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A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

A Child Called "It"

by Dave Pelzer

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This story is an autobiography about a young boy who grew up hating himself, his life, and his mother and wanted nothing but love, acceptance and a decent meal. This young boy was abused past most physical breaking points but the hope of a better life never left his mind. He dreamt about having a family that loved him, accepted him and took care of him but in reality that dream would never be met. He experienced mental, physical abuses every day that never seemed to subside. This is his side of the story of living in hell and being so young, so hopeful and never actually receiving any hope. It explains in detail the pain and suffering but also how he couldn’t or wouldn’t break under the torment of his mother. And for that he became a brave, strong, independent man and he created a wonderful life for himself in the other series of his struggle of acceptance.

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My personal opinion about this book is its heart-wrenching grab for the tissues story that you cannot physically read without shedding a tear. I think this book is educational in the manner to never ever think someone doesn’t have it worse. Because reality is your situation may be bad, or terrible however someone out there is having a worse day. It is also a good form of anti-bullying in the sense that you don’t know what is happening in someone’s home life, so if a child comes back wearing the same thing multiple days in a row doesn’t mean what everyone might think. Situations are never what they truly seem and if you accept people for whom they are by kindness and acceptance than nothing else matters. This truly gives people hope for a better life, a better tomorrow and no situation can break you unless you let it.

Classroom Extension
1. For a classroom extension you could have each student be grouped with another student they never usually interact with and they can work on multiple assignments together to help form a new bond in hopes of eliminating bullying or discrimination.
2. Have a class discussion on how to determine if someone is being hurt, why it is bad, what you can do and all the steps necessary to report incidents if they are happening to you or a loved one.
  haleycurry1 | Nov 10, 2015 |
A Child Called It
This was an awesome, powerful read! The main idea of this book is for the author to tell his memoir of his childhood when he was abused by his mother. My favorite thing about this book is the vivid detail that the author gives you when he is describing how he survived and how he lived. “after drinking it my stomach felt as though it wanted to explode, as if was punched a thousand times and then kicked a few times after, the most gut wrenching feeling anyone could ever imagine”. The author made sure to add in a lot of explicit detail so that the reader can really have a feel of what he endured and went through. The other aspect I liked about the book was that it was a true account of what had happened to him. This book can serve as a great inspiration to a lot of people in struggling situations that can see by being strong and brave you can overcome a lot. ( )
  JaylenWhite | Nov 2, 2015 |
I honestly don't know how to review this book. It tore at my soul. ( )
  TeachesNTennies | Oct 30, 2015 |
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 |
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Gyllenhak, UlfTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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