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A Child Called It by David Pelzer

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A Child Called "It" By:David Pelzer

I chose the book, The Child Called "It" because one of my friends told me about the book. The whole story line caught my attention. I was amazed at what was going on in this boy's life. This book, a true story, is very emotional. The title relates to the book because his mother calls the boy, David Pelzer, "It". She does not call him by his real name. His mother treats him like he is nothing but an object. Also, I think the title fits well because it catches people's attention and gives a clue what the book is about.

The author is attempting to teach the readers that no one should treat people this badly. David is an innocent child and does not deserve his bad childhood. David does not even do anything wrong, and his mother continued to treat him like an object. Pelzer succeeded in telling how cruel the mother is. He also teaches that people can be cruel to each other, and that it is important to teach people that kindness can go a long way. The whole book discusses his childhood. Pelzer wrote some sequels to tell the rest of his child life for the interested readers.

The story begins when he was first treated badly, in the 1960's. His mother was a good mother until David's father and mother started drinking. Its mother changed drastically from the alcohol drinking. The story begins in the kitchen of his house when he is doing his chores. His mother has a time limit on how fast he should do the dishes. If he does not accomplish the dishes in that amount of time, he does not get supper. In addition to the hunger, he receives a beating. The setting is very effective because the reader gets into the story. The setting also prepares you for what the mother does in the future.

The main characters are David, his mother, and father. David, the abused child, cannot escape his mother's punishments. David's mother is a drunken, abusive mother that refers to her child as "It". David's father is caring and understanding, but cannot help David escape. The mother and father drastically change after the alcohol abuse. David also changes in his attitude towards his parents.

At first, David cares that his mother treats him badly. After awhile, he doesn't care and becomes apathetic. Finally, David tries fighting back against his parents. David's mother was a good mother, and then she starts drinking and getting abusive. David's caring father defends David in the beginning. Later on, his father just gives up because he cannot do anything more to protect David. I do not see why David just does not leave his family. His mother's actions are unbelievable. At times, I can see why David stays. However when he gets stabbed, he definitely

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