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      28.01.2010 00:27
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      Not pleasant reading but ultimately rewarding

      Dave Pelzer is without a doubt a superb author, no doubt known well to many because of his previous book, entitled A Child Called It. However, he has surpassed himself once again with this equally great effort - The Lost Boy - in which he details how he struggled with finding a family that would care and love for him. Since being salvaged from the jaws of depravity, he hasn't had the easiest time keeping with any one family, and finds himself being shipped all over California, which is no way for a child to grow up.

      Pelzer's autobiographical content adds so much to his novels, really adding to the gravitas. It must surely be painful for him, but surely has a cathartic quality that really resonates with the reader. He was severely beaten, and even stabbed on one occasion, but the book is better than stooping to sensationalism, and each point he makes interconnects into another; nothing is ever done purely for shock value, and it always has a greater point. Still, one must surely come away from it wondering - how can people be this unnecessarily horrible?

      This isn't an easy read from an emotional level, but it is to the same token a page turner, and I ploughed through it in just a few casual days. It's difficult to think of anything to criticise, and it certainly enticed me to read more from the man. It's a cerebral novel that through its visceral content sticks in the mind, and it certainly makes one think about how lucky most of us are to have had a comparatively regular upbringing and to be loved. While grim, it is ultimately inspirational, and a buoyant hymn to life rather than an indictment of its injustice.

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      21.12.2009 07:56

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      A must buy

      Whilst reading this you will find it hard to both read on and put down at the same time. It goes into graphic detail about what his mother did to him and how basically the way he was treated worse than an animal by being locked up in the cellar and mocked at every turn. This is the second in the series and to be honest after reading the first one you are compelled to read the second as you want his life to get better. It's nice to finally see that he gets some help and starts to turn his life around. It is so hard to take in the abuse he took and it makes you wonder how no one picked up on this abuse sooner. It is really well written and the accounts of his life are extremely graphic and you really feel at times that you are stood there next to him watching the scenes unfold. This is a totally unmissable book if you have read the first you defiantly need to read this one.

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      13.08.2009 19:53
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      Full of twists and turns

      This book is the second out of the trilogy of Dave Pelzer's book, and after reading the first I had to continue on the story.

      The book with Dave being a twelve year old boy still living with his violent, sickening mother. However, soon after Dave's 'dreams' come true and his violence no longer goes unnoticed when he is moved into the foster care system.

      Personally this book is inspirational as it shows you the true journey of his struggle in life. Being a true story it is guarenteed sadness, you think once in care that this story will finally start to be a happy one. But, that is not always the case. Dave shares his struggles and battles that he faced as an adolescent.

      As Dave takes you through his life from the ages 12-18 it can be a little confusing. But, it is an amazing book and it brings reality home to how life for a lot of children can really be.

      When reading this book, like the others I was quite upset, however I commend Dave for his continuos belief that one day he would be a loving caring home that.

      Well Done Dave for overcoming the odds.

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      22.01.2008 00:39
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      Read one in the series and you're likely to want to read all three

      The Lost Boy is the second book in the trilogy by author Dave Pelzer. His books make for difficult reading in terms of the subject as he writes about his childhood and the abuse which was given out to him by his mother.

      This book follows on from "A Child Called It" and covers his life from the age of 12 until he left to join the air force. The author has been accused of exaggerating some of the stories in the book, but clearly he has suffered dreadfully from his childhood.

      I found that the book was occasionally strangely structured, and a little less readable than the first book in the series, but it is still a compelling title. The first book in the series had focused more on the abuse which the author had suffered, in this book the focus is more on trying to start trusting people again now that he has been placed in foster care.

      The whole series is so readable because it reads as a success story, someone that has been able to go through so much, but still be so understanding and still be so determined to make the best of his life. Many people have difficulties in their childhood which are nowhere near as bad and they can find that they are unable to forget or forgive the difficulties which they experienced.

      In concusion, the book is emotional, it shows the author dealing with all the issues he is facing in his teenage years and trying to straighten himself out. The writing is fluid and interesting and after reading the book you are likely to want to know what became of him, so look out for the third in Pelzer's series.

      A good auto-biographical book, well worth a look despite the very difficult subject matter.

