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    Richard Pelzer, after years of witnessing and even participating in the abuse fo his older brother, finds himself on the receiving end of physical, mental, and emotional abuse dealt out by his mother. Richard describes his role as his mother's informant during the abuse suffered by his brother, his dealings with guilt and confusion, self preservation and fear. When his brother no longer lives in the home, he shifts from predator to prey.
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    Richard gives his audience a very real decription of the abuse many children are forced to suffer, society's role in witnessing the abuse and his own journey through the pain and humiliation of abuse.

The review of this Book prepared by Angela

The world was shocked when "A Child Called It" was published in 1995. In that book, which went on to sell over 3 million copies worldwide, Dave Pelzer told of horrific abuse from his mother and was emotionally and mentally terrorized by his brother Richard. Fortunately for Dave, he was removed from the Pelzer household by the time he was 13 year's old. Unfortunately, Mrs. Pelzer needed a new target for her alcohol-induced wrath. She began abusing Richard violently by beating him at night, shoving tabasco sauce down his throat, denying him clean clothes, and physically abusing him to the point of hospitalization. But this time, she made sure his wounds didn't show--she wasn't going to allow Richard to be taken, too. This is a story of Richard's struggle to survive years of abuse - and how he came to terms with his abusiveness towards his own brother.
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Plot & Themes

Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   trouble in high school    -   parental abuse Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   1 () United States    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged    -   concerned If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book    -   76%-100% of book

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