Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Law, Political Science, Family + Relationships
Sub-Genre: Abuse, Child Advocacy, General, Family Law / Children, Family Law / General, Personal Memoirs, Public Policy / Social Services + Welfare, Substance Abuse + Addictions / Alcoholism, Abuse / General
This is a heart-wrenching book that is intense to read. I wouldn't recommend it for someone who has been abused who is still sensitive to hearing about it, as this book does get quite detailed, but it is an important read for those who can do so. I know there are also two books by Dave Pelzer about foster care and then being an adult, I would recommend seeking those out as well because they really help flesh out the rest of the story. There is also a book by his brother Richard chronicling the aftermath in the household.
This book is one of the only books that I think everyone should read. If you want a "edge of your seat" REAL LIFE story of a little boy's STRONG WILL to survive. This is the book. Anyone that thinks they have a bad life, all they need to do is read this book and realize that they don't have it so bad. I recommend this book as a gift for anyone that likes reading True stories that end on a good note.
A child called it is is an intense book that exposes the truths and feelings about child abuse. Not only does it explain the activities this child is forced to do but it also explains the emotional pain the child goes through. Throughout the story this child has a strong will to never give up and do whatever it takes to stay alive. His will to stay alive get him through starvation, injuries and losing those important to him. When he hadn't eaten in days he found food but got caught by his drunken mother, she would do whatever it took to keep him unhappy. Near the end of the story his mother hurts him in a way that is unforgivable. When she does something that normal mothers would never dream of doing she still forced her child to follow through with extreme chores. Even in extreme pain he follows through with the chores in hopes of avoiding abuse. When he thinks his father is his only hopes of survival everything turns on him... This book is an amazing story of the battles and troubles a child goes through during abuse and helps you realize their is more to abuse than hitting and smacking. It is also an influential story of how strong a child can be.