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      16.07.2007 22:55

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      a fantastic read.....read them all you must follow him x

      Reading his publications i can admit that this reading is very very sad!!! I had to stop and carry on to get through it all as he reveled his awfull and sad childhood!! Even to this day i still think about him, what he must of gone through and how brave he is to share his story. i cant even begin to explain the torture and neglet he suffered if you have not read this yet. It is absoluly disgusting, but unfortunatly it happens a lot and like i say i think he is a courageous man to actually revel this. It is a must read and i must say be prepared with tissues you might need them. Well done david!!

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      13.05.2003 02:44
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      The continuation of David Pelzer Trilogy. The first book in this trilogy was A child called it. Giving true facts about Davids life from ages of 4-12 I am now going to try and tell you about the second book. The lost boy. Giving true facts about Davids life from the ages of 12-18. March 5th 1973 David was rescued, his teachers at Thomas Edison Elementary School told the police about his home life. The police then took David away, away from a sad sadistic drunken mothers clutches. After going through all of the legal procedures, David was taken to his very first foster home the lady who ran the home was known as Aunt Mary. Mary told David he would be safe now, but how much can you really trust an adults words, for over the next six years David was sent to five different homes, and even a juvenile hall for petty crime. The Crimes he committed were to get the attention he so much craved for. Attention from his peers in the hope he would be accepted by being a bit of a lad and fun to be with, not just being labelled an F-child. Foster child When his mother realised she couldn?t get her hands on him no more, she fought to try and have him put in a mental hospital, as if she hadn?t hurt him enough all ready. Thankfully the social services and others made sure he was protected. Each home David was sent to was just another place where he would have to try and fit in. Try to come to terms with his past life and also struggle to find himself a new one. In the book we go back over horrible scenes from the first book in this trilogy, like when he was forced to eat dog muck, burnt on the stove, Scenes that must have been etched on this boys mind forever We also go through all of the different scenes in different foster homes. The time he saw his mother, the times he tried to contact his mother. Scenes involving his father. We do also get to a point in the book where David finds a true mother
      like figure in a foster mother called Alice Turnbough, a woman who openly admits to be proud of David and proud to be his mother. David joins the air force and his life continues in the third and last book in this trilogy entitled A man named Dave. Originally published in USA by Health communications, Inc First published in Uk by Orion media. Hard backed and paper backed versions are available. Thanks for the read, and please listen to what children are trying to tell you.

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        12.10.2002 19:54
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        A child called it- david pelzer. I read this quite a while ago now, it has to be one of the best , if not the best book ive ever read , and ive read alot of books.I got really into it and could not put it down until it was finished. It is a very emotional book, i cried, i felt sympathy , anger at davids tormentor , fear for him and astoinishment that any parent could do that do a child. Dont ask me what the best parts in the book are , because i would not be abe to say, the whole book is brilliant. It is an excellent veiw into the eyes of an abused child and what they were and are going through.This book really strips the human race bare, and show what even mothers can be like.Good for any person who has been abused as a child, to empathize with him, and to know that they are not alone.Also a good read for anyone, f you have a ice cold heart, read this and it will melt . *Peace* *Love* *Empathy* *Spirit* *Freedom* luv ezo xxxxxxx

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          11.10.2002 19:22

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          I rread a 'Child Called IT,' and to be honest I cried, I cried for ages, mostly because it brought back memories, and I thought about all of those children out there who it is happening to, and yet I can't do anything to help them. I myself was abused, metanlly, pysically, sexually, and have survived, I to have broken the circle, yet there are millions of others out there who haven't, and do not have the strength or courage to seek help. At the time I was self harming thinking I deserved this, how many children out there are thinking the same thing? Yes I would say the book is great in one sense as it does portray the abuse very clearly, and very horribly to sometimes, with no details spared. I wouldn't read this or any of the others if you are screamish, or faint hearted, it certainly made me feel very ill while reaading it, and have now ventured to read the second one yet. I would say this is a sensitive subject, and it could have been written more subtly, but then again, may be he wouldn't have got his point across had he not. If you don't like the sound of the back cover, then don't read it!

