A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

A Child Called It

By Dave Pelzer

  • Release Date: 2010-01-01
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4.5
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This book chronicles the unforgettable 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 tortuous, 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."

Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive--dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.


  • Sad

    By wolfdoggi
    I love it
  • The ending

    By Azalea210
    What a heartbreaking story of child abuse. However I would of loved to know what happened to the mother, father and brothers. Would of loved to have read that justice prevailed.
  • Great read

    By Brpbrp2
    A Child Called It is a great read. I could not put this book down. It’s about a child who is singled out and abused by his mother. It’s very interesting and has a happy ending. This book shows that you can overcome your biggest obstacles and grow stronger from them. I would highly recommend this book because it is a very compelling story and makes you grateful for everything you have and is an easy read.
  • Amazing!

    By caarrlittozzz
    I don’t really like to read, but once I started reading this book I couldn’t let go of it. That how good this book is, but heartbreaking at the same time. I hardly recommend it!
  • Book

    By Jg0924
    I’ve literally only read two books in my life, The Giver in the 6th grade, and then this one.. mind blown and kept my interest in reading it until the end. By far best book and author. Real eye opener as well!
  • I’m not satisfied

    By ѕωєєтρєα
    I purchased this book in my iBook on my iPhone 7 Plus And It did not download I paid $11.00 if you are not able to fix the problem I would like a refund
  • Amazing

    By Spare time game!
    This book will bring tears to your eyes in no time. I love these books! I feel so bad for the little guy.
  • A child called it

    By ally cabrera
    Omg awesome book loved it can’t wait to read the rest of them
  • Amazing....

    By Mya🙂
    It's a shame that children actually go through this! Oh my goodness, May God be with all of you❤️😪.
  • Unbelievable

    By Sanda Secic
    I was in complete disbelief when I read this book and a bit disturbed. I couldn't believe what his mother did and his father not doing anything about it.. poor child.. all that he went through!! I am glad that he got away and was able to make something of himself and that he had put his past behind him.. I can't imagine the internal pain that he had and how he struggled for so many years. I'm sure that it will always be with him, but I am glad that he was able to move on and create a family for himself. Bravo 👏👏👏!! Very inspirational book.