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The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family (original 1997; edition 1997)

by Dave Pelzer (Author)

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Imagine a young boy who has never had a loving home. His only possesions are the old, torn clothes he carries in a paper bag. The only world he knows is one of isolation and fear. Although others had rescued this boy from his abusive alcoholic mother, his real hurt is just beginning -- he has no place to call home. This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequel to A Child Called "It." In this book, he answers questions & reveals new adventures through the compelling story of his life as an adolescent. Now considered an F-Child (Foster Child), Dave is moved in and out of five different homes. He suffers shame and experiences resentment from those who feel that all foster kids are trouble and unworthy of being loved just because they are not part of a "real" family. Tears, laughter, devastation and hope create the journey of this little lost boy who searches desperately for just one thing -- the love of a family. You will not be able to put down this harrowing but ultimately uplifting true story of a boy's journey through the foster-care system, in search of a family to love. A retired Air Force air crew member, Dave played a major role in Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield & Desert Storm. Dave was selected for the unique task of midair refueling of the then highly secretive SR-71 Blackbird & F-117 Stealth Fighter. While serving in the Air Force, Dave worked in juvenile hall & other programs involving "youth at risk" throughout California. His unique accomplishments have garnered commendations from Presidents Reagan, Bush & Clinton. In 1994 he was the only American who received the Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award.--Annotation.… (more)
Title:The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family
Authors:Dave Pelzer (Author)
Info:Health Communications (1997), Edition: Revised, 340 pages
Collections:Your library, To read, own-owned
Tags:Pelzer David J, Abused children--California--Daly City--biog, Foster home care--California--Case studies

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The Lost Boy : A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family by Dave Pelzer (1997)



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David Pelzer continues the story he began in A Child Called It, picking up from the time he entered foster care. A very confused boy who wants to be 'good' and be loved, he seeks out approval in sometimes disastrous ways.
I found this very true to the lived experiences I've witnessed as a social worker. These days, David would have been diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder and provided additional services, as well as his foster parents would have been. Taking place in the early days of the child protection and foster care system, it was evident that all the people involved were doing the best they could with what they had to work with. I commend Pelzer, his workers and his various parental figures for their fortitude. People who call Pelzer's memoirs unbelievable or unrelatable have no idea what they're talking about. ( )
  EmScape | Mar 26, 2019 |
I believe I did read "A Child Called 'It'" to which this book is a sequel. It chronicles the author's time from around age 9 to around age 18 most of which was spent in foster care.

The author wants his mother to love him yet he also fears that he will have to go back to living with her. He also wants answers to questions that no one can answer. I too question what happened that changed his family dynamic since he remembers being part of the family and going to the river prior to the abuse--especially since it seemed to all be directed at the author. I wonder if one of the other boys ended up on the receiving end of her abuse once David left home and was put in the foster system. I wonder what was going through the mind of the first mental health professional David saw. Had he been "poisoned" by the mother's thoughts prior to talking to David? Or was he just a quack?

As a result of David's struggle for acceptance, he falls in with some of the wrong crowds while growing up because they pretend to accept him but then use him as the patsy when the occasion suits them. That's sad. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Oct 22, 2018 |
This is Dave Pelzer's sequel to the heartbreaking "A Child Called It". It goes through Dave's live from age 12 when he was rescued from his abusive and alcoholic mother until age 18 when he left foster care and joined the Air Force.

The book demonstrates his two goals... to hide his hideous past as he was guided into mainstream society. During his teenage/foster care years, he continued his life of misbehavior as he bounced from foster home to foster home. Eventurally, his search for acceptance and love found him enlisting in the Air Force, the military would help him get his GED after he dropped out of school.

The will of his determination to overcome his past and the willingness of a few choice people around him who did not want to see him fail, overcome what would have been a bad outcome in his life.

Although not as graphic as "A Boy Called It" I found this book just as eye opening. There are many "Lost Boys" all around us. ( )
  berthashaver | Aug 19, 2017 |
good book even though it was sad ( )
  KimSalyers | Oct 1, 2016 |
Dave Pellzer writes another sequil to his first book...A boy called It...It's a very emotional time in Dave's chidlhood to strive towards his dreams. Dave also writes how the foster care system took him on a roller coaster ride...while he still kept striving for that dream...finding someone to care and love him and a place to call home.......

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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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