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          08.09.2002 05:42

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          the most inspiring story ever told - Advantages: education on child abuse, understanding, helping to get through a simialer situation - Disadvantages: emotional, grief, flash backs

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          05.06.2002 22:09
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          + Plot Synopsis + The Lost Boy is the second book in the trilogy by author David Pelzer. It is the moving sequel to the highly acclaimed ‘A Child Called IT’. This book details Pelzer's adolescent years, from age 12 to age 18, and follows his experiences as a foster child after being rescued from abuse in 1973, to his decision to join the U.S. Air Force in 1979. The first chapter goes back to when he was only 9 years old, which gives the reader an insight into Dave Pelzer’s life as it was described in the first book. For people who have not read ‘A Child Called It’, the first chapter summarises the general mood and tone of the first book and effectively slips into Dave’s teenage years. Those of us who have had loving families all around us all our lives cannot even imagine the agony a child like Dave Pelzer went through. This book conveys this realistically without any melodrama whatsoever. Just as it was, painful though it was. The book takes us into Pelzer’s adolescent years, which he spent confused and disturbed, being passed around from one foster home to another, and being forced to change schools every few months. Pelzer tells about his desperate determination to find the love of a family and a child's dream of 'fitting-in' with his peers. His strong desire to be accepted by his peers led him into a life of petty crime and gave him a bad reputation as others took advantage of his vulnerability. I do not want to give too much away but all I can say is that you will be instantly engrossed into the world of Dave Pelzer and will experience the different emotions that he goes through with him as we see the heart rending story unfold through his eyes. It is very interesting to see how handles the situations that cause him to confront his ‘real’ family that he had been taken away from due to the horrific circumstances. I found the Epilog ue section of this book interesting and informative as Pelzer talks about the importance of social workers and foster parents. He makes a point that, however flawed people may think the system is, it was this system that saved his life. He also mentions how the media seldom report about the good things that these people do and generally concentrate on the negative aspects. + Conclusion + After reading ‘A Child Called It’, I inevitably had to find out what happened to Dave after he escaped his horrible family. The story that follows is a real eye- and mind- opener. Dave's account of his journey gives the reader a whole new understanding of the foster system. David is truly a hero as are his foster parents and friends who all took him under their wing. He made choices that could have been the ruin of him, yet they never gave up. In the end David is a true success story. with this book, well, his worthy message will reach many. Just like ‘A Child Called It’ left me eager to read about the next stage of Dave’s turbulent life into his teens, The Lost Boy has left me on tenterhooks to read the final part of the trilogy ‘A Man Called Dave.’ I want to read this purely to see how Dave made the transition into adulthood and whether any of my unanswered questions from the first two books will get resolved. I was hoping that there would be more information on the relationship between Pelzer and his mother, but there was very little covered in this book but I am hoping that this will be covered in the final part. If you can get hold of a copy of this text, I would strongly recommend reading it as it is very thought-provoking and gives a first hand account of what it is like to be a victim of abuse and the trials and tribulations of being in care. + Useful Info + Paperback and hardback versions of this text is available from all good bookshops. I bought
          mi ne from WHSmith for £6.99 (Expensive, but worth it!) Paperback- Normally priced at £6.99 but can be bought for as little as £3.49 from Amazon! 352 pages new edition (15 October, 2001) Orion mass-market paperback fiction ISBN: 0752837613 Hardback- Listed price is £12.99 but Amazon are selling it for £11.04. 272 pages Reissue (27 July, 2000) Orion Fiction ISBN: 0752838709

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            30.04.2002 17:19
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            It's been a while since I've written an opinion, so thought I'd get back into the swing of things by writing about a book I've recently read. The book is "A Child Called 'It'" By Dave Pelzer. This being a true story, based in the USA, is a story of his own child abuse case as a child. His case was the 3rd worse child abuse case in the 70's. The story starts off when he was rescued by the authorities in 1973. It tells of the school nurse questioning him about his bruises, then the police and authorities getting involved. Although Dave had other brothers, he was the only one that was mentally and physically abused by his mother. His father, a fire fighter, stood and did nothing while his alcoholic mother did these things to him. At times the father tried to stop the mother from doing what she was doing to him, but she just lashed out at him. The father also turned alcoholic due to this. Dave's life in this book covers the ages of 4 - 12 yrs old. Although life starts a happy one, for some unknown reason, his mother changes and starts abusing him. The things in which she inflicted upon his was rubbing soiled nappies in his face, making him stand in front of a mirror saying 'I'm a bad boy' repeatedly, stabbing him, punching him and eating scaps of food amongst numerous other things. His home was an old army cot in the cellar. He would sit on the steps hearing his family eating lunch and laughing, while he would be starving and having to resort to scavaging for food. Only to be punished by his mother for eating and surviving. Many questions are asked. Why did this go on for so long? Why weren't the authorities involved sooner? Why didn't the father/brothers do anything? Many questions are still unanswered, but in the 70's child abuse was a very taboo subject, and alas, was quite often swept under the carpet. Lucky for Dave, he had a kind
            and warm nurse and teachers who eventually freed him from the hell hole he was living in. I've read many, many, books, but this is the only one that has made me cry. The thought of any child having to go through this harrowing torture is too much to bare. 'A Child Called It' is the 1st in the series of 4 books by Dave Pelzer. The 2nd book is 'The Lost Boy', then 'A man Called Dave', then 'Help Yourself'. It will never cease to amaze me how this man can go through such a tormented childhood, then grow up and write about his experiences. He has won awards and helps other child abuse victims. He's appeared on television shows and has been in the US airforce. ISBN: 0-75283-750-8 Price: £5.99

