A Child Called It Book
Score: 4
From 173 Ratings

A Child Called It


  • Author : Dave Pelzer
  • Publisher : Health Communications, Inc.
  • Release Date : 1995-09
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 202
  • ISBN 10 : 9781558743663

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A Child Called It Excerpt :

An autobiographical account that tells the story of a child's abuse at the hands of his alcoholic mother.

A Child Called It Book
Score: 4.5
From 36 Ratings

A Child Called It


  • Author : Dave Pelzer
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2010-01-01
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 195
  • ISBN 10 : 9780757396076

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A Child Called It Excerpt :

This book chronicles 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: a mother who played tortuous, 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." Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive--dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.

The Lost Boy Book
Score: 4
From 46 Ratings

The Lost Boy


  • Author : Dave Pelzer
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2010-01-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 9780757396069

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The Lost Boy Excerpt :

Imagine a young boy who has never had a loving home. His only possesions are the old, torn clothes he carries in a paper bag. The only world he knows is one of isolation and fear. Although others had rescued this boy from his abusive alcoholic mother, his real hurt is just begining -- he has no place to call home. This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequel to A Child Called "It". In The Lost Boy, he answers questions and reveals new adventures through the compelling story of his life as an adolescent. Now considered an F-Child (Foster Child), Dave is moved in and out of five different homes. He suffers shame and experiences resentment from those who feel that all foster kids are trouble and unworthy of being loved just because they are not part of a "real" family. Tears, laughter, devastation and hope create the journey of this little lost boy who searches desperately for just one thing -- the love of a family.

Too Close to Me Book

Too Close to Me


  • Author : Dave Pelzer
  • Publisher : Rosetta Books
  • Release Date : 2014-08-22
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 540
  • ISBN 10 : 9780795343315

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Too Close to Me Excerpt :

The #1 New York Times–bestselling author and child abuse survivor reveals the challenges that he still faces as an adult, as a husband, and as a father. In the blockbuster autobiography A Child Called “It”, Dave Pelzer shared the story of his childhood—one of the most dramatic and extreme stories of child abuse ever prosecuted in the state of California. As a child, Pelzer was beaten, starved, and abused both emotionally and physically by his alcoholic and mentally unstable mother. As a man, Pelzer went on to have love, happiness, a fulfilling career, and a family of his own. To many, Pelzer seemed to have found his happy ending. But for a child abuse survivor, living a normal adult life carries challenges and complications above and beyond those faced by most people. This book, the fifth in Pelzer’s nonfiction series, provides an honest and courageous look at the difficulties inherent in marriage, parenthood, work, and life from the perspective of someone who survived horrific physical and emotional terrors as a child—and who seeks to meet the responsibilities and complications of adult life with love, strength, and an open heart.

A Man Named Dave Book
Score: 4.5
From 72 Ratings

A Man Named Dave


  • Author : Dave Pelzer
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 1999-10-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101213094

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A Man Named Dave Excerpt :

A Man Named Dave, which has sold over 1 million copies, is the gripping conclusion to Dave Pelzer’s inspirational and New York Times bestselling trilogy of memoirs that began with A Child Called "It" and The Lost Boy. "All those years you tried your best to break me, and I'm still here. One day you'll see, I'm going to make something of myself." These words were Dave Pelzer's declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self-reliance. Dave's father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality, denying him food and clothing, torturing him in any way she could imagine. This was the woman who told her son she could kill him any time she wanted to—and nearly did. The more than two million readers of Pelzer's New York Times and international bestselling memoirs A Child Called "It" and The Lost Boy know that he lived to tell his courageous story. With stunning generosity of spirit, Dave Pelzer invites readers on his journey to discover how he turned shame into pride and rejection into acceptance.

