A Child Called It - Dave Pelzer

A Child Called It

By Dave Pelzer

  • Release Date: 2010-01-01
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 5
From 663 Ratings


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.


  • Truly eye opening

    By Zefton l
    This is an amazing book written in such a way you almost feel like you’re in the rooms and house in which these terrible acts have taken place. We know not enough of what goes on behind closed doors. We must be great full for every ounce of good in our lives.
  • Amazing Story!

    By JayJayJohnson123
    This book I’s amazing! I’m studying Human Development & Family Studies. I read this book in 48 hours and I must say, I wanted more of it. This story will have you telling all of your peers to read it. I would encourage everyone to read!
  • Heart wrenching!

    By IzzyPlayz Games
    I felt every emotion that David portrayed. As a victim of child abuse, I felt helpless reading this. I definitely recommend this book to anyone, but just prepare to cry.
  • If there was a higher rating, I would give it the highest rating.

    By 123456 MEH
    I cried several times while reading this book. I cannot believe that a woman that was supposed to be a loving, caring mother was such a horrible human being! I cannot imagine what this child had to grow up with and how much trauma he was put through and is gonna have to live with the rest of his life. 🥺🥺
  • Spoke to me

    As a child i went through a lot. One of my only escapes were books. I read this book as child and it stuck with me through my adult years. I’ve since reread it and it was nice to know I wasn’t alone so thank you for writing this.
  • Outstanding !

    By Mae Gray
    My husband recommended that I read this book , and so I purchased it and dug straight into it . I can’t tell you how many times I cried while reading this book .
  • So so so sad

    By Quan1317
    Terribly sad. Very graphic and well written. His story is grand and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. He definitely connects with readers
  • 🙏🏽

    By Breanaaa.aa
    So sad 🥺 but I love this book!
  • I was left in tears

    By alexamp96
    I’ve been recommended this book for years, but never had the opportunity to read it until now. I wish I had read it sooner. Once I started reading, I could not stop. It’s so incredibly thought-provoking and heart-wrenching; tears were absolutely shed multiple times while reading this. A very powerful story of trauma no child should experience and a feeling of hope for every kid out there who does.
  • God bless you everyday

    By Nickname Wendy
    Read this book years back. After reading it, I had hatred in my hatred. I had so much hatred for his mother. Wonder what happened to her. It’s been about 15yrs or so since I’ve read it and every time I come across this book it reminds me of the cruel life he lived and makes me wonder how many children are going through this at this very moment. God bless all our children. 😘😘😘♥️♥️♥️♥️