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A Child Called It

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A Child Called It -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The book is an autobiography of David Pelzer. He writes about his struggle to stay alive in a home where he is treated like a slave and an animal. The book begins with the people at Dave's school finally report Dave and his condition to the authorities. The whole book is a flashback, except for the very beginning, when a policeman is taking the boy away from his mother, to freedom. His mother was the "perfect" mother, when he was younger than four. She taught them something new every day and took them on many fun family vacations. Then, singled out one of her children to be the family slave, but it didn't stop there. She also played cruel games, with the boy. Some of her favorites were the gas chamber, and the starvation tease. She played "games" with David; these games were sick and twisted. Although David had to learn how to cope and "play" these games in order to survive. There were three main characters, Dave, (the boy,) his mom, and his dad. The writer makes me believe that these people are real by describing them in very fine detail. I like Dave, because he seems really kind to everybody that he knows how to be kind to. ...read more.


When David returned to the first grade, it made him feel good about himself. He was the smartest kid in the class and knew all the answers; it also gave him a chance to be with his younger brother. At school they were friends, but at home they were forbidden to play together or even speak to each other. The next summer David's mother set time limits for David. If he didn't finish his chores on time, he would get no food. "If you don't finish on time, I'm going to kill you!" His mother would say. Then one day she had given David dinner and said that he had 20 minutes to eat it, and if he went a second over, then he wouldn't eat for days. His mother stood there, over his shoulder while he shoved his food in his face. She was so drunk that she was rocking back and forth. "Out of the corner of my eye I saw a blurred object fly from her hand. A sharp pain erupted from just above my stomach. David's mother had stabbed him. I found this so horrifying that tears came to my eyes. This is one of the hardest books that I have ever had to read, being a mother myself; I just don? ...read more.


He savored his time at school, because it was away from his mom. Also, sometimes he was able to steal food from other kids, the school cafeteria, and the household trash when he could, wherever he could find it. Pelzer was lucky that the school nurse documented his wounds for such a long time and so well because in that day and age no charges would have been brought against the parents, or at least very little done. It is a shame that the abuse had to go on for so long. I feel like there is a piece of the story missing from the last chapter to where the authorities took him from the home. I hope he will cover that somewhere. The thing that I liked best about this book is that wherever you started reading it, it hooks you in. It made me feel much better about my parenting skills. It makes me want to make my children read it and tell them, ?ee THAT is what a terrible mother is like?It took me awhile to read, only because I found it a bit overwhelming and had to keep putting it down and taking a break from it because the subject matter was a bit disturbing as a parent. I think that anybody thirteen years or older that can stand a very unfair and sad book would like to read this book. ...read more.

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