Save for Later
Want to know when you'll get it? Go

What is “Estimated Delivery Date?”

This is an approximate delivery date and is not a guarantee. Delivery estimates are available only for select items to be delivered in the contiguous United States, excluding APO/FPO addresses and PO boxes. Your final shipping cost will be available at checkout.

Overstock.com MasterCard®

$20 bonus after first use & 0% Intro APR*
No Payments & No Interest on orders over
$150 if you pay in full within 6 months.
Learn More ›
No Payments & No Interest on orders over
$150 if you pay in full within 6 months.
Learn More ›

A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive (Paperback)

Overall Rating Rating 4.7  |  11 reviews  |  Write a review
Today $7.87
Item #: 2647856

    This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played ......more

People Who Viewed This Viewed

Sponsored Links What's This?

This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it."

Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive--dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.

Author:
Pelzer, David J.
Genre:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
Audience:
General/trade
Edition Detail:
Reissue
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hci
Publish Date:
10/01/1995
Copyright Year:
1995
ISBN:
9781558743663
Height:
7.75 in
Wdth:
5.25 in
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
0.5 lb
Was this product information helpful?
Yes No
Thank you for your feedback.
 
 
 
Thank you. Your feedback will help us create the best experience for our customers.

Showing most helpful review on this product.

  • 5 Stars 10
  • 4 Stars 0
  • 3 Stars 0
  • 2 Stars 1
  • 1 Stars 0
  • A Child Called "IT"

    This is a captivating read. One that should be required reading for every student of high school age, for every pregnant woman and the father of the pregnant woman. I've seen abusive situations on TV. DAVE PELZER, God bless him, went beyond abusiveness, he went through h*** and back way too many times.I will wait unti I read Dave's next two books of this trilogy, The Lost Boy and a Man Named Dave, to decide what should happen to the woman who gave life to Dave. She is the real "IT". Only real mother's deserve to be called mother for which she is most definitely no candidate.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
View All Most Helpful Reviews
  • Gripping Story

    The author and subject matter of the book has become a part of popular culture. Nothing compares to reading the story from the actual survivor. This is a must read for any mandated reporter or adult that comes into contact with children. Knowing the signs of abuse could save the life of a child.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
    Flag

    busyatlantamom from Atlanta, Aug 8, 2011

  • Scary

    I don't know if I should say that I "enjoyed" the book, given the terrible abuses it relates, but it certainly was very interesting and I went on to read the other two books in the series. It made me want to be a better parent myself.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
    Flag

    jorgevega from Salt Lake City, UT, Apr 27, 2010

  • A wake up call

    This book was so powerful, Made me realize that some children out there go though abusive situation everyday, and it's sad what people would do. This is a great book. I would recommend it to anyone. Everyone should read it at least once.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
    Flag

    sfeliciano from Missoula, MT, Dec 21, 2009

  • Hard to Take

    Very difficult subject matter. Necessary to get out there, but don't get it if you want to relax and read. A little less than I expected too. A lot of repetitive stuff. You feel for the guy, but he's not a very good author...

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? No
    Flag

    hhijk from Denver, Nov 18, 2007

  • Heartwrenching

    It's difficult to believe that a mother could hate her own child. What's even more difficult to believe is that she got away with the obvious for so long. What an amazing story of triumph and the will to survive under the most haneous of situations. He deserves a medal for his bravery and courage. I will purchase his other 2 books just to see the outcome. P.S. The wrong book is displayed on this site.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
    Flag

    happyinnj from New Jersey, Jul 21, 2007

View All Most Recent Reviews

Product Q&A

Ask a Question

Be the first to ask a question about this product.
Shipping:

This item will be delivered to you via USPS Trackable Media Mail or UPS Mail Innovations and will take from 2 days to 3 weeks from the time the item leaves our warehouse. *

Standard Return Policy:

Items must be returned in new or unused condition and contain all original materials included with the shipment. More details

FINAL SALE EXCLUSION: Items marked as FINAL SALE are not returnable unless the problem you experience is the result of our error.

* For your safety, some orders go through our loss prevention department. If we select your order for this process, we will immediately notify you that there may be up to a 3-day delay on your order.

** Most Oversize orders are delivered within 1-4 weeks. Some orders may take 6 weeks to be delivered.

Buy Now with Bitcoin Learn More