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Publisher's Summary

The Pelzer family's secret life of fear and abuse was first revealed in Dave Pelzer's inspiring New York Times best seller, A Child Called "It", followed by The Lost Child and A Man Called Dave. Here, for the first time, Richard Pelzer tells the courageous and moving story of his abusive childhood. From tormenting his younger brother David to becoming himself the focus of his mother's wrath to his ultimate liberation, here is a horrifying glimpse at what existed behind closed doors in the Pelzer home. Equally important, Richard Pelzer's touching account is a testament to the strength of the human heart and its capacity to triumph over almost unimaginable trauma.
©2005 Richard Pelzer (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Gripping....By looking back at, and then releasing, the image of the skinny, red-haired boy who wanted nothing more than his mother's love, Pelzer discovers his true spirit, which he shares courageously and selflessly here in the hope of healing himself, as well as raising awareness of and preventing child abuse." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Leslie on 06-15-05

amazing story of courage and strength

I have not been able to stop listening to Richard's journey until it was over. Being a human service student, I have learned how there was no protection for children before the 80's. I have had to read many stories similar to Richard's from my state and I appauld his courage and would love to meet him one day.

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By Rj on 05-10-15

Thank goodness it's an audio book

The narrator is fantastic, but the story is repetitive and frustrating. I listened to this audio book after "a child called it" the first time and tolerated it better. The story needs an editor who isn't afraid to cut the fat.

The second time listening to this just dragged. It almost felt like the author wanted to ensure that the reader saw that he suffered just as much and to gain the same sympathy as for Dave.

The narrator makes it worth listening too. fantastic voice, reminds me of thr power of the story of Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and all off the series by o. scott card.

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