A Child Called It

Written by:
Dave Pelzer
Narrated by:
Brian Keeler

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2007
3 hours 48 minutes
Dave Pelzer was brutally abused as a child by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother. She considered him a slave - no longer a boy, but an 'it'.

He was physically and mentally tortured and starved. The outside world knew nothing of the nightmare he experienced behind closed doors, and his father was aware of the abuse but turned to denial and alcohol. The abuse only fuelled a determination to survive and become stronger.

He eventually found amazing strength from his experiences: both in himself and other people.
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J Schwarz

I was in love with every word. Heart breaking, enlightening and a lesson of hope.

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Libby H.

This book will stay with me forever, despite all that was recounted from his memories of his mother's hatred it is an excellent story of survival of being told to sit on his hands all day with no food or water Dave Pelzer is an amazing man. The stories are continued in three more books. Also, please read One Child by Torey Hayden another book very similar to this in narrative.

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Adam T.

I think his father was a weak man..

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As soon as I finished this book I downloaded, Lost Boy, by David Pelzer. The books inspired me to contact our county CASA organization and become a CASA!

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Angelina M.

I loved listening to this book one of my favorites

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Bridget S.

I love this book, such a heartbreaking tear jerking story, but definitely one of my favorite book of all times. I've read this one and " The Lost Boy" and "A Man Named Dave" multiple times.

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Yvonne M.

i could read this book over and over...its a story...she is a monster no kid should live that way

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Ginny B.

A sad book that was hard to continue at times, but I’m glad I did see it through to the end.

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Heather G.

I love this book and how it describes what he felt during all these bad times

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Jennifer Hammond

I have read and listened to these books a dozen times. Very sad and heartbreaking the amount of torture and sadness brought to a little boy. I cry every time. It definitely touches my heart.

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Claire M.

Gripping yet heartbreaking. There are no words to describe . This book makes you sad, angry, tearful and yet brought the odd smile at this poor boys mini ‘triumphs’ in life.

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I read this book years ago and loved it made me cry knowing this boy had endured all this torture for years. I can’t believe his dad was that big of a wimp that he couldn’t help his own kid out. I’ve read all of his other books and have enjoyed them all.

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Felicia L.

when I read this book I had several emotions. such a sad heart breaking story. once I started reading I couldn't put it down. I finished this book in 2 sittings. I have read this book a total of 3 times plus have read his other books that fallow up with this one a child called "it" then theirs "a lost boy" & "a man named Dave" his brother Stephan "Steve" pelzer also wrote a book on how things went around the house after Dave aka "it" was removed from the home. such great

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Linda B.

The “IT” struggled thru horrendous beginnings as a child, but became a wonderful mentor and spokesman and for the neglected, abused, and terribly tortured children of the 20th and 21st century. Will definitely read his second book.

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Adriana L.

Such a sad book but so good. This book will stay with me forever so heartbreaking

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Ivette V.

This is a heartbreaking tale of a boy who endured things no one should ever endure. His story breaks your heart and makes you yearn to save him from his terrible life. It also makes you think about the children who slip through the cracks and how we need to do more as a society.

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Jamie U.

I’m only on the first chapter or 2 and I’m having a hard time listening to this. The book is written wonderfully but it’s so difficult to listen to what he had to go through. My counselor recommended I read this and warned it was triggering. I commend the author for his courage to relive all of this trauma in order to write his story. It’s definitely a story that needs to be heard!

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this book was one of the first books I read in my teen year

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