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A Child Called It

One Child's Courage to Survive

by Dave Pelzer

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer X
A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
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    Oct 1999, 184 pages

    Oct 1995, 184 pages


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Christopher Balchunas

Depression hurts
One day I was sitting in my language arts class and my teacher kept talking on and I was ignoring her. But then suddenly, what she was saying hit me. I paid attention quickly. It was about the book called, "The Boy Named It" and she gave a little description about it. So later after school since I was so interested in the book, I went to the library and checked out the book. As I got through to the end it made me feel depressed and upset that the boy had to go through that kind of life. It makes you fell like that could of been you treated like that. I wish I could of went back in time and changed everything and gave the mother a piece of my mind. The book really made me fell to be grateful of what you have and never take it for granted because that could of been you out there suffering like that.
Jasmine John

The child called
I really love that book! That book makes me so sad at that boy that got hurt everyday. I hate his mother for doing that to that poor boy. I wish I could see that woman and talk some good sense into her. What I really wish is that boy could have had my mom. I was thinking about that the other day and I thought about being in is position! I would of been mad at that woman too, and called her names like that too. His brothers should of been by his side! What kind of brothers are they kicking him on his back after coming from the grocery store in the car. I feel so sorry for the boy!

A child called it
I started reading this book the first day of ninth grade English class. I wasn't interested in it at first, but right when I stared ready it I couldn't lay it down. I cried the first day of school just reading what an abusive mother can do to such a small child. I had no idea the author was David, and know that I know I just want to say I'm so glad you made it through all that horrible stuff. I know you must have been a strong young boy. I'm also reading your other book The Lost Boy. I'm doing my book report on your book to show how inspiring your work really is. I have never once cried over a book, once I laid my hands on yours things changed, I appreciate things in my life way more than I ever have and I thank you for that. Hopefully you will continue writing such good books!
lady bug

i loved it
I am young, in the fifth grade, and I loved this compelling emotional story so I begged my mom to get The Lost Boy. I am on the fifth chapter and each page I shed a tear. How did you do it being A Child Called It? I'm a girl who knows about child abuse - it never happened to me, but I've witnessed it. So sad. I love Dave Pelzer

The Child Called It
To start with the review, let me first tell you what the book is about. This amazing book is about a child named David, who is not an ordinary child but according to his drunken mother who is not in the right state of her mind, an "IT". This book is about a child around the age of 7-9, who grows up with being the oldest and always pushed around. He gets a "time limit" to do chores in order to eat. She forces him to eat his own vomit, swallow soap, ammonia, and Clorox. If he gets caught doing anything that makes his mom angry, like eating out of the trash bin, then he gets beaten. He has 2 younger brothers and then his mom has another child. His father does everything he can but he is even afraid of doing anything. She forces him to sleep in the basement and will not even allow him to use the bathroom. He has no clue at all why his mother is doing this to him and wishes that he was dead. He wonders why his brothers never get treated this way. According to the mother, "David's a bad boy thats why he gets punished" and I'm like what, how can you do this to your own child, he's a part of you and you treat garbage better than you treat him. I had to read this book for a English course I'm taking: Modern Novel. I'm the only sophomore in that class but anyway I'm really glad I read it because it is an amazing book that has taught me to be greatful for the things I have, such as wonderful friends and a fantastic family who loves me.

This book was one of the most saddest books I have ever read in my life. This book sent chills up my spine and left me there crying in the middle of math class. I don't know how anyone could ever do that to their child. Abuse them physically and mentally. When I kept reading the book I thought he was going to die till I realized he was the author. Lol. God so many things to say but words can't explain my feelings about this book.
Thanks for sharing your story.

The child called it
This book was amazing. I read this book in school in school and I started to cry. Why would any mother treat their child like that no will ever know. David was entitled to a life to a life and his mother took that away from him. This book touched so many hearts and will continue to in times to come. This book is a must read!!

I can't imagine what kind of mother would do that and how she could leave him with out being feed. As my own experience of having a child and reading this book I couldn't imagine what such a mother would do that and me having a baby could not look at him the way she would treat her own child. Just expressing my own feeling make me mad. But I look at the bravery that he has of surviving all of that time I really admire him.

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