A Child Called It By Dave Pelzer

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Dear Classmate, A Child Called “It” is one of my favorite books. I read it for the first time in my speech class for my speech about child abuse. I had heard a lot about it and how good it was so I decided to read it. Unlike other novels lying around, this book caught my attention and kept me very interested, I could not put it down. It makes you think about what some kids go through everyday.This book was a definite eye opener to abuse. Dave Pelzer is the main character in this book. This book is an autobiographical account about him being brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother, Catherine Roerva. Besides being horribly beaten, Dave was forced to eat his own vomit, swallow soap, ammonia, and Clorox. She was a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable 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; no longer a boy, but an "it." A Child Called “It” describes one of the worst documented cases of child abuse in California history. Dave lived I a world of starvation, cruelty, and torture from the age of four until he was rescued by school officials at the age of twelve. In the following scene, Dave’s mother is yelling at him and tried to force him to lie on flames so she could watch…show more content…
No child on this earth should be treated that way. She was extremely cruel and cold hearted. This is the most depressing but the best book ever. I feel so bad for the author. This book will horrify, disgust, and inspire those who read Dave’s journey through the dark insanity of his mother. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. I would definitely recommend this book because it shows the true emotion that he went through. However, this book has some very descriptive details on the abuse his mom did to him, and if you know you can’t handle it, then don’t read

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