"The Lost Boy" By Dave Pelzer: Book Report.

875 words - 4 pages

"The Lost Boy," sequel to "A Child Called It," is a story about a boy, Dave Pelzer, who is now in foster care after being rescued from his abusive, alcoholic mother. The story takes place in Daly City California and fallows his search for the love of a family from ages twelve to eighteen. In this story Dave experiences the instability of moving in and out of multiple foster homes, as well as bringing us along on his journey through life. The book also shows the unique love and dedication that social services and foster families provide for the children in peril.Before the book begins to talk about his journey through foster care, it gives a glimpse of his life before being rescued while he was still in the care of his mother. Through the first chapter of this book it shows how Daves mother was an alcoholic, how she was abusive, and how she probably had mental problems considering that she thought the abuse was ok. It also talked about how she was very controlling, Dave wasn't allowed to speak unless she said he could, nor could he move a muscle without her permission. To give an example of her controlling behavior here is a passage from on incident, "suddenly mother reaches over and seizes my right ear, by accident I flinch, with her free hand mother punishes my movement with a solid slap to my face," "who told you to move?" "Mother sneers." at the beginning of the book it also gives examples of some "games," as Dave called them, that his mother and him would play. One of the games, "the game of address," in which he had to stand exactly three feet in front of her, with his hands glued to his sides, his head tilted down at a 45 degree angle and his eyes locked onto her feet, upon the first command he had to look above her bust, but below her eyes. Upon the second command he had to look into her eyes, but never could he speak, breath, or even move a single muscle unless his mother gave him permission to do so. If he was to slip up and do something wrong he would be beat.Dave Pelzer had been rescued from his mother on march 5, 1973 by teachers and other staff members at the Thomas Edison Elementary School who intervened and notified the police of their suspicions of Daves abuse. After being rescued Dave was placed into his first foster home run by "Aunt Mary." At this time Dave was assigned a...

Find Another Essay On "The lost boy" by Dave Pelzer: Book Report.

A Comparison and Contrast Essay Between the Book A Child Called It, by Dave Pelzer, and Three Other Articles on Child Abuse and Neglect

1532 words - 6 pages The book, A Child Called It, by Dave Pelzer is an astonishing inside look at the life of an abused and neglected child. His journey allows the reader to see a horrible situation through the eyes of a helpless child, and has a profound impact on the emotions of his audience. After reading this book I felt compelled to read a bit more about the subject of child abuse and neglect. I have reviewed three different articles, which can be compared and

"A Child Called It" - Dave Pelzer: a brief book report to help other essays achieve a better grade

867 words - 3 pages Dave Pelzer has experienced a truly extraordinary life. As a child he endured the horrors of child abuse, included physical torture, mental cruelty and starvation. When Dave was rescued from his terrible life, he was identified as one of the most abused children in the state of California's history.He's won the Pulitzer Price once, with "A Child Called It", and nominated twice.This first book about Pelzer's childhood tells us about his early

A Child Called It, The Lost Boy and A Man Named Dave

2432 words - 10 pages For this report, I have read all three of Dave Pelzer's books about his life: A Child Called “It”, The Lost Boy and A Man Named Dave. A Child Called “It” chronicles Dave's life as a child, and is told from that viewpoint. From his earliest recollections of a relatively happy life with "the Mommy" to his life and death struggle with "The Mother", this book details the horror of Dave’s dehumanizing existence. Going far beyond “typical” physical

Roald Dahl's Boy, a book report . This is a book report about the book "boy" by the british author Roald Dahl

671 words - 3 pages Roald Dahl's Boy, a book report. (written in a english test in Norway)I read "Boy" by Roald Dahl. It was first published in 1984, and includes different stories and experiences from the author Roald Dahl's childhood, and some of them gave him inspiration to write books. When he went to Repton he got a free box of chocolate from a chocolate factory, if he would grade the different bites. If it had not been for this, we never would have heard

Book Report on Micheal Crichton's LOST WORLD

917 words - 4 pages Characters: The main character in the book is Ian Malcolm,a middle aged mathematician and a little bit of an explorer.The man who set up the exploration, Richard Levine, is a rich andreckless yet well known adventurer who spends a lot of his timeand money exploring different places around the world and helpsat a middle school to give students of ideas of careers in science.Sarah Harding is a zoologist who was hired to possibly deal withsome of

