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A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
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A Child Called "It"

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A child called it will rip your heart out as you read this amazingly unbelievable true story. ( )
  davidtaylorjr | Aug 12, 2015 |
A heart breaking account of a child who never knew love from the man he knew to be. ( )
  jessicook83 | Jul 21, 2015 |
Peltzer recounts a childhood that no one should ever have to endure. This is not for the faint of heart, as he is vivid in his details of the horrors he experienced. Students will be riveted by the narration. It lends itself to excellent discussions about the need to protect those who cannot protect themselves. ( )
  Lynchd | Jul 6, 2015 |
Every teacher should read this book . Young children do things for a reason. Teachers need to look into why the behaviors are happening and not just make an assumption and move on. When a child is caught stealing food on several occasions and in various locations , how was this not a BIG red flag that something is wrong ? I am glad something was ultimately done but the signs were there long before anyone took action. ( )
  dalexander | Jun 21, 2015 |
This felt like fiction, and after reading about the questions to its authenticity. I believe it is fiction.

The author is a slime ball cloaked in charisma. ( )
  Iceform | May 31, 2015 |
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This book is dedicated to my son Stephen, who, by the grace of God, has taught me the gift of love and joy through the eyes of a child. This book is also dedicated to the teachers and staff members of Thomas Edison Elementary School to include: Stephen E. Ziegler, Athena Konstan, Peter Hansen, Joyce Woodworth, Janice Woods, Betty Howell, and the School Nurse. To all of you, for your courage and for putting your careers on the line that fateful day, March 5, 1973. You saved my life.
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March 5, 1973, Daly City, California - I'm late.
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This is a tragic story about a boy named Dave and all of the abuse that he went through as a child.
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[This book] is [an] 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 torturous, 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." -Back cover.… (more)

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