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A Child Called “It” provides a first hand account of abuse and the strength it takes to withstand it. Full of power and emotions, the story leaves some questions as. This is a must read for any mandated reporter or adult that comes into contact with children. Knowing the signs of abuse could save the life of a child. Read full . 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.
At the age 12, Pelzer's teachers risked their careers to notify the authorities and saved his life. He was removed from his home and his abusive mother, and made a ward of the court. He was placed in foster care until he enlisted in the U. Air Force at age His first book, A Child Called "It", was published in and dealt with his abusive childhood. His other works include The Lost Boy: Mar 10, Eric rated it it was ok Shelves: View all 54 comments. Easily the most terrifying book I've ever read.
I think I had literally repressed the memory of it, until I randomly happened across the title this week. I experienced this book in a fairly odd way, during a week-long cheerleading camp my sophomore year of high school.
My coach was reading it and somehow ended up reading the entire book aloud to my squad during breaks and at night. Once she started, we were all addicted and spent every free moment listening with rapt and horrified attention.
I r Easily the most terrifying book I've ever read. I remember with almost painful clarity the way in which we sat at her feet listening to this story of a boy who endured a long childhood of astonishing, sadistic abuse at the hands of his mother. Girls were crying for long stretches, and not being a crier myself, I listened in a sort of shell-shocked, wide-eyed paralysis. After every single part of the reading, I was convinced it couldn't get worse, that she couldn't possibly do anything worse to that little boy.
And every single time I was wrong. I'm not sure I would actually recommend this book or not. It is good - very good - but reads with the sort of harrowing inhumanity of a Holocaust memoir.
Not light reading, and not a feel-good "I survived the odds" story.
It kind of just makes you want to go home and tell your parents that you love them, and then bawl your eyes out.
View all 11 comments. Mar 23, Kohei rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dave Pelzer, the author of the autobiographical book, A Child Called It, shows the very dark corners of child abuse by viewing to the readers his horrific life as a young boy living with his mother that constantly abused him. Dave Pelzer, who lived with his unstable, disturbed, alcoholic mother in a town in California during the early 70's, explains his story about his torturous unforgettable years as a young boy.
Throughout the story, he does his best to survive from his mother and tries to stay alive from the pain of hunger, bruises and cuts he receives. The only thing that keeps him alive are his dreams, wanting a happy and safe family, and also being someone. Once you have read the last word of the story, and closed the book, you will definitely know that this book has just changed your life, and your perspective of issues like these around the world, trust me, that is a fact.
View all 16 comments. He is best known for his memoir of childhood abuse, A Child Called "It". Jul 05, Maria Elmvang rated it did not like it Shelves: I did not like this book. But that's okay. You're not supposed to like it.
It's a horrible, horrible book. A trainwreck of a book. I wanted to look away, but just couldn't. I know it's the first part in a trilogy, but I doubt I'm going to read the other two books. It was too, too depressing. Actually, the person I got most angry with was the father. The mother was obviously sick and needed help.
There's no other explanation for the awful things she subjected her son to. But what's the father's ex I did not like this book. But what's the father's excuse? He just stood by and did nothing? No, that's not true - he stood by and did nothing I don't get it.
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Nowhere in the book was it stated that he seemed afraid of his wife, so why did he allow her to treat their son so horribly? You don't just stand by and let your SO practically kill your son, you just don't!
There were two things I would have liked to know: Why was he the one who was treated so horribly? If his mother had had some kind of reason, just something that set him apart, it would at least be part of an explanation even if it's no excuse, but it seemed totally random. I guess it was Did she get some kind of help? Were her other boys taken away from her too?
The book ended in a cliff-hanger fashion which annoyed me. Too many loose ends. I don't recommend it. Most of you would never treat a child like that anyway, and if you would, no amount of reading about it would change your opinion that you're in the 'right'. The only time I would encourage reading it is if you know somebody you fear may be subjected to child abuse, or if you want to be convinced that you should become a foster parent.