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              29.04.2002 00:05
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              i am 15 years old and have read many many books and never in my life have i came across books with so many lessons in them than that of the books of Mr Dave Pelzer he is truly and outstanding hero and what a person he has turned out to be. It escapes me why any mother would want to treat a child in such way but this books learns you to love and to really realise how lucky that you are in life. It also makes you more aware of child abuse and how that that people in the world can be sso much worse of than youself, At the end of A man named dave to see this man turning out to have a beautiful wee boy and really very very happy in life it really makes it all worthwhile. in me eyes he is simply a hero

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                I have been reading one of the most fascinating books I have read in a long time although fascinating may not be the correct word to use! However if you have read this book you will know what I mean when I say that it is a difficult book to put down. ?A Child Called It? is a true story about a young boy in the 70?s who suffered what is believed to have been the worst ever case of child abuse the world has ever know. Dave Pelzer relives his horrific young life from the age of 4 years to 12 years old and is written in a way that the vocabulary and tone are what you would expect of a child of that age at that time. The book opens with a list of thanks to individual people in Dave Pelzer?s life who helped him find that life is really a wonderful thing and his has dedicated the book to his own son Stephen who taught him that there really is love in the world. The story opens with Dave at the age of 12 and the escape from his horrific life at home, teachers at school eventually intervene and contact the police about the brutal treatment they see Dave suffer from by the bruising, starving and lack of cleanliness of the child. Police take Dave away to start a new life and even in his moment of rescue Dave thinks he has done wrong. Dave believes he is returning home to his mother, to his utter disbelief police contact his mother and tell her that she would not see her child again he will not be home. Dave moves back in time to when he was young to what he calls ?The Good Times? when his family was perfect he had the best mother in the world who could bake, cook, clean and send her 3 children to school and be very proud of them. His father was a fire fighter and they were the prefect couple that every child in the neighbourhood would die for. They had family holidays every year and mother always made Thanksgiving and Christmas very special occasions always thinking of bigger and better ideas for the following year
                to upstage the neighbours. This is the light hearted part of the story and soon you are left either in tears or disgusted that a grown adult could inflict such pain on to a poor and innocent little child. By the time Dave had reached the age of 5 years old his relationship with his mother changed dramatically. His mother soon stopped using his name and started to call him ?the boy?. Along with his 2 brothers Dave seemed to always get himself into mischief he always seemed to e the one to get punished and his brothers were never punished at all. Dave was soon severely punished for the littlest things and the beatings became fiercer each time. His father was spending more time at work and his mother was slowly becoming an alcoholic and would only move from the sofa to get herself another drink, go to the bathroom or heat left over food. Dave is soon on steady spiral to what we today would call slavery but how on earth can this be possible to such a young child? How could his own mother treat him in this way! Throughout the remaining chapters Dave recounts his story beating after beating, which includes a brutal stabbing from his mother. He felt he was safest when his father came home form work although this seem to be less and less as the years went by! His mother had brain washed the father to believe that David was a bad child and did not deserve to be part of the family. The suffering and pain felt from a young child you think could not be depicted into word Dave Pelzer achieves it with this book. A young boy with no outlook on life, his whole family against him his one and only savior his father. He thought his father would get him out of it all, however, he also turned his back on him leaving David alone in a world of brutally for almost 8 years. This book is not recommended for an enjoyable read, it is shocking to know that this abuse does exist and can often go unnoticed or worse still ju
                st ignored until sometimes it can be to late. This book is the first of a trilogy of Dave Pelzer growing up and I look forward to reading the next two to see how Dave has done good with his life after all those years of suffering. If you are emotional like me keep the Kleenex handy and if you have experienced any sort of child abuse in your life I feel that this book can maybe cause distress. It is a book of horrific insights but is also a signal of hope for all those suffering from this sort of abuse that good can come from it. An excellent read and you are sure to be moved in a way that will have hairs standing on your neck! © JamesD22 2002

