Dave James Pelzer (born December 29, 1960) is an American author, best known for his memoir of childhood abuse, A Child Called "It". Pelzer is the son of San Francisco fireman Stephen Joseph Pelzer (1923 - 1980), who was of Austrian and Irish descent, and Catherine Roerva Christen Pelzer (1929 - 1992).One of my favorite books (It actually has got 3 titles in one).
Life account of the author who was brought up under the abuse of his own mother.
How tough his life was and how he got through it....
My son bought this book for me on his birthday last year.
A book I highly recommend.
Pelzer was born in Daly City, California, to Stephen Pelzer and Catherine Roerva Pelzer (née Christen) and was the second of five boys. As a child, Pelzer was continually abused, mistreated, and beaten by his mother, who thought of it as a game. Pelzer states that his mother enjoyed torturing him by starving him, forcing him to drink ammonia, and other horrors such as being stabbed in the stomach. His teachers stepped in on March 5, 1973 and 12-year-old Pelzer was placed in foster care. In 1979, he joined the Air Force and later became an author. The fourth boy, Richard B. Pelzer, has also written about his own abuse.