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Discuss the setting and the role it played. Describe when and where the story takes place.
Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
What are the good points of this book? What did the author do well? Tell why you liked the book.
What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
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Without giving away the ending tell whether or not the ending was satisfying. Did the end fit the story?
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A Child Called "It"

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Setting
The setting of this story is mostly just David at home and in school, being abused in both places. He talks of how his family used to be before everything changed. He also tells stories of a place in San Francisco, where he has the best memories before his life changed forever. It wasn’t long after he was about 4-5 years old that his mother suddenly began to despise him, and take every bit of anger she had towards life and put it onto David. The setting of his home brings you chills. He explains the horrifics of his home so well that you can almost imagine the house as if you are there.
Characters
David has 3 brothers, plus another brother that is born later along into the book. He also has his mother and father. Now I could tell you of how horrible his mother is, and how one day she randomly hates David and treats him as if he is a slave while she treats her other children as gold. Instead, I am going to tell you of his father, and the relationship that they have. His father never hits David, but what he does do wrong is never defend David when he sees his own wife beat David and treat him as if he is literally nothing. David feels as if his dad is the only person he has left, because even his brothers don’t see him as a person. David soon realizes that his mother has broken his father just as much as she has broken him. His father fears his mother, and feels guilt every day for not being able to rescue his son. David hates his father for never saving him, and soon grows more hate for his father than his mother.
Good Points
This book honestly really only had good points in my opinion. It’s the first book that I have actually really gotten into in a long time. The author did very well at describing the circumstances of David’s home and exactly how David felt. You can almost feel his pain and imagine his face through the words of his story. I liked this book for many reasons, but what I liked the most was the honesty of it. It didn’t sugarcoat anything. It told his life as it was, and explained every thought and feeling he experienced. It described the way she beat him, with every detail. It made me feel something, which is hard for a book to do.
Bad Points
The only bad point I can think of, which isn’t even really a bad point was that it didn’t end with a resolution. Although I know that’ll be in the next book so I’m not really upset since I will be reading it very soon.
Plot Summary
After finishing this book, I was so glad that I read it and finished such a great book. In this story, it sort of starts out with telling you the ending right from the start. He tells of the story of him being rescued in the first chapter, then in the rest of the following chapters he switches into telling the story of his life, and how it started out good and became horrible within a matter of time. The main character is a young boy named David, whose mother begins abusing him not only physically, but mentally and emotionally too. He tells of everything that she did to him for so many years. The book ends just the same; although there is more books after this one, which I am sure will finish up what happens to David and his life.
Ending
I was very satisfied with the ending of this book. Although it didn’t have much of a big resolution, it left me wanting more. Again, it did sort of tell the ending at the beginning of the book, and then moved into how it all started. I really eager to know what happens next, which will be in the rest of his series. I honestly feel like I got a lot out of this novel. I got to escape into a book that made me feel, and showed me that there are way worse things happening out there that I am blessed to not have to live with. It taught me that there are children out there experiencing this, and it needs to be fixed. Every child deserves to be love, and in this story I found out that there are many children out there with nobody to show them unconditionally love. I definitely recommend this book, it was so good. I am so excited to read more of his series.
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PG
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PG-13
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4.7
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Setting
This book takes place in San Francisco, California in the 1960’s. This is where Dave Pelzer was born and grew up. The main character in this book is Dave Pelzer. This book is all about his childhood. Dave Pelzer was beaten and abused by his mother in his childhood.

Characters
This book is about a little boy named Dave Pelzer. This story follows him through his life and takes you through his abuse that he suffers throughout of his childhood. You see how he finds the will, and courage to survive. In this story you also know how he actually manages to survive. This story take you through Dave Pelzer thought processes and what he was thinking every step of the way.
Good Points

The author did a good a job in the way he organized the book and his story. It is a very sad story, in the beginning he starts out with some happier moments in his life. Then he moves into more of the deeper and sadder moments.
Bad Points
Some parts I didn’t particularly like is that towards the end of book you can tell how Dave gets more irritated and has more of an “I don’t about anything” sort of outlook on life. This sort of ends the book on a more sad and depressing note.
Plot Summary
This book is about a little boy named Dave Pelzer. This story follows him through his life and takes you through his abuse that he suffers throughout of his childhood. You see how he finds the will, and courage to survive. In this story you also know how he actually manages to survive. This story take you through Dave Pelzer thought processes and what he was thinking every step of the way.
Ending
This is one of those stories that the ending is told in the beginning. I like how the story ended in that sense, but when i was actually done reading the story I was just left with this sense of sadness. I had to remember the beginning of the book to become happy again. However I did feel like the ending did fit the book and the story.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
R
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG-13
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Story held my interest 
 
