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Publisher's Summary

The Lost Boy spent over two years on the New York Times best-seller list and has profoundly influenced more than one million readers' lives. Following the tremendous success of Pulitzer Prize nominee A Child Called "It", this book continues the extraordinary tale of author Dave Pelzer's childhood. On the verge of adolescence, Dave is rescued from his terrifyingly abusive, alcoholic mother and made a permanent ward of the court. Then the real journey begins. He is moved from one foster home to another, searching for identity and family. A rebellious, defiant boy, Dave seeks attention by shoplifting and even spends time in juvenile detention when suspected of arson. Finally, after five sets of foster parents, he finds a mother and father who love him.
Pelzer, who has received commendations from Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, travels throughout the world inspiring others through speeches and work to prevent child abuse. His courageous story is enhanced by Brian Keeler's thoughtful narration.
©1997 David Pelzer; (P)2001 Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"This is sure to be popular among students and readers who await a sequel to A Child Called "It". Well recommended." (Library Journal)
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By Jenny on 10-16-08

Great story

I enjoyed this book. It does a great job in reminding everyone just how strong the human spirit is and how able we are to cope with overwhelming emotional trauma brought on by another human being.

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By Michelle on 11-02-09

Interesting

Great book my students could not put it down.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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By Amazon Customer on 03-21-17

gripping read!

as gripping as the rest of his and his brothers books.... just would LOVE to read his mothers story to see what pathetic excuses she has!

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By gbswales on 12-18-13

worthwhile and moving

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

yes - "a child called it" is not a pleasant read but one that should be read and this continues the story

What about Brian Keeler’s performance did you like?

well read believable

Any additional comments?

This is not "entertainment" but is very "moving" - at first you find it difficult to comprehend the relationship, or lack of, with David's Parents. The saddest part is that by the end of the first book you believe how real it all is and this one adds some of the optimism that no matter how bad life gets there is a way thought it

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