A Child Called 'It' by Dave Pelzer

This harrowing memoir recounts the horrific childhood of a boy who was brutally abused by his alcoholic mother. The young boy is treated as a slave, starved, beaten, and tortured both physically and emotionally. Despite his dire circumstances, he manages to survive through resilience and the dream of a better life. The book is a stark portrayal of child abuse and the indomitable spirit of a child's will to survive.

The 7534th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 69

Since this book was first published in 1995, there is a penalty of 33.6%. The age adjusted score is 45.82.

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