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Carrie Craft

Do You Know Dave Pelzer?

By February 11, 2014

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One of the most read pages on this site is the book review for Dave Pelzer's A Child Called 'It'. Written from the perspective of a child, A Child Called 'It' offers a chance to see how an abused child may perceive the treatment of an abusive mother. Even though the child abuse that Dave Pelzer endured effected David's self-worth; Dave still had this incredible will to not only survive, but to rise above it all.

This is one book I recommend to those interested in fostering or adopting a child, especially a child who has endured abuse. One main misconception about children in foster care is that they will be grateful to escape the abuse and the abuser. Even after everything Dave Pelzer went through with his abusive mother, he would still, after being placed in a foster home, ride his bicycle by his mother's house in the hopes of getting a glimpse of her. It is amazing, but also understandable to a point. No matter what has occurred, your parents are your parents.

Dave Pelzer entered the foster care system at age 12. He endured 5 different foster homes before aging out of the system at age 18. He went on to become an accomplished author, with his first book, A Child Called 'It', which details the story of the horrible abuse and neglect he suffered at the hand of his mother. But despite his world renowned books, speaking engagements, and documentation from teachers and social workers who worked with him as a youth, there are some who question the validity of his story.

What is your reaction to Dave Pelzer's life story? Share your thoughts by clicking here.

Suggested Reading:
Book Review: A Child Called "It"
Book Review: The Lost Boy The Inspiring Sequel to "A Child Called 'It'"
Dave Pelzer Is a Famous Foster Kid
How Do You Feel About Dave Pelzer's Life Story?

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