A Man Named Dave - Dave Pelzer

A Man Named Dave

By Dave Pelzer

  • Release Date: 1999-10-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 172 Ratings


A Man Named Dave, which has sold over 1 million copies, is the gripping conclusion to Dave Pelzer’s inspirational and New York Times bestselling trilogy of memoirs that began with A Child Called "It" and The Lost Boy.

"All those years you tried your best to break me, and I'm still here. One day you'll see, I'm going to make something of myself." These words were Dave Pelzer's declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self-reliance. Dave's father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality, denying him food and clothing, torturing him in any way she could imagine. This was the woman who told her son she could kill him any time she wanted to—and nearly did. 

The more than two million readers of Pelzer's New York Times and international bestselling memoirs A Child Called "It" and The Lost Boy know that he lived to tell his courageous story. With stunning generosity of spirit, Dave Pelzer invites readers on his journey to discover how he turned shame into pride and rejection into acceptance.


  • Simply Amazing!

    By SheDrivesZ
    I read all 3 books in 3 days! I couldn’t put them down. It usually take me weeks to read just one book. What an incredibly true story from an incredible man. So very inspiring! A must read:)
  • I couldn't put the book down!!!

    By Stephanie Piuser
    I was so happy to read this book after the first one. I cried and laughed all on the same page. What an inspirational story that gives hope!!
  • Amazing

    By Shay Shay!!!
    I have to admit I do NOT read at all I don't like it but this book made me get an "A" in language arts it's AMAZING and so interesting but very sad
  • Awesome book

    By Jessnjaelyn
    Wow! What a way to end the trilogy-a man who has overcome such adversity in his life. Very admirable

    By jhamberly
    This whole series is an amazing series. It shows that all the people that have had things in their past can overcome them and quit using them as an excuse. Dave is my hero and has made amazing things out of an amazing situation.
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    By PLLobsessed
    These books are incredible they show true courage and beauty i finish all three books within three days i just couldnt stop reading about his tragic but amazing and true story they are now one of my favorite books