A Child Called “It”: One Child’s Courage to Survive

Title: A Child Called “It”: One Child’s Courage to Survive 

Author: Dave Pelzer

IBSN: 0329173219

Publisher: Health Communications

Copyright Date: 1995

Genre: Memoir

Reading Level: 5th grade

Interest Age: 13 yrs. +

Challenge Issues: This could be challenged because it deals with child abuse issues.

Curriculum Ties: n/a

Information about author: Dave Pelzer was born on December 29, 1960. He as born in Daly City, California. In addition to being a writer, he is also a motivational speaker. He was also in the Air force before he became an author.

Pelzer wrote several books. His books are either memoirs or self-help books. Some are his memoirs are The Lost Boy, My Story, A Man Named Dave, and The Privilege of Youth. His self-help titles are Help Yourself and Help Yourself for Teens.

Plot Summary: In the book, A child called “it”: One child’s courage to survive, it tells about Dave Pelzer’s childhood. In his childhood he experienced a great deal of child abuse from his mother. His mother starved him, beat him and abused him through mental games. Ultimately, he overcomes the abuse.

Critical Evaluation: This book is a raw look at child abuse. It is written in a way that infuses inspiration and the spirit of overcoming obstacles.

Reader’s annotation: Read the inspirational tale of Dave Pelzer’s A child called “It” : One Child’s Courage to Survive.

Book talk ideas: This inspirational story gives you an inside look to one of the worst cases of child abuse. Not only does Dave Pelzer describe the horrific abuse he received from his mother, but he explains how he overcame this abuse. This is a book is a testament to the strength of the human spirit.

Why did you include this book?: I learned through this course that sometimes teens are attracted to dark  subjects. This dark subject could be of interest to teens.

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