• A Child Called 'It'

  • One Child's Courage to Survive
  • By: David Pelzer
  • Narrated by: Brian Keeler
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 07-18-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4.5 (1,057 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Dave Pelzer's astonishing, disturbing account of his early years describes one of the most severe child-abuse cases in California history. This book spent over 175 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Dave was in first grade when his unstable alcoholic mother began attacking him. Until he was in fifth grade, she starved, beat, and psychologically ravaged her son. Eventually denying even his identity, Dave's mother called him an "it" instead of using his name. Relentlessly, she drove him to the brink of death before authorities finally stepped in. With faith and hope, Dave grew determined to survive. He also knew that he needed to share his story.
A Child Called "It" is the first of three books that chronicle his life. Through publications and public appearances, Dave is now recognized as one of the nation's most effective and respected speakers about child abuse.
©1995 David Pelzer (P)2001 Recorded Books
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"Pelzer's portrayal of domestic tyranny and eventual escape is unforgettable." ( School Library Journal)
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By Christy Medsker on 06-07-09

Good one

I read this book before listening to it. I knew it would be good and it was. I recomend this.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful


By Amber Bamber on 05-11-12

seriously emotional

What made the experience of listening to A Child Called 'It' the most enjoyable?

I'm not sure enjoyable is the best term for such a dark experience. It's an important book on a serious subject. It deeply affected me. I had a physical reaction to some of the horror described in this book. And yet its a book I would recommend to anyone who could stomach it.

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By Andy on 10-07-07

A stunner

Brilliant book, beautifully narrated by Brian Keeler. A emotional and turbulent insight into child abuse. Everyone should take a listen, you will be truly moved.

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful


By Anonymous User on 02-01-18

heartbreaking story

very hard to hear at some points but a very good insight into the life of an abuse victim. feel so sorry for this guy. great book. would 100% recommend.

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