Black Boy by Richard Wright Book Report

822 words - 3 pages Richard Wright's list of "topics that southern white men did not like to discuss with Negroes" (231) was forbidden because of the relationship that the Negroes would acquire with the southern white men in the Jim Crow south. If Negroes could relate to white men or if Negroes could discriminate then they would no longer be perceived as the lowest class. Wright knew the reason why these topics could not be discussed. As a child he took a

A Book Report on Willie Morris' Good Old Boy

730 words - 3 pages The book that I chose to read was written by the Mississippi author Willie Morris. The book, Good Old Boy, was written in 1971 and takes place in the small Mississippi town of Yazoo City. The book contains experiences of the author's childhood in this small town.The story began by telling many of the legends of Yazoo City. One of these legends involved a woman who lived by the Yazoo river. She supposedly lured fishermen to her house to kill and

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

662 words - 3 pages heart for his mother.      Definitely if I had to rate this book then I would have given it a perfect 10. Honestly this is one of the best books I have ever read in my whole life. I would definitely recommend this book to all of my friends and I can’t wait to read Lost Boy and Man Named Dave, by Dave Pelzer. Pelzer, Dave. A Child Called “It”. Deerfield Beach, Florida Health Communications, Inc. 1993

'A Child called it' by Dave Pelzer

701 words - 3 pages After reading this book I really treasure my life, family and friends. It has encouraged me to keep going even when its tough and I hope it will do the same for you.This book called ‘A Child called it’ is based on a true story about the childhood of and American boy Dave Pelzer. Dave has had a truly extra ordinary life he nearly died several times by his mentally disturbed alcoholic mother.His life started like any other kid in a happy

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

699 words - 3 pages The book I read is called A Child Called It. It is written by Dave Pelzer. The theme of this book is to keep hope alive. You should have faith and dreams to have something to look forward to in your future especially when you feel you can’t go on any more. Like Dave, he felt trapped as if he was never going to be free. He used his dreams and illusions every time he was hurting to help him get away from the pain. This is what kept this

A Child Called It, by Dave Pelzer

1912 words - 8 pages The book, A Child Called It, by Dave Pelzer, is about a young boy named David, who was abused by his mother. The life of the boy starts out in a normal family that has issues but gets along. As the story goes on, David is like a slave to his own mother. The ending of the book is a secret until one reads or listens to this essay.The beginning of David's life was like a fairytale. His mother would take the children to places like the park, they

Similar Essays

"The Lost Boy" By Dave Pelzer

1863 words - 7 pages Dave Peltzer the author of "The Lost Boy" tells his story from the time he left his abusive mother and alcoholic father, through his experiences in five foster homes and juvenile detention, and how he eventually made it into the Air Force. He was a defiant, rebellious boy who, despite his background and personality, managed to endear himself to many guardians, social workers, and teachers. Pelzer writes in an honest, sometimes rambling, style

"The Lost Boy" By Dave Pelzer

465 words - 2 pages , because we were always in constant suspense has to what David's mother was going to do to him and how David would survive the abuse. Luckily, at the end of the novel David is saved by a teacher and taken from his abusive household. David is now put into the foster care system, and this where the second book, The Lost Boy, takes place. One thing that we did not expect from this book was for David to still be living a hard life. Foster care is no walk

Book Report On A Child Called "It" By Dave Pelzer

533 words - 2 pages A Child Called "It"By Dave PelzerA Child Called "It" is a true story based on the life of Dave Pelzer. This book tells how an abusive mother treated one of her sons and about his will to stay alive. This was a very emotional, heart touching book.At first David's life was a normal life. He had the typical family, a mother, a father and some brothers. His mom was a good mom; she always cleaned, cooked large meals and loved her family. Then one day

Child Abuse An Essay About The Books"A Child Called It" And "The Lost Boy." Written By David Pelzer

757 words - 3 pages care field. David Pelzer shares his experiences as a victim of child abuse in his autobiographies "A Child Called It," and "The Lost Boy." Without the interference of his school nurse, it is possible that Mr. Pelzer would not have survived his childhood.Signs of child abuse are actually very easy to see. Some of the many signs of child abuse are; aggressive, disruptive, and sometimes illegal behavior; anger and rage, or feelings of sadness or