A Child Called “It” , one child’s courage to survive

Pelzer, Dave J. A Child Called “It: One Child’s Courage to Survive. Health Communications Inc., 1995. Print.

ISBN: 1-5587-366-9

A Child Called “It”, One Child’s Courage to Survive

Written by: Dave J. Pelzer

Reviewed by: Nicky Le

Recommended Audience:  13+

       Today there are many kids being abused and mistreated. A Child Called “It” is a story about a young boy never giving up and keeping his hopes high when things get rough. This is a story is told through the view of Dave Pelzer, a child that was abused. In this novel Pelzer talks about how he survived an abusive and alcoholic mother. At such a young age he went through things a kid should never go through. Pelzer witnessed his parents arguing and experienced insecurity.

        Pelzer’s only haven was when his dad was home to defend him, but not even his own father could give him the luxury of a decent place to sleep or enough food to eat. He often slept in the basement or under the kitchen table if he was lucky. He couldn’t explain to anyone why he had scars on his body. If Mother found out that he was telling people the truth, “It” would face more tortuous games and beatings. He had no one to turn to for help. He didn’t have any friends to tell, none of the students liked him because he often stole their food because he didn’t have his own. He rarely had anything to eat. According to Mother, he received these punishments because he was a “bad boy”. He wasn’t considered as a member of the family and was treated worse than a slave.

       There were times were he wanted to give up, but he managed to push through. He told himself that he wasn’t going to allow his mother to win.

About the Authorhttp://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1881.Dave_Pelzer

About the Publisher: http://www.linkedin.com/company/health-communications-inc-

Description of the Book: http://www.bookbrowse.com/reviews/index.cfm/book_number/218/a-child-called-it

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