A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive
by Dave Pelzer

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ISBN-10:   1558743669
ISBN-13:   9781558743663
Publisher:   Health Communications, Incorporated
Category:   Special Needs, Young Adults
Pub. Date:   September 1995
Pages:   195
Format:   Trade Paper 2

Dave Pelzer shares his unforgettable story of the many abuses he suffered at the hands of his alcoholic mother & the averted eyes of his neglectful father. Someone with no one to turn to, his dreams barely kept him alive. Through each of his struggles, readers will find themselves enduring his pain, comforting his loneliness & fighting for his will to survive. A retired Air Force air crew member, Dave played a major role inn Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield & Desert Storm. Dave was selected for the unique task of midair refueling of the then highly secretive SR-71 Blackbird & F-117 Stealth Fighter. While serving in the Air Force, Dave worked in juvenile hall & other programs involving 'youth at risk' throughout California. His unique accomplishments have garnered commendations from Presidents Reagan, Bush & Clinton. In 1994 he was the only American who received the Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award.
A Child Called 'It' is the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history.
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.
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