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The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search For The Love Of A Family (Dave Pelzer #2)

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The Lost Boy "The Lost Boy" is the harrowing but ultimately uplifting true story of a boy's journey through the foster-care system in