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"Dave Pelzer's child experience is a testimony to the triumph of the human spirit. This book vividly articulates the abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother and the unbelievable apathy of others to his plight. Pelzer's courage and determination will go a long way in helping the millions of children in America who, too often, suffer every day in silence." Mark Riley Child Welfare League of America "Everything began to point to one thing: this kid was being beaten and punished far beyond normal parental practice." Steven E. Ziegler, Teacher Daly City, California The subtitle for some editions is One Child's Courage to Survive." Pelzer tells his story with contempt or bitterness despite his parents' repeated attempts to murder him. The other books in this series are available from Bookshare.
From the Book jacket: As more than three million readers have learned from his three previous books, Dave Pelzer doesn't believe in feeling sorry for himself. Abused mercilessly by his mother as a child, Dave has taken everything that happened to him and turned it into something positive so that he can help others. Now happily married and with a child of his own, he celebrates the twin pillars of strength that saw him through his darkest hours: resilience and gratitude. And he shows how anyone can tap in to these virtues to live a better and more fulfilling life In Help Yourself, Dave Pelzer explains how we can move beyond a painful history, harmful negative thoughts, and innumerable setbacks by taking control and being accountable for our lives. Pelzer's three autobiographical books are available from Bookshare in a collected edition titled, "My Story."
Imagine a young boy who has never had a loving home. His only possessions are the old, torn clothes he carries in a paper bag. The only world he knows is one of isolation and fear. Although others had rescued this boy from his abusive alcoholic mother, his real hurt is just beginning -- he has no place to call home. This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequel to A Child Called "It". In The Lost Boy, he answers questions and reveals new adventures through the compelling story of his life as an adolescent. Now considered an F-Child (Foster Child), Dave is moved in and out of five different homes. He suffers shame and experiences resentment from those who feel that all foster kids are trouble and unworthy of being loved just because they are not part of a "real" family. Tears, laughter, devastation and hope create the journey of this little lost boy who searches desperately for just one thing -- the love of a family.
"All those years you tried your best to break me, and I'm still here. One day you'll see, I'm going to make something of myself." --Dave Pelzer, from A Man Named Dave. These words were Dave Pelzer's declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self-reliance. Dave's father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality, denying him food and clothing, torturing him in any way she could imagine. This was the woman who told her son she could kill him any time she wanted to--and nearly did. The more than two million readers of Pelzer's previous international bestsellers, A Child Called "It" and The Lost Boy, know that he lived to tell his courageous story. A Man Named Dave is the gripping conclusion to his inspirational trilogy. With stunning generosity of spirit, Dave Pelzer invites readers on his journey to discover how he turned shame into pride and rejection into acceptance.
This omnibus edition (originally published in Great Britain) includes the three books which comprise Dave Pelzer's autobiography: A Child Called "It", Lost Boy, and A Man Named Dave. As a child, Pelzer suffered many tortures and abuses from his mother. When he was rescued he was considered the third worse case of child abuse in California History. This story is not a story of sorrow however. It is the story of one man's survival. It is the human triumph of not quitting, of finding oneself, and of finding answers to questions which are probably unanswerable.
The #1 New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author who is a shining example of what overcoming adversity really means now shares the lost chapter of his uplifting journey, which has touched the lives of millions. From A Child Called "It" to The Lost Boy, from A Man Named Dave to Help Yourself, Dave Pelzer's inspirational books have helped countless others triumph over hardship and misfortune. In The Privilege of Youth, he supplies the missing chapter of his life: as a boy on the threshold of adulthood. With sensitivity and insight, he recounts the relentless taunting he endured from bullies; but he also describes the thrill of making his first real friends--some of whom he still shares close relationships with today. He writes about the simple pleasures of exploring his neighborhood, while trying to forget the hell waiting for him at home. The Privilege of Youth bravely and compassionately charts this crucial turning point in Dave Pelzer's life and will inspire a whole new generation of readers. "A monumental series of books about courage and triumph. Pelzer demonstrates, as few have, that it is in the darkest skies that the stars are best seen." -Richard Paul Evans, New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box "A living example that all of us have the capability to better ourselves no matter what the odds. Dave Pelzer inspires us all." -Jack Canfield, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul "Dave Pelzer is a living testament to resilience, personal responsibility, and the triumph of the spirit." -John Bradshaw, author of Homecoming and Family Secrets
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