A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer)

A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer)

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A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive is the first book in the Dave Pelzer series which is a collection of books where he shares his own story of the brutal and severe abuse he suffered as a child by his own mother. 

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What the community says about A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer)

  • Marilyn Sanders
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book was very difficult to read, especially knowing that it was based on a true story. It was disturbing, sad, frightening and amazing all at the same time. The abuse that Dave had to endure at the whim of his disturbed mother was haunting. Dave demonstrated a courage and intuition and drive to survive that most adults would not even be able to exhibit. This book was remarkably disturbing, yet made me want to hope that Dave would be rescued from his captivity and abuse."
    Guo Ding
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "A good overall description of what the book is about, especially given what the context is about. It can resonate well with other people."
  • Tiffany Boyd
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Very hard book for me to get through emotionally. It's a good read for younger people, I think it helps educate them about abuse and how damaging it can be. It might be triggering for abuse survivors though, some of the things I found were very intense and uncomfortable to read for me."
  • Larry Mendez
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "A great book. Really dives into the underworld of child abuse. Touched home for me. "
  • Pranav Patel
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Though I wouldn't call him an inspirational author per se, Dave Pelzer's book chronicles his own story that is both courageous and heartbreaking. That in and of itself is worthy of being inspired by."
    Guo Hu
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "I had a hard time coping with the traume of my childhood. I was looking for a book to let me know I wasn't alone. Thank god I found this one, it may well have saved my life."
    Chen Yao
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This is a riveting story, and will move you. It makes an interesting read."
  • Jonathan Nguyen
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Life isn't always sunshine and rainbows and this memoir hits that home. Dave Pelzer illustrates his life as one of trial and survival against odds stacked against him. Through Mr. Pelzer's eyes I experienced the horrid conditions and times he suffered through in his childhood. It's a story that will not be enjoyable to read, but I was looking for a first hand account of something twisted and in this book I found it."
    Nicholas Curtis
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The best memoirs with twisted stories include "A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer)", which is a book where the author shares his own story of the brutal abuse received as a child by his own mother. Boasting an average customer rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars based on 3,628 Amazon customer reviews, I would strongly recommend this book."
    Ankita Rao
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I never read A Child Called It but according to the reviews and blurb, it certainly sounds like a twisted memoir story. It's about a child who get's abused by his mother. That's pretty twisted to read about. "
    Joyce Hill
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This story seems like it matches the theme pretty well."
  • Rubén Guillén
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "As a parent myself, reading this book I felt horrified and sick. The book was interesting and I could not put it down once I start reading it; it was an unforgettable experience, and I had to hug my kids every time I read this book."
    Lori Johnson
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "A horribly sad book. Not quite what one should read to understand what it's like to be a mother."
  • George Sanders
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is a heartbreaking story of a young boy growing up with an absolute monster of a mother. It isn't particularly gore-y, but there are definitely some disturbing parts as David recalls the torture his mother put him through."
    Susana Arreola
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Great novel!"
  • Keith Henderson
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "My mother and I picked this up as a really insightful book about a child and mother's relationship. This really gave us a good conversation and discussion elements into psychological damage being a young kid."
    Ayaan Kapur
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book has been a classic since it was written. The gut retching and gritty story tell's of a child horror in the face of his mothers abuse."
  • Charvi Verma
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "After you read this book, you will never forget it. It leaves an impact, and I couldn't put it down. The contents in this book and the abuse that the author had to endure is disturbing to read, but his journey to overcome it is incredibly uplifting. I got emotional as I read it. "
  • Tammy Lee
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "What a lovely book to engage in."
  • Doris Peng
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book was so well written. You feel the struggle of the boy as his mother tortures him in ways that are horrifying to even read much less fathom being inflicted on an innocent child. You can feel the boy's despair and hope throughout the whole novel. It is a book that makes you want to go out and change the world for the better. You are inspired to make a difference for kids like this. The courage in this writing is palpable. "
    Jennifer Alvarado
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is the most sad, awful story I have ever read. It's hard to stomach, but if you can manage it's rewarding at the end. "
    Ralph Oliver
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Great book for all! It's extremely sad, but it happens everyday. I read this book years ago and it still holds strong."
    Lawrence Jensen
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Title is relatively long, but the book could often be referred to as "A Child Called It." "
  • Anna Collins
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "A Child Called It is a definite must read for every psychology student. It follows the real life case of the most sever child abuse in California's history. It is a hard read but delves into human darkness and how a child will try to preserve even when the abuse is done by family. "
    Timothy Miller
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "A sincere and very personal book to read. What interested me in this was Dave Pelzer overcoming his own struggles with child abuse and it was interesting to see this one develop into what I'd consider at least a 4 star level. "
    Julie Watkins
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I don't really think this solution fits what I am looking for although it can be interesting I think. I think it could be helpful even though I don't think it's a great solution."
    Hemant Rodrigues
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "A great example of the saying, " what doesn't kill you makes you stronger".Dave Pelzer is truly an extraordinary person."
  • Linda Simpson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I think this is a good solution, as it is an auto- biography, and a striking one at that. This solution made me want to look into the product further. I can see this being a soul-shifting autobiography."
    William Lopez
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Nice book, I would love to read this!!"
  • Angela Ryan
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "A Child Called "It" is one of the most heartbreaking stories of abuse. This memoir by Dave Pelzer will leave you feeling so sorry for him, as a child. It'll give you hope for children in his position, however. It is so raw and real, that it's better than fiction in that only a true story could be so heart wrenching. It's not something people want to discuss, but it's needed as it opens eyes to the significance and seriousness of this problem."
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