A Child Called It
Dave Pelzer was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother, a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games - games that left one of her three sons nearly dead. 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 smelly, 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 an inspirational book of the horrors of child abuse and the steadfast determination of one child to survive.
A Child Called 'It' received unprecedented media attention on hardback publication and is an international bestseller The UK hardback went straight into the bestseller list and has not been out of the top five since, reprinting regularly, mirroring the phenomenal US success It was on the New York Times bestseller chart for over two years Over a million copies have been sold around the world and it has been translated into 20 languages The follow-up to A Child Called 'It', The Lost Boy, hit the UK bestseller lists within four days of publication Dave Pelzer is one of America's most effective an
Dave Pelzer is recognised as one of America's most effective and respected communicators. His unique accomplishments have garnered personal commendations from Ronald Reagan and George Bush. He has dedicated his life to helping others help themselves.