The Lost Boy.

Author: David Pelzer.

Main Characters.

David Pelzer- Author and Narrator of the book. He is the "Child Called It" who struggles to find a loving caring family, and break from his mothers evil wrath.

Roerva Pelzer- David's mother. She is a 42 year-old drunk. She loves all her children.. except David.

Stephen Pelzer- David's father. He loves David, but is fearful of his own wife and therefore was unable to ever help David when his mother unleashed her horror.

Ron, Stan, Kevin, and Russell- Davids siblings. His brothers have adapted to their mothers evil ways, so they also dislike David. They all find him annoying and "a waste of space". Russell, the youngest completely hates David and will do anything to get him in trouble with mother.

Alice and Harold Turnbough- David's first and last foster family. They are the only ones that have ever shown David kindness when it comes to being a family.

Mr. Zeigler- David's principle homeroom teacher. He initially reveals Roevra's evil ways to the authority's when David had started coming to school in worse condition as usual in the first book, "A Child Called It.".


"The Lost Boy" is the second book following "A Child Called It", a book that explores the horrid detailed life of the main character (who is also the author), David. He was beaten and abused by his mother, neglected and mistreated by his brothers, but somewhat cared for and loved by his father. "The Lost Boy" goes over his struggles with the inability to fit in, the hardship of his multiple foster families, and his unexplainable bond with his evil mothers side. The book serves as a big flashback to the life David wishes to forget.


I would recommend this novel and trilogy for high school students, usually around the age of 14-18. "The Lost Boy" is a little graphic with some inappropriate language, and younger students/children may be disturbed or not take the book as seriously as it is intended. This book was made for maturer audiences, and also to really explain Pelzer's life and his struggles. High school students, with going through the hormonal stage of "hating your parents" will find that this book might just hit home, and make them realize that just because your parents took away your phone, doesn't mean they don't love you. Pelzer's novel "The Lost Boy" should really be read by at least high school students.

Quotes/Readings from the book.

"Once my superhero and known for his courageous efforts in rescuing children from burning buildings, Father is now a beaten man." (Pelzer 7).

"After filling out some forms at the police station, the officer called Mother to inform her that I was not coming home that afternoon, and that she could call the county's juvenile authorities if she had any questions. I sat like a statue, feeling both horror and excitement as the officer spoke on the phone." (Pelzer 37).