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A child called "it" : one child's courage to survive  Cover Image Book Book

A child called "it" : one child's courage to survive / Dave Pelzer.

Pelzer, David J. (Author).


[This book] is [an] 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 torturous, 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." -Back cover.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781558743663
  • ISBN: 1558743669
  • ISBN: 9780613171373
  • ISBN: 0613171373
  • ISBN: 9781435235632
  • ISBN: 1435235630
  • ISBN: 9780757319105
  • Physical Description: xi, 184 pages ; 19 cm
  • Publisher: Deerfield Beach, Fla. : Health Communications, [1995]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Publisher, publishing dates, and paging may vary.
Formatted Contents Note:
The rescue -- Good times -- Bad boy -- The fight for food -- The accident -- While father is away -- The Lord's Prayer -- Epilogue -- Perspectives on child abuse.
Target Audience Note:
850L Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning UG 5.8 5.
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.8 5 36564.
Subject: Pelzer, David J.
Abused children > California > Daly City > Biography.
Children of alcoholics > California > Daly City > Biography.
Abusive mothers > Family relationships > California > Daly City.
Family violence > California > Daly City.
Foster home care > California.
Child abuse > Personal narratives.
Children of parents with disabilities > Personal narratives.
Foster home care > Personal narratives.

Available copies

  • 94 of 113 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Rolla Public.


  • 4 current holds with 113 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Rolla Public Library NF 362.76 PEL (Text) 38256101913386 Adult Nonfiction Available -

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