My Story Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

My Story


  • Author : Dave Pelzer
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Abused children
  • Pages : 490
  • ISBN 10 : 0752864017

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My Story Excerpt :

The remarkable trilogy from SUNDAY TIMES No.1 Bestseller Dave Pelzer - now in one volume. A CHILD CALLED 'IT' is Dave Pelzer's story of a child beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played torturous, unpredictable games that left one of her three sons nearly dead. Dave was no longer considered a son, or a boy, but an 'it'. His bed was an old army cot in the basement and when he was allowed food it was scraps from the dogs' bowl. Throughout, Dave kept alive the dream of finding a family who would love and care for him. THE LOST BOY: the harrowing but ultimately uplifting true story of Dave's journey through the foster-care system in search of a family who will love him. A MAN NAMED DAVE: the gripping conclusion to this inspirational trilogy. With extraordinary generosity of spirit, Dave takes us on a journey into his past. At last he confronts his father and ultimately his mother. Finally, Dave finds the courage to break the chains of the past and learn to love, trust and live for the future.

A Brother s Journey Book
Score: 4
From 29 Ratings

A Brother s Journey


  • Author : Richard B. Pelzer
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Release Date : 2005-01-01
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 0759513023

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A Brother s Journey Excerpt :

In A Child Called "It," David Pelzer shared the harrowing story of his abusive childhood. Now, his brother Richard reveals a horrifying glimpse behind closed doors -- and shares a message of strength and resilience. Mom has no one like David around to beat on anymore. I am more afraid of her than ever...I get in more trouble for anything I do or say. Now I find that I'm always in trouble and I don't know why. Now that David is gone, I'm afraid that she will try to kill me, like she tried to kill him. I'm afraid that she will treat me like an animal like she did him. I'm afraid that now I'm her IT. The Pelzer family's secret life of fear and abuse was first revealed in Dave Pelzer's inspiring New York Times bestseller, A Child Called "It," followed by The Lost Child and A Man Called Dave. Here, for the first time, Richard Pelzer tells the courageous and moving story of his abusive childhood. From tormenting his brother David to becoming himself the focus of his mother's wrath to his ultimate liberation-here is a horrifying glimpse at what existed behind closed doors in the Pelzer home. Equally important, Richard Pelzer's touching account is a testament to the strength of the human heart and its capacity to triumph over almost unimaginable trauma.

Help Yourself Book
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings

Help Yourself


  • Author : Dave Pelzer
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2001-09-01
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101174142

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Help Yourself Excerpt :

As nearly four million readers have learned from his three previous books, Dave Pelzer doesn't believe in feeling sorry for himself. Abused mercilessly by his mother as a child, Dave has taken everything that happened to him and turned it into something positive so that he can help others. Now happily married and with a child of his own, he celebrates the twin pillars of strength that saw him through his darkest hours: resilience and gratitude. And he shows how anyone can tap into these virtues to live a better and more fulfilling life. In Help Yourself, Dave Pelzer explains how to move beyond a painful history, harmful negative thoughts, and innumerable setbacks by urging readers to take control and be accountable for their lives. Filled with his own history, as well as the personal struggles of others who have learned how to turn adversity into triumph, Help Yourself is a rousing call to readers who want real answers to real problems. Never before in paperback, it will undoubtedly join Pelzer's previous paperbacks on bestseller lists for years to come.

Call Me Tuesday Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Call Me Tuesday


  • Author : Leigh Byrne
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Pub
  • Release Date : 2012-02-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 323
  • ISBN 10 : 1463690029

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Call Me Tuesday Excerpt :

When Tuesday Storm's mother plunges headfirst down a flight of stairs, it's the second-worst thing that ever happens in Tuesday's life. The first? Mama survives the accident. Suddenly she's furious with Tuesday for some mysterious “bad thing” she's done. The doctor says the aggression is due to a brain injury and only temporary. So the Storms do what any proud, Southern family would. They hide the problem, hoping it will go away. Meanwhile little Tuesday becomes the target of unrelenting hostility and twisted “punishments.” In this based-on-a-true-story novel, a now-grown Tuesday recounts, with raw emotion, her sudden “loss” of a nurturing mother, and the tragic years to follow living with the monster in her mother's clothes--a monster she can't stop loving.

