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A Child Called It - Dave Pelzer

A Child Called It

By Dave Pelzer

  • Release Date: 2010-01-01
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 5
From 529 Ratings


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.


  • So so so sad

    By Quan1317
    Terribly sad. Very graphic and well written. His story is grand and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. He definitely connects with readers
  • 🙏🏽

    By Breanaaa.aa
    So sad 🥺 but I love this book!
  • I was left in tears

    By alexamp96
    I’ve been recommended this book for years, but never had the opportunity to read it until now. I wish I had read it sooner. Once I started reading, I could not stop. It’s so incredibly thought-provoking and heart-wrenching; tears were absolutely shed multiple times while reading this. A very powerful story of trauma no child should experience and a feeling of hope for every kid out there who does.
  • God bless you everyday

    By Nickname Wendy
    Read this book years back. After reading it, I had hatred in my hatred. I had so much hatred for his mother. Wonder what happened to her. It’s been about 15yrs or so since I’ve read it and every time I come across this book it reminds me of the cruel life he lived and makes me wonder how many children are going through this at this very moment. God bless all our children. 😘😘😘♥️♥️♥️♥️
  • Sadness

    By girl_who_loves
    This is a really great book... it’s really sad to know how a mother can have such hatred in her heart to do this to her son. I think this shows the importance that one moment of affection or anything can make an huge impact of a child’s life
  • Awesome

    By allihibdon
    I love this book , I’m not a reader but this book has me wrapped around it! Awesome.
  • trusf

    By adssdsssddsssssss
    it’s a true story that he put out there not for sorrys and awh he did it bc he couldn’t hide anymore
  • Heartbroken

    By SNGarza
    This book will make you feel so heartbroken, the book is so good and super sad. The book took me one whole day to read. I recommend it the book to everyone!
  • A child called it

    By Nyahthebookworm
    I really loved this book it was really sad it I love how he just kept fighting even though she was killing him
  • Good book

    By mouaweya
    It is a really go book I would recommend it that you read it