View all 21 comments. Oh my god, what can I possibly say about this book? When I first started reading this book last year, I was just so hooked to it and I just wanted to know everything about this book. It was all about this author's childhood gone horrible with the extreme abuse, the torture and suffering. I really couldn't believe my eyes, the author described like, everything he went through, all the pain he had to go through, how he felt and everything.
I could really understand how he felt but one thing about Oh my god, what can I possibly say about this book? I could really understand how he felt but one thing about this book I don't get at all is how his own mother transformed from a loving mother to a nightmarish, abusive mother so quickly.
I mean, the author was only, like a little boy when his mother started abusing him. This book is extremely emotional and can make you feel so bad for the author and even cry so. This book was all about the author's childhood and how he survived through such abuse, starvation, and neglect. This also showed how bad things happen to good people - the author's own father didn't even help out at all - he was once a fun, loving fireman, turned into an alcoholic, carless father.
He was pratically stabbed in the belly and had to go through such pain.
In the end, he told the school the truth and he was finally taken out of the horrible home, with the abusive mother, two brothers that weren't treated horribly at all and the careless, alcoholic father - and put into a much better home - foster home.
I loved this first book so much that I even continued on to the next book! A lot of thanks goes to my teacher, for lending me the books - it's one of my most favorites! View all 12 comments. Jul 18, Rebecca rated it it was ok Shelves: I've sat with this book on my desk for a couple weeks, unable to decide what I would write for a review.
I'm wholly torn between this being one of my most-asked-for and least-favorite-ever titles. Eric's Goodreads review says pretty much what I would say. The writing was cliched I've sat with this book on my desk for a couple weeks, unable to decide what I would write for a review.
The writing was cliched and the "plot" moved along by way of "one day," "one Sunday," or "later. 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's a great marketing gimmick for fiction, but not for a supposedly true story. That kind of self-exploitation leaves a bad taste in my mouth. All that being said, I am going to try to take this book for what it is: May they then move on to something better. View all 17 comments. Nov 24, Jennifer rated it did not like it Shelves: Why the hell did I pick this book up? It was depressing as hell and it was poorly written. It chronicles the abuse this little boy named David went through as a child.
And I think abuse is too mild a term for what he went through. It was horrible. Reading the torture he endured at the hand of his own family was painful. I came away from this book depressed. And I had several thoughts that kept running through my head. What was the point of this book? It almost seemed like a shrink told him to wr Why the hell did I pick this book up?
It almost seemed like a shrink told him to write out the horror of his childhood and then he turned around and sold it. There was no reflection on the events that happened so there was only horror. What is the point of that? The only thing I could think of was to expose to the world that such treatment did happen to someone at some point in the recent past.
I guess that is the crux of my disappointment here was that so much could have been done with this book. It had the potential to be educational or thoughtful and instead it was just a car crash from cover to cover.
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View all 30 comments. Oct 19, Sandy Yang rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A Child Called "It": In The Child Called "It" , a true story that can bring tears to the eyes of anyone with a beating heart, Dave, the protagonist, is abused in the most horrifying ways possible.
What kind of mother would want to hurt their own little child? David's mom's actions can prove that wrong. Hours later I bent over in extreme pain While I was sick, Mother informed me she had purposefully left the meat in the refrigerator for two weeks, to spoil before she threw it away" Pelzer The book tells of a little child, Dave, the protagonist, who goes through many troubles throughout the book. He lives with his crazy, obnoxious, abusive mother who would go out of her way to torture David.
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His father, who had once been his guardian angel, has left the family because of all the argument after arguments he had with David's mother. Dave's mother would do crazy things like, putting his hands over the oven, lock him in the bathroom with deadly chemicals, or she doesn't feed him for really long. This book can make me cry all over again every time ii read it. I can relate to the terror little David has to go through, because my mother wasn't much different from David's mom.
Get your tissues ready. You'll need it.
After reading this book, you'll then understand the what really goes on in the world. It's called reality. People on the news just say what happens, but have never told you the details that make you want to slap the abuser.
You'll like this book. Actually, rephrase that -- you'll LOVE this book! View all 31 comments. Mar 16, Sammy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Okay, this is going to be a short and sweet review since it's a non-fictional autobiography and you can't really critique things like characters and story.
