A Child Called "It"

Dave Pelzer


"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:"
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Author's Purpose

The author's purpose of his book was to express his story on how he survived. The purpose was not to entertain: unless you like hearing sick story's on how kids are abused. It persuaded in my opinion those who might have child abuse at their home or people who know of child abuse.
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Three Concepts

A. Speaking up

B. Taking people for granted

C. Survival Techniques

Greatest Impression

The fight for good chapter made the greatest impression on me because this little boy was trying so hard just to eat and have food and his mom made it feel impossible. She made it impossible because she would purposley make him throw up so she would know what he had been eating, because of that he would be forced to steal and eat frozen foods.
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Book Rating

I would rate this book a 4 because I found it very interesting and sad. The people who would enjoy this book are people who like reading life changing stories.
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Passage #1

Pages 166-167

" I broke the cycle and became a father whose only guilt is that of spoiling his own son with love." I chose this passage because I felt it was a very important passage to close the book on a good note, because it was so full of violence that a calm heartwarming passage like this would end this book off perfect.

Passage #2

Pages 152-153

"I no longer had the will to carry on. I felt as if I were a man on death row, not knowing when my time would come." I choose this passage, because it showed how he was basically desperate and was acting as if there was no reason to continue on or live, but he still ends up surviving.

Social Issues This Book Raises

This book addressed the fact that child abuse occurs everyday and that many people overlook people and their cases that are happening in their homes. Because of child abuse occurring, we have some bad dramas in society like people hurting themselves and others.
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