My Secret Sister Book
Score: 3.5
From 6 Ratings

My Secret Sister


  • Author : Helen Edwards
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2013-03-14
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781447228882

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My Secret Sister Excerpt :

A heartbreaking and moving true story of two sisters separated at birth, and their journey towards finding each other, celebrating the true meaning of family. Helen Edwards grew up in a pit village in Tyneside in the post-war years, with her gran, aunties and uncles living nearby. She felt safe with them, but they could not protect her from her neglectful mother and violent father. Behind closed doors, she suffered years of abuse. Sometimes she talked to an imaginary sister, the only one who understood her pain. Jenny was adopted at six weeks and grew up in Newcastle. An only child, she knew she was loved, and with the support of her parents she went on to become a golfing champion, but still she felt that something was missing. . . Neither woman knew of the other's existence until, in her fifties, Jenny went looking for her birth family and found her sister Helen. Together they searched for the truth about Jenny's birth – and uncovered a legacy of secrets that overturned everything Helen thought she knew about her family. Happily, they also discovered that they were not just sisters, they were twins. Inspirational and moving, My Secret Sister by Helen Edwards and Jenny Lee Smith, is the story of two women brave enough to confront their past, and strong enough to let love not bitterness define them.

The Words in My Hands Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

The Words in My Hands


  • Author : Asphyxia
  • Publisher : Annick Press
  • Release Date : 2021-11-09
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 9781773215303

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The Words in My Hands Excerpt :

Part coming of age, part call to action, this fast-paced #ownvoices novel about a Deaf teenager is a unique and inspiring exploration of what it means to belong. Smart, artistic, and independent, sixteen year old Piper is tired of trying to conform. Her mom wants her to be “normal,” to pass as hearing, to get a good job. But in a time of food scarcity, environmental collapse, and political corruption, Piper has other things on her mind—like survival. Piper has always been told that she needs to compensate for her Deafness in a world made for those who can hear. But when she meets Marley, a new world opens up—one where Deafness is something to celebrate, and where resilience means taking action, building a com-munity, and believing in something better. Published to rave reviews as Future Girl in Australia (Allen & Unwin, Sept. 2020), this empowering, unforgettable story is told through a visual extravaganza of text, paint, collage, and drawings. Set in an ominously prescient near future, The Words in My Hands is very much a novel for our turbulent times.

A Wrinkle in Time Book
Score: 3.5
From 418 Ratings

A Wrinkle in Time


  • Author : Madeleine L'Engle
  • Publisher : GENERAL PRESS
  • Release Date : 2019-07-18
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9789389157727

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A Wrinkle in Time Excerpt :

A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal. It was a dark and stormy night—Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. "Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract." A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

The Bad Room  Held Captive and Abused by My Evil Carer  A True Story of Survival  Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Bad Room Held Captive and Abused by My Evil Carer A True Story of Survival


  • Author : Jade Kelly
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date : 2020-06-25
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780008388966

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The Bad Room Held Captive and Abused by My Evil Carer A True Story of Survival Excerpt :

After years of physical and mental abuse, Jade thought her kindly foster mother would be the answer to her prayers. She was wrong ... this is her staggering true story.

A Man Named Dave Book
Score: 4
From 24 Ratings

A Man Named Dave


  • Author : David J. Pelzer
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Genre: Abused children
  • Pages : 342
  • ISBN 10 : 0754017958

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A Man Named Dave Excerpt :

Dave Pelzer's father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality. She told her son she could kill him any time she wanted to -- and nearly did. But even years after he was rescued, Dave felt rootless and awkward, an outcast haunted by memories of his years of abuse. Dave's dramatic reunion with his dying father and the shocking confrontation with his mother -- along with the discovery of her secret past -- led to his ultimate calling as a mentor to others struggling with personal hardships. Dave was finally able to break the chains of his past, learning to trust, to love, and to live.

Children Learn Business Book

Children Learn Business


  • Author : Children Learn Business
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date : 2015-10-24
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 504
  • ISBN 10 : 151876505X

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Children Learn Business Excerpt :

The most successful professionals starting learning business concepts at a very early age. Having these childhood experiences proved most valuable as adults. They grew up and entered the workforce leagues ahead of their peers in social skills, communication, and business acumen. Children are quick to learn from others and adapt to their environment, more so than any other age. Knowing this, we must ask ourselves an important question. If the best time to learn is during childhood, why there is a significant lack of business education tailored for children? Millions of children's books are available for sale, however they are written on tales of a fantasy world where animals can speak, everyone is free from responsibility, and there is no conflict. As expected, these books add no value to a child's development and may even paint an unrealistic viewpoint of the world.