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A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Dave Pelzer

Narrated By: Brian Keeler

Publisher: Recorded Books

Date: October 2001

Duration: 3 hours 48 minutes


Dave Pelzer's astonishing, disturbing account of his early years describes one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. This book has spent over 175 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Dave was in first grade when his unstable alcoholic mother began attacking him. Until he was in fifth grade, she starved, beat and psychologically ravaged her son. Eventually denying even his identity, Dave's mother called him an "it" instead of using his name. Relentlessly, she drove him to the brink of death before authorities finally stepped in. With faith and hope, Dave grew determined to survive. He also knew that he needed to share his story. A Child Called "It" is the first of three books that chronicle his life. Through publications and public appearances, Dave is now recognized as one of the nation's most effective and respected speakers about child abuse.


  • J Schwarz

    I was in love with every word. Heart breaking, enlightening and a lesson of hope.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Libby H.

    This book will stay with me forever, despite all that was recounted from his memories of his mother's hatred it is an excellent story of survival of being told to sit on his hands all day with no food or water Dave Pelzer is an amazing man. The stories are continued in three more books. Also, please read One Child by Torey Hayden another book very similar to this in narrative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Felicia L.

    when I read this book I had several emotions. such a sad heart breaking story. once I started reading I couldn't put it down. I finished this book in 2 sittings. I have read this book a total of 3 times plus have read his other books that fallow up with this one a child called "it" then theirs "a lost boy" & "a man named Dave" his brother Stephan "Steve" pelzer also wrote a book on how things went around the house after Dave aka "it" was removed from the home. such great

  • Linda B.

    The “IT” struggled thru horrendous beginnings as a child, but became a wonderful mentor and spokesman and for the neglected, abused, and terribly tortured children of the 20th and 21st century. Will definitely read his second book.

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