David James Pelzer is an American author, of several autobiographical and self- help books. His memoir of childhood abuse, A Child Called "It", was listed. Dave Pelzer. A Child Called. 'It'. David J. Pelzer's mother, Catherine Roerva, was, as "an It." This book is a brief, horrifying account of the bizarre tortures she. A Child Called It book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Also see: Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN [ACE] A.

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This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally. A Child Called "It" tells the heartbreaking true story of the abuse Dave Pelzer suffered at the Describe the boy Dave in David Pelzer's book, A Child Called "It .". Altogether, Pelzer has sold almost a million books in this country and It is not surprising that A Child Called It was rejected by most British.

He describes how his mom starved him, forced him to drink ammonia , stabbed him in the stomach, burned his arm on a gas stove, and forced him to eat his own vomit. He mentioned that his father was not active in resolving or stopping the conflicts between Pelzer and his alcoholic mother. He was sent to a foster family at age 12 in In the book he refers to his relatives by pseudonyms. One of Dave's brothers, Richard B.

Pelzer , published his own autobiography, A Brother's Journey, that detailed his experiences. Paraphrased, Pelzer said in the afterword of his book that his objectives for his story was to show how a parent can become abusive and how the human spirit can triumph and survive.

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The book covered Pelzer's teen years. When discussing his seventh book Moving Forward he said, "My message has always been about resilience". In an article in The Boston Globe Pelzer's grandmother said she believed Dave had been abused but not as severely as he described.

She also said she didn't believe his brother Richard was abused. It was revealed, however, that Pelzer's grandmother did not live in the same state as his brothers and family and was not in contact with them when the abuse happened. An article in The Guardian notes that gaps in the background narrative "makes the foreground harder to trust".

But there is a definite feeling of exaggeration in the later two books Pelzer spends his time giving lectures across the country. He is also a volunteer.

Dave works a lot with the arm forces, social services, writing more books, Does comedy. He has no hate towards his mother or father; therefore he doesn't like being labeled a victim of "child abuse" and doing interviews about his past life. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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You can help by adding to it. January The New York Times. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 January A 4th Course of Chicken Soup for the Soul. The Guardian. A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive.

A Child Called "It" Summary

Dave who? January 27, Retrieved 29 March Thinking Themselves Free: Although ostensibly dealing respectively with Dave's life as a foster child and in the military, these second and third books return relentlessly to his childhood, replaying the scenes in - as is the way of sequels - more lurid detail.

In The Lost Boy she is a monstrous figure: 'Mother's ice-cold, evil eyes locked onto mine as her face came into full view I caught a whiff of her putrid body odor. As the story progresses, the conversations become increasingly soap-operatic. Exchanges that weren't included in the first book are now recalled.

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If Mrs Pelzer said as she tortured her son: 'You don't talk, so no one will hear your pain,' why didn't he tell us at the time? And did he really say to her: 'All those years you tried your best to break me, and I'm still here I make mistakes, I screw up, but I learn I pray for you every night, I swear to God I really do Pelzer has announced that his story 'has two objectives: the first is to inform the reader how a loving, caring parent can change to a cold, abusive monster venting frustrations on a helpless child; the second is the eventual survival and triumph of the human spirit over seemingly insurmountable odds.

It is impossible to understand why Mrs Pelzer abuses her son. There are hints at possibilities: might he have been hyperactive? Had she been abused by her own mother? Could she simply not cope with five boys? Was she suffering from some kind of hormonal imbalance?

Not only is there no analysis; there's no emotional probing either. We already know that these things happen.

What matters is why, and to whom. As a story of triumph over tragedy, that staple of old-fashioned women's magazines, it works if you can download into it in the absence of authenticating detail. And certainly, plenty of people seem able to do so.

The first print run of 6, had all sold into shops six weeks before publication, so Orion printed another 4, and, a week before publication, they'd all gone too. It turned out that there was already an underground market in the American edition, so the bookshops knew about it.

Trevor Dolby attributes Pelzer's success to a number of factors. It's a short read - you can get through it in one sitting. It doesn't have that American predilection for self-analysis; it just rolls out what happened. A part of it taps into a need to feel OK. These sad things happen, but there's the feeling that I'm lucky, a bit like why we give to charity.

And a small part of it, though I think only a small part, is recognition. I've had hundreds of letters from people outlining horrendous childhoods.

Child abuse as entertainment

Whether they've had a dreadful time, or perceive they have, they feel parts of them are in these books. There would, I suspect, be less of a frisson if it had been Pelzer's father beating and blistering him, not his formerly idealised mother. These books are incredibly clever. Within the safe confines of the knowledge that Pelzer not only escaped, but 'came to realise that America was truly the land where one could come from less than humble beginnings, to become a winner from within,' they ginger up an appetite for violence.

Pelzer catalogues enough cruelties to fill a torture chamber. The attraction of his books is that they are safely scary, comfortably horrific: a bit like a visit to the London Dungeon, the images are harrowing, grotesque, but thrilling too. What the readers say Angela, 22 I was very moved by the first book.

Sometimes I got so upset by the book that I'd have to put it down and pick it up the next day. He talks about how much he hated the holidays because he couldn't go to school and there was one teacher who was really kind to him.

I'm a nursery officer and it has made me want to give the children in my care the best while they are with me. I don't feel he has exploited his suffering.

I urge anyone in childcare to read his books to gain a better understanding of what can go on behind closed doors. It made me feel really sick.

I couldn't believe one person could treat another this way.

It is unrelentingly grim, and so sad that whenever his mother was nice to him he believed it was a fresh start. But the book felt very incomplete.

It raises far more questions than it answers and compels you to download the second, and then the third, if only to move the story towards a happier note. You could certainly argue that he is profiting from his suffering. Kate, 46 I appreciate he had a terrible life but, gee, has he exploited it. There's something unpleasantly voyeuristic about A Child Called It. I'm interested to know what other readers get out of his books - he has sold so many.There is absolutely no process of recovery or explanation or psychological background, and the book leaves huge questions open, saying "Please understand that many of your questions will be answered in the next two books in the trilogy series.

It is structured in a sense similar to a pointless shopping list: It chronicles the abuse this little boy named David went through as a child. Jul 13, Don rated it did not like it Recommends it for: It doesn't have that American predilection for self-analysis; it just rolls out what happened.

If that is the case, then he most certainly deserves major admiration for having overcome such incredible adversities and for sharing his story. The book ended in a cliff-hanger fashion which annoyed me. Next, the memoir rewinds to Dave's early childhood years, when his mother was kind and he lived happily and without worries. Don't let them win. But don't give up.

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