A Child Called ‘It’ By Dave Pelzer This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

March 17, 2008
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Dave Pelzer's first book in this series is phenomenal. What actually happened to him as a child is hard to imagine. This was a number one New York Times bestseller for months and is an inspirational story.

David was renamed “It” by his evil mother. His childhood begins as the life everyone hopes for. He enjoyed visits to the zoo, lake trips with family, and being cuddled by his mom while listening to a great book. David's life drastically changed when he became a first-grader. His mother and father developed drinking problems. It's very hard to read about all the sadistic “games” his mother dreamed up.

When you read some of what happens, you'll wonder how anyone could even think of ­doing such things to their own child. Pelzer is a strong man to write about his childhood when he was almost beaten to death. This book really makes you wonder how many other children suffer such abuse.

As his teachers and principal, neighbors, and even his father stand by and let the abuse happen, it makes you wonder what you would have done. This book is extremely well written. All of the gruesome details help you to visualize what he went through. There are more books in this series, and you'll want to read them all once you begin. This book is for mature readers only.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Lily">This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
today at 2:36 am
i love this book
hailey c said...
Aug. 28, 2017 at 4:06 pm
I dont usually get into reading books , but this one made me want to read it all in one day until I was done . Im not the type to cry for books and movies but i was on the verge of crying , its horrible what some people can do .
UrBoiHonse said...
Nov. 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm
yo this book is lit
BlackYellowTiara said...
Feb. 25, 2016 at 8:58 pm
I literally just finished this book last week, I had to keep from crying, i read it in one night. It was ... heart wrenching
Blackpixie456 said...
Jan. 6, 2016 at 2:23 pm
This novel made me cry a lot... Like it's really sad to know that someone went through this!
ecotton said...
Jul. 26, 2015 at 6:54 pm
This book was very sad for me to read because this book entailed a lot of abuse, the parents were at a unhealthy standpoint with this child. David was beaten burned he suffered greatly has a child. I do recommend for anyone to read this book to get a understanding of what has happened and to think about when they have children to show compassion and love towards their child and not abuse them. In general this is one of the saddest books I have ever read.
DietCoke This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 9, 2015 at 4:55 pm
You guys: It's not as simple as that the mother is evil. The mother, or monster, was probably suffering by some sort of mental disease. Something I have always wanted Pelzer to do was write a sequel from the dad's point of view.
ronjon_3 replied...
Oct. 27, 2015 at 9:58 am
It is as simple as that. She only treated one son like that. She didn't treat her other sons like she did David. And in none of the books, David never says anything about his mother having a mental issue. If she did have one, she would of treated all of her sons that way, not just him.
honestbystander replied...
Apr. 29, 2016 at 12:24 pm
@DietCoke there is no way for him to write this in the father's point of view because this was a real event and he is not his father. if this book was based off a story he made up he could easily write for the fathers point of view, but since it is a bibliography of his past that is impossible. and it is possible she had a mental problem, but it is also possible that when she became an alcoholic and her and her husband went through bad times that she saw dave's father in him and took it out on h... (more »)
stephamie said...
May 8, 2015 at 11:20 am
i love this book
maya said...
Mar. 28, 2015 at 10:20 am
this is so sad and his mom is evil.
_liluuuh said...
Mar. 17, 2015 at 10:48 am
After reading this book, I was shocked. David was beaten, burned, stabbed or starved by his father. She did all the things a mother should never do to their child.
DLilahG said...
Mar. 15, 2015 at 10:31 pm
This book was one of the saddest books I've ever read. David was abused by his mother. She beat him, burned him, stabbed him. She did everything a mother shouldn't do to her own child.
bratney said...
Feb. 13, 2015 at 11:53 pm
Well after the frist time I ever had to read The CHILD Called "IT" back in middle school for reading an writing class I do remember a little bit about the book but what I do remember is that was one book. it reminded me of myself an everything that was bad in my own life if dave an were both to an me write a book of my life write this the book of "IT"
tomiiiboiii said...
Dec. 1, 2014 at 3:58 am
This book left me in shock. How could a mother do that to her own son
ronnie inc said...
Sept. 26, 2014 at 1:35 pm
this book almost made me cry
ronnie said...
Sept. 26, 2014 at 1:32 pm
this book alomst made me cry
ashleylovesbooks said...
Sept. 4, 2014 at 2:53 pm
I really enjoyed this book its a great story !
ashleylovesbooks said...
Sept. 4, 2014 at 2:49 pm
i really love this book god bless this person im glad he survied !
harlieb said...
Dec. 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm
That is not far for people to judge others. No one knows what happeened except him
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