelzer
Category: Book Reviews
Subcategory: Biographies
Price: $10.95
Average Rating:
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David J. Pelzer's mother, Catherine Roerva, was, he writes in this ghastly, fascinating memoir, a devoted den mother to the Cub Scouts in her care, and somewhat nurturant to her children--but not to David, whom she referred to as "an It." This book is a brief, horrifying account of the bizarre tortures she inflicted on him, told from the point of view of the author as a young boy being starved, stabbed, smashed face-first into mirrors, forced to eat the contents of his sibling's diapers and a spoonful of ammonia, and burned over a gas stove by a maniacal, alcoholic mom. Sometimes she claimed he had violated some rule--no walking on the grass at school!--but mostly it was pure sadism. Inexplicably, his father didn't protect him; only an alert schoolteacher saved David. One wants to learn more about his ordeal and its aftermath, and now he's written a sequel, The Lost Boy, detailing his life in the foster-care system.

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    LCarvin, Tue, 09 Sep 2008 03:02:33 UTC.
    1st review

    A truely amazing story of the resiliency of a child turned survivor. A must read for all in the law enforcement field.

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    jm676ten42, Tue, 09 Sep 2008 18:29:36 UTC.

    I read both of those books in one day and bawled my eyes out for days afterwards, it affected me THAT much... But I would still recommend them both to everyone.

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    esj421, Thu, 09 Oct 2008 22:40:45 UTC.

    I read this book and all of Davids other books as well. As a child abuse Detective for the last twelve years I have never investigated a case as bad as this. It is a conmpelling book that you wont put down.
    I will make you so mad you wont know whether to throw the book across the room or keep reading.

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    Deaton443, Thu, 16 Oct 2008 00:57:03 UTC.

    Pisses you off

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    dolphinblue, Thu, 20 Nov 2008 21:19:51 UTC.

    I have read this book some time ago...very touching and moving and inspirational

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    LilCo, Thu, 29 Jan 2009 00:50:06 UTC.

    Read this book a couple of times What an inspiration to us all.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 04 Feb 2009 22:44:01 UTC.

    Sad sad story. Heart wrenching.

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    lauradrizzt, Sat, 18 Apr 2009 13:45:26 UTC.

    Dave Pelzer has been lecturing for years and is amazing in person. It's something to know that he endured all this and still turned out to be a fantastic guy and a great dad. Wonderful book, have read all the others as well...

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    cmr1973, Sun, 07 Jun 2009 00:26:05 UTC.

    very sad

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    texasbrandy, Sun, 23 Aug 2009 04:54:27 UTC.

    This book illustrates the horrors this young man went through as a child, and pierces straight through to the very center of human compassion in the reader's heart. I'm not typically over-emotional with movies, TV, books, etc.(whether fictional or not) but this book broke me down into tears. Mr. Pelzer is an amazing example of a true survivor.

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    top10, Tue, 23 Mar 2010 12:06:49 UTC.

    most horrific child abuse story i have read about! the book is written so well tho, it is a first person account of the horrors this little boy and his brothers went through. I could not put the book down i read it in 2 days. read all 3 books in this series.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 28 Apr 2010 20:51:20 UTC.

    I read this book a long time ago. Alot of times things happen in our lives that we can't explain. Sometimes we think we've had it bad and then you read a book like this and .....well, just changes the way you see things...and through it all this boy grew up to be nothing like the monster he called Mom.

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    corylovesandrea, Tue, 02 Nov 2010 11:36:47 UTC.

    A truly remarkable life. Read this book many years ago and have a copy of it to this day. David is a wonderful soul and everyone can learn how good and bad human nature can be..

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