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                  22.04.2002 07:10
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                  Dave Pelzer, a man with so much courage, a true survivor. He has written three books about his life through to adulthood. A young boy beaten and tortured throughout his childhood, by his own mother. She calls him ‘it’ undeserved of his name; she starves and beats him day after day. This particular book is about how he survives, Dave Pelzer dedicates his books to his son Stephen, a touching thought that for such an unbearable upbringing he has come out of it all with a life and a family, he’s able to tell others of the terrors he endured. A quote from the opening page of his first book, ‘A child called it’ “ I act timid, nodding to her threats. Please, I say to my self, just let me eat. Hit me again, but I have to have food’ Another blow pushed my head against the tile counter top. This book is very well written, it makes you feel anger and hurt all mixed into one. Dave has won many awards for his writing and appeared on shows like Opera Winfrey Show, Sally Jesse, Leeza Gibbons and The Montel Williams to tell his story and try to help others like him. The awards he has won include: Ten Outstanding Young Americans The Outstanding Young Persons of the World J.C Penney Golden Rule Award His emotional struggle to get through each day is amazing, his mother liked to play tortuous games with him, to make him beg for food. At times he would have to survive several days without food, and even then only survive on scraps left by the others. She forces him into a freezing bathtub, she pushes him under the water and then leaves him there for hours, he must not raise his head and only has his nose out of the water slightly. She then calls him hours later and tells him to put on his clothes, as he is not to dry himself and to sit in the garden in the shaded area. He’s freezing but he must obey. His brothers were not treated as he was; they were fed and looked after, as
                  they should be. Dave was a kind and loving boy; all he wanted is for his mother to want him again. A schoolteacher finally led to his being removed from hell and taken into foster care. I recommend these books to most people, they really open your eyes and once you’ve started reading you can’t put it down. I am currently reading his second book. I feel that this is not the worse case of child abuse and unfortunately there will be others where the child has not survived. But is it fair for a child to live their childhood this way and then live with it for the rest of their lives? Always in their thoughts, always reminders of those days. If it was me, I’m not positive I would be able to continue living after experiencing this terrible abuse. I think that Dave has really made people wake up to child abuse; he has been fortunate enough to have come through all this and make a life for himself. I cannot put myself in his shoes, not now anyway. I can only think of children I know and how I would feel if I knew they were suffering this kind of abuse. I don’t think its possible to say that one child is abused more or ‘worse’ than another. Surely ANY abuse is the worse abuse a child could have. Whether it be your worse nightmare, or what Dave went through or even a child being verbally abused and not physically. I find it the most horrifying topic to approach, but as someone who doesn’t know a lot about child abuse just what you generally hear and know I thought this book is a good way to make people more aware. Aware of children around them, their neighbours, what signs to look for and bring to light what could be happening all over the world. This book is written from the heart, a truly upsetting book. Not everyone can read it; it may be a bit too much for some, but its ONE child, one boy who is just telling his story. Not about general abuse, not about others suffering in the world.
                  He doesn’t talk about any subjects other than HIS life experience. It could have destroyed him, and I think he has been very brave to share his inner most thoughts.

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                    A Child Called "It" is the unforgettable story of a child whose courage and unyielding determination enabled him to survive extreme life-threatening odds.I found the book to be a heat felt plea for help by Dave and it made my realize that you should life your life to the max because it could all go when you least except it to happen. As a child, Dave was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous games--games that left him Dave nearly dead. With only his willpower to survive, Dave learned how to play his Mother's sinister games in order to survive because she no longer considered Dave a son but a slave, and no longer a boy but an "It." Although A Child Called "It" contains situations of mistreatment Dave suffered, it is a real life story of the indomitable human spirit. This gripping account is told through the eyes of a child--who will pay any price in order to succeed. Dave is a very brave man to tell his story to the world and I know that I would not like to have people no what my childhood was like- good or bad.I feel this book is an inspiration to child out in the world who are being abused and should give them the courage to tell someone. A child called "it" made the child in me feel overjoyed that I never suffered the pain and abused that dave went through but I also feel disgusted that a person can do such disgusting and nasty things to such a young,scared boy. The book shows courage and inspiration to everyone in the world and that talking does help.

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                    Sequel to a Child Called It.