Course: ACAC 0321 Reading I
Date: November 13, 2011
Title: A Child Called “It”
Author: Dave Pelzer
Publisher and Year: Health Communications, Inc.
3201 S.W. 15th Street
Deerfield Beach, Florida 33442-8190
A child called it takes place in Daly City, California March 5th, 1973. It takes place in the Early 70’s where David’s parents seemed to not really care about him and how he looked and if he was taken care of properly. During this time his father left his mother and when he did this it only made things worse for David. David is the main character in the book because the story is based on his life during his younger years when he lived with his mother. There are also other characters that play important roles in the story like his mother, the nurse, Mr. Hansen the principal at his school, and two of David’s teachers Miss Woods and Mr. Ziegler. The Nurse, Mr. Hansen, Mr. Ziegler and Miss Woods are trying to help David get rescued but they can’t let his mother find out. The major events that take place in the story are David’s mother is very abusive and she likes to play tortuous games that kill him. At times she would lock him up in the restroom and slide a towel under the door in doing this she makes him clean the restroom with bleach and other household cleaners. Another way she would torture David was she would put him in the basement and made him starve and eat out of a dog bowl. David also had to sleep on a hard cot in the basement with no covers and his clothes had holes in them and he barely owned a pair of shoes. David wasn’t treated like his other siblings he was treated worse. Another way David was tortured was his mother would play games with him and one day at school he was sent to the principal’s office and was questioned he was scared because they called his mother. When David went home that Friday she made him play a game which caused him to drink bleach and his throat was raw. At the end of the...