posts on 3/24/2009 8:46:37 PM
Wow this is a real story. My parents just stopped spanking me if I did something bad. But im a teen so they no it wont work anymore. i feel totally sorry for dave and how his brothers were angels and he the devil. Why his brothers and not him. Y did his mom just turn on him like that but not his brothers the world will neva know!
posts on 3/18/2009 4:55:58 PM
i have a Question or two.. well first i would like to say i loved your books i almost started crying reading some of them. They made me open my eyes and see that i have a great life. Well.. first question why has the books not been made into a movie???? And also how was you able to write that i mean to having to relive it in your mind that seems really hard thing to do.. Your book (a child called "it") was the first book i read and liked it maked me read the others. And my Aunt never reads but when she read it she could not put it down.
posts on 3/18/2009 1:26:28 PM
I love your books. I love your books so much i am doing a report on you right. we have to do an american author. i love the book child called it. and i feel sorry that you had to go through
posts on 3/6/2009 1:37:30 PM
Dear Mr. Pelzer, I got the chance to read your three books which were basically refferred to me by my student. I wasn't able to put the books down once i got hold of them. Unbelivable how a child could survive in that kind of situation. i had a very happy childhood yet your book touched me deeply. This type of attitude is simply criminal. But your determination and effforts for survival were commendable. Hats off to you.
posts on 3/3/2009 2:57:11 PM
Dear Mr. Pelzer,
Until about four years ago, I was in a position much like yours -fortunately my Father retrieved his backbone and his life enough to help my siblings and myself when I turned twelve.
I had never read any of your books, which is odd considering that I read at an astronomic rate anything that comes my way at the local library, until today.
Today I found your book "A Child Called It" on the shelf, and since I had heard about it through friends many times, I decided to take a chance and read it.
It is indescribable how I feel right now... For such a long time I have felt at odds with the world around me, and I know no others who went through similar abuses when they were younger, and even though I don't know you, I feel a deep sense of kinship that I can't explain...
Unfortunately much of my life is still controlled by the same woman(I will not call her Mother, its a title earned, not inherited) who so cruelly brainwashed and harmed myself and my siblings... I am barely an adult, but my siblings still have to see her, and so therefore I go to protect them...
If you do read this at some point, is there any advice or service that you know of that can help us?
posts on 2/25/2009 8:24:29 PM
dear Mr.Pelzer you have been a great insparation to me,even though i myself has never been abused,I feel hate for both your mother and father and feel that your father was selfish for never standing up too your so called mother to save himself in fear that he too would get beaten and yelled at even though he has never felt the need to help an inisent young boy escape all the pain that you felt.In this story you helped me see what you did and for this i say thanks u are one of the brave ones, u are special.xoxo-Alivia Mae...you never let fear and beatings over come you thats ispiring =]
posts on 2/23/2009 6:17:57 PM
I cant believe some of these messeages on here i've been reading!...How can anyone even begin to judge Dave Pelzer!...There's plenty of proof to back up his story!...My heart goes out to him and any one that does'nt feel the same way!...Then I guess that make's you heartless!...Good Luck with that!
posts on 2/21/2009 9:05:44 PM
I don't know if you read any of these but in case you do, I just want to address the issue of your family. My family will admit that I was horrifically abused, "that was then " mentally Is called invalidation. They will invalidate out of shame and guilt. thats my families take on it. my mom died and my "father" is still alive, but there is no contact between us. I just wanted to say that your message of how strong the human spirit is, really speaks greatly to me. Keep up the Good Work. Child Abuse does exist. There should be no questions on how severe it can be. I know personally that it can be that bad and even worse.. look at the children whose parent DO Kill them. THEN question this mans story. The strength of the humans spirit WILL get you through. You just have to NOT let Parents, people/doctors tell you NO. or put a timeframe on your life. Only our spirit will allow us to go as far as we will let it. You have shown what can happen. we all have a choice in life. what, from your example should we do?
Take all the Kudos Mr Pelzer.. You Do DESERVE EVERRY BIT!!!!
LOVE AND PRAYERS
posts on 2/19/2009 3:03:30 PM
I am a substitute teacher and walked into the reading of this book. Too bad these types of stories weren't available when I was growing up. As a victim of childhood abuse and now finding out that I have married a victim as well I am living proof that abuse in all its forms condemns children. It's the few who actually use this environment positively while the rest find themselves living within abuse, forever reliving the events into their adult lives, as my husband has done. And its all about education isn't it - teaching the kids what is appropriate discipline/behavior in a household. But once they know - what then? Even adults fail to fulfill their obligation to protect them based upon our own fears - of perhaps losing a job or causing the child more pain. I wish everyone who was ever abused would pick a day to stay home from work and school and other obligations so that we could show the world the extent of this crime - we know our prisons are full of victims. Why won't we - who have the power - work to change the laws - at least get rid of the statute of limitations so that once people have safety and confidence they can then pursue their perpetrator. If my husband could do this he would at least have resources to pay for his therapy, which is so necessary to our married life. His stepfather took everything from him, including his self-esteem and his family's wealth, and without the law protecting him he is once more abused by the system. When will it all end? And what will we do to end it? That is the question for us today. And if it's true that 1in 4/5 kids are abused that explains why the laws don't change - because those of us who have continued the cycle are then turning ourselves in. What a pitiful state for our nation and our world and we will forever be paying for his crime by virtue of its many negative manifestations.
posts on 2/11/2009 5:59:27 PM
I recently read your three books over a period of four days, i just could'nt put them down. I was distraught while reading, it is completely unacceptable for anyone to endure what you did while growing up, when you should be getting the love and attention from the ones you love and the ones that should be caring for you and not taking advantage. I was completely dumbfounded that it could all be going on unoticed for so long. I cried reading every single one, the part where i cried the most, which you will probably find bizarre, as it wasn't a part where you were enduring physical or mental torture,but the part in 'a man named dave' at your fathers funeral, where you told your mother and i quote 'you lose' because i was just over joyed that you'd finally stood up to her! I want to thank you because i haven't read a single book since i left school and I'm glad i picked up your books. I know you find it hard to except compliments but you truly are a remarkable person and an inspiration to many. All the best.
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