A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

A Child Called It

By Dave Pelzer

  • Release Date: 2010-06-24
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 4.5
From 171 Ratings
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A harrowing, yet inspiring true story of a young boy's abusive childhood, from internationally bestselling author Dave Pelzer.

Dave Pelzer was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother - a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games. She no longer considered Dave a son, but a slave; no longer a boy, but an 'it'.

His bed was an old army cot in the basement, his clothes were torn and unwashed, and when he was allowed the luxury of food it was scraps from the dog's bowl. The outside world knew nothing of the nightmare played out behind closed doors. But throughout Dave kept alive dreams of finding a family to love him. This book covers the early years of his life and is an affecting and inspirational book of the horrors of child abuse and the steadfast determination of one child to survive.


  • A child called it

    By Piggy Girl 🐖🐖🐷🐷
    This is my favourite book I've ever read. I never cry when I read but this book hit so close to home and very moving. 100% would recommend this book.
  • A truly fantastic read but let down at the Same time

    By Prezzzaaa
    This really was a good book that I could not put down. I did find it to be a short story and now found it has been split into a few books which is disappointing considering after buying the first short storey u now have to pay for the other copy's instead of it all being in one book and then a decent size story.
  • A child called it.

    By Lyns91x
    Such an amazing story! So gripping and heart wrenching, could read it 100 times over!
  • Emotional

    By Ninka1987
    This book was lent to me several years ago when I was a teenager. I had never read a book that had me in tears, this book gripped me emotionally from the start. How anyone could treat a child this way is beyond me. After hearing what happened to Daniel Pelka in Coventry i remembered this book and had to read it again. It's a horrible to think children get abused by their own mothers in this way Truly gripping and intense story of child abuse A must read
  • Heart wrenching!

    By Busymummyvicky
    Read this years ago but downloaded and read again and wow! Even though I knew what to expect I still had tears streaming down my face and wanted to smash his mothers face in! Absolutely heart breaking and the whole trilogy is a must read through blurry eyes.
  • A boy called it

    By Bookworm :0
    I read this book on paper back, in 2002. Amazing, emotional, heart breaking must read.
  • Heart wrenching

    By Sinead7
    Read this book years ago and have read it several times since. A heart breaking story but one you can't help read. By about chapter 3 you love this little boy and want to save him. In tears by the end of the first back. The whole Dave pelzer series are a must read
  • BEST BOOK!!!!

    By Rarayaya
    This book acc made me cry, tears streamed down my face while reading it, I couldn't acc feel the pain and hurt he went through but I felt all my emotions change in split seconds while reading it.... It's worth more than 5 stars xx
  • A child called it

    By Joel Howarth
    A fantastic but very sad book to read how on earth a mother could be so cruel is beyond me well done to Dave Pelzer
  • Can You Feel It? ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    By MrArsenaI
    Almost as if I was in the room, the acidic vapour burned my throat, I felt every blow, every humiliation... A truly well written, and harrowing account of a real life nightmare. Dave, you have mine, and thousands of others deepest respect. Not just for your accomplishment in writing this unimaginable story so wonderfully, but for your will to survive, and your ability to relay that determination in such a way that we all feel it for you. Brilliant!