5.0
Writing style 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0

A Child called it

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Setting
The book took place in San Franciso California, Dave was the young boy and the two most important places in the book were his "home" and also the school he went to.
Characters
One of the main most important characters was Dave he was a young boy who his mother abused him and would feed him left overs she would mostly punish him all the time, He was the Third out of the four brothers, At first his child hood was nice but then a few years later everything changed for him.
Daves mother is also a mail chacter Roevra she was the one who would punish him in many mean cruel ways like she didn't care that he was her son.
Good Points
What I liked mostly about the book was that is was based on a real story that really happend even though it was hard to read at times since it was really sad I really got into the book, There was times where I didn't want to put the book down since it was just so intersting.
Bad Points
What I didn't like about the book was how Dave's mom would treat him like it seemed likeshe didn't care that dave was her son her own blood and the way she would treat him was just awful there was times in the book were I would get mad and just think it's not fair that she would take out her anger out on him.
Plot Summary
The book is mostly Based on Dave's life on everything he had to deal with for years before getting help and getting away from his mother. It was about the cruel things she would make him do and the pain she would put Dave through for silly things.
Ending
I Loved this book it touched me, I got really into it, People should read this book because they will learn a lot out of it, They will get to see that there are other kids out there that are having a hard life that they would never even imagine.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Story held my interest 
 
5.0
Writing style 
 
4.5
Characters 
 
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A Child Called It

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Setting
A Child Called It is the true story of author David Pelzer. This stroy takes place during the 1960s and 1970s in San Fransisco. Most of the story is set either in David's house or at the school he attended. The setting of the book helps the reader understand what is happening and why. In the beginning David's house is his santcuary but as he grows older his house become the place he dreads most.
Characters
David is the third of five sons in the Pelzer family. During the years before he entered kindergarten his family was happy and cared for. His mother Roerva Pelzer was very loving to her children. She used every experience her family had to teach no matter what is was. But as time went on thing changed drastically. David's Mother started drinking, was constantly drunk and began abusing David. The loving and caring Mother David once knew changed to a cold hard woman that he hated. David began to change from a carefree child to a child constantly living in fear. His attitude toward his brothers and parents went from love and admiration to hate and fear. His childhood was striped from him and he became a slave to his family.
Good Points
Author David Pelzer wrote this book very well. The book is written in first person and uses flashbacks with in the story which I like because it helps the reader understand what was happening. Pelzer uses a lot of imagery in this book which holds the reader's attention and helps the reader understand better what is going on.
Plot Summary
David Pelzer is the son of Roerva and Stephen Pelzer. David's mother became abusive over time. She was very creative in her punishments. She would play "games" with him like the "gas chamber" and "go find that thing." His Father was his only protector in the world but as his mother's punishment got worst and he became the slave of his family even his father became cold to him.
Ending
The ending of this book was some what satisfying. Because it is the first of three books the ending doesn't tell whgat happens to David but it is all in all a good ending.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
G
Violence
R
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Story held my interest 
 
5.0
Writing style 
 
4.5
Characters 
 
5.0

The "unworthy" Child

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Setting
The book is set in 1960’s-1970’s San Francisco. Most of the novel takes place in Dave’s family home in a subdivision called Daly City. This helps develop most of the novel because it is the scene of many if not all the traumatizing events that happen to Dave throughout his life. For the entirety of this book we come to see this house a place of unending cruel acts and non-stop emotional and psychological trauma.
Characters
Dave being the author does this from his point of view looking back into his past and seeing all the events as they occur through his child hood. Characters we meet are his younger brothers Ronald and Stan, his father Stephen Joseph and most importantly his mother Catherine. The source of conflict we see between characters in mostly between Dave and his mother Catherine and at other times another important character conflict Catherine and Stephen. With Catherine and Stephen we see a very unhappy married couple whose constant arguments over Dave or as his mother refers to him “The Boy” cause the chasm in their marriage to the point where Stephan leaves the family household
Good Points
I deeply admire the way Dave wrote this book; even though it’s from his point of view we never see any real source of bias in his writing to certain characters even as we develop them ourselves.
Bad Points
This book cannot exactly be called an “enjoyable” read. Due to many of the events in the book it makes ones heart ache many times and yet at the same time we can’t help but relate and learn from a little boys trials in life and his sheer determination to make it out on top. There were not any real bad points in this novel, since it is an auto biography normally we would get a sense of bias or self-exaggeration, the book is kept in a mostly educating tone where you could almost swear you hear him reading it to you in a near monotone voice that makes constant changes in his diction as he reads.
Plot Summary
In Dave Pelzers A Child Called “It”, we read about Dave’s’ childhood and the trials that came with it. We see his life from the time he was around three through the age of nine. During this time we see how his family dynamic changes drastically as a few years and even few months go by. He tells us of the “Good times” when his family resembled the epitome of the Brady Bunch. His mother, loves her sons deeply and family outings are a constant with picnics on the Fourth of July to Christmas when decorating a tree from his father’s broad shoulders was a must. A few years after these “Good Times” we see the day when his father leaves the family home to maintain residence in the fire station that he works in, and the utter despair Dave goes through at the thought of being left alone with his mother.
Ending
The ending of this novel does fit and makes it end on a triumphant if anything satisfactory and humbling note. And thankfully though we see and end of part of a journey Dave continues his child hood memories in a second book. I took many things from this novel away from me. I realized how truly lucky I was to have a family who loves and cares for me. I realized not everyone has that blessing and even fewer can really comprehend and appreciate it to the fullest of their ability. What Mr. Pelzer is really trying to get across in this novel of his experiences is that if a situation is bad you need to get a help, it can be frightening and in some ways embarrassing but, if you don’t attempt to gain help your situation will never improve and neither will you as a person.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
G
Violence
R
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