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The Lost Boy

By: David Pelzer
Narrated by: Brian Keeler
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Summary

The Lost Boy spent over two years on the New York Times best-seller list and has profoundly influenced more than one million readers' lives.

Following the tremendous success of Pulitzer Prize nominee A Child Called "It", this book continues the extraordinary tale of author Dave Pelzer's childhood. On the verge of adolescence, Dave is rescued from his terrifyingly abusive, alcoholic mother and made a permanent ward of the court. Then the real journey begins. He is moved from one foster home to another, searching for identity and family. A rebellious, defiant boy, Dave seeks attention by shoplifting and even spends time in juvenile detention when suspected of arson. Finally, after five sets of foster parents, he finds a mother and father who love him.

Pelzer, who has received commendations from Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, travels throughout the world inspiring others through speeches and work to prevent child abuse. His courageous story is enhanced by Brian Keeler's thoughtful narration.

Listen to the first book in David Pelzer's harrowing, multi-part memoir of child abuse: A Child Called "It".
©1997 David Pelzer (P)2001 Recorded Books

Critic reviews

"This is sure to be popular among students and readers who await a sequel to A Child Called "It". Well recommended." ( Library Journal)

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Brilliant follow up to ‘a boy called it’. Brilliant to see him come through such a difficult childhood and the challenges he faced growing up without his parents (if you could call them parents), They were evil to the core

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Emotional....VERY Emotional!

After "A Child called It" I just had to see how this poor boy tackled through his life.
I felt I wanted to be with him every step of the way!
courageous and honest is an understatement!
incredibly raw and deep thought provoking!
be prepared to feel many emotions that will stick with you long after the last page.

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touching story

I read a child called it a while back and remembered how poignant but well written it was. so of course I had to hear more and journey with David. I'm grateful he chose to tell his story, it's a very important perspective to have such insight into. its raw real and believable. with that said I feel the narrator lacks in vulnerability in some areas where its needed to be communicated more

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gripping read!

as gripping as the rest of his and his brothers books.... just would LOVE to read his mothers story to see what pathetic excuses she has!

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Heart breaking!

A difficult listen but makes you appreciate life and in particular my childhood which at times you feel wasn't perfect but pretty dam idyllic after listening to this.

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TEN OUT OF TEN....A MUST READ!!!

This book is amazing. It's the sadddest book you will ever read and it'll take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. It left me in tears quite a few times. The narrator was amazing too. He had a child-like innocence in his voice, which really made you feel like you were in the writers shoes. Be prepared...

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The fact he never gave up

After a boy called It, this shows how his coping mechanisms were failed to be noticed, the stigma attached to foster children, as if it’s their fault and his unrelentless search for why. I’ll be getting the next one now.

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inspirational fantastic

good for you David what a inspirational man love the story proves anything is possible if you put your mind too it

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HAPYY ENDING

So happy that he as now his own life and free to live it with his wife and son

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worthwhile and moving

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

yes - "a child called it" is not a pleasant read but one that should be read and this continues the story

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well read believable

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This is not "entertainment" but is very "moving" - at first you find it difficult to comprehend the relationship, or lack of, with David's Parents. The saddest part is that by the end of the first book you believe how real it all is and this one adds some of the optimism that no matter how bad life gets there is a way thought it

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