But I'm going to say what I can This book was a hard one to read yet I couldn't put it down.
There's a different something in Dave's story that will keep different people reading. Mine was: I wanted to know why his mother did this. I wanted to know what made her do it. I wanted to know how she could to it. And I wanted to know why it w Okay, this is going to be a short and sweet review since it's a non-fictional autobiography and you can't really critique things like characters and story.
And I wanted to know why it was Dave she picked out of him and his brothers. What made Dave the one she singled out for such monstrous torture.
But that's something people involved in child abuse cases ask themselves every day.
You really do feel for Dave. You don't feel with him because there are moments so bad that he has to disconnect himself.
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I couldn't do that while reading it though. I almost felt that if I could send my anger and frustration and sadness and hope out there it would stop. Of course it was foolish of me seeing as it happened many years ago and he's a grown man who escaped his mothers claws. I was only annoyed by the fact that the book was too short and that dividing his story into three seperate books seemed unnecessary.
Especially because by the end the reader has become so invested in Dave and feels like they're such a part of his life, they want to go with him as he continues on to the next, hopefully happier chapter in his life.
Perhaps it was a publishers marketing scheme to get more money or something.
Goodness knows it wasn't Dave's. His goal was to tell his story, thank those who helped him, and open a door to shed light on an issue that is often hidden away. All of which he accomplished magnificently. What we learn in Dave's story is that child abuse is real. It comes in many forms, but it's out there and it's up to those of us in the lives of children to stand up and be the voice for the abused. Another thing we learn is to not back down in that fight, of course there will be road blocks, but if you champion for a child as those special people in Dave's life did, you can help.
You can save a life, heart, and soul. You can give a child hope. This book is a must-read I'd say. I of course went out and got the follow-up I hate to use the word sequel with something like this and read it right away.
That's a review to follow later. If you are debating about reading this book I will just say that it is a hard read. If you're a mother it will probably be especially hard. If you have a deep compassion and love for children it will probably be hard. If you yourself have experienced abuse it will probably be hard. If you just have a heart it will be hard.
But don't give up. It would be even harder to just quit in the middle, trust me on that. It's that end, despite being a beginning, that will bring tears to your eyes and a much needed smile to your face. View all 5 comments. Oct 16, Rebbie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I've been avoiding this book since I was a teenager. I did so because this is a trigger for me and I knew I couldn't handle it. I figured that it's been two years since I cut my mother out of my life and that I finally feel free.
And strong That's got to be better than nothing. Anyway, this isn't about me so instead I'll say that no matter what, I'm glad I read it. I knew Father probably wouldn't do anything against Mother, but when I stood beside him I felt safe. Like all good things that happened to me, Mother put an end to Father helping me with the dishes.
She insisted that The Boy needed no help. She said that Father paid too much attention to me and not enough to others in the family. Without a fight, Father gave up. Mother now had complete control over everybody in the household. After awhile, Father didn't even stay home on his days off.
He would come in for only a few minutes. After seeing my brothers, he would find me wherever I was doing my chores and say a few sentences, then leave. It took Father no more than 10 minutes to get in and out of the house, and be on his way back to his solitude, which he usually found in a bar.
When Father talked to me, he'd tell me that he was making plans for the two of us to leave. This always made me smile, but deep inside I knew it was a fantasy.
One day, he knelt down to tell me how sorry he was. I looked into his face. The change in Father frightened me.
He had dark black circles around his eyes, and his face and neck were beet-red. Father's once rigid shoulders were now slumped over. Gray had begun to take over his jet-black hair. Before he left that day, I threw my arms around his waist. I didn't know when I would see him again. After finishing my chores that day, I rushed downstairs. I had been ordered to wash my ragged clothes and another heap of smelly rags. But that day, Father's leaving had left me so sad that I buried myself in the pile of rags and cried.
I cried for him to come back and take me away. After a few minutes of self-comfort, I settled down and began scrubbing my "Swiss cheese" clothes. I scrubbed until my knuckles bled. I no longer cared about my existence.That is probably the bravest thing that you can do after such a bad childhood.
It is the inspirational story written by Dave Pelzer. There is at least twenty of them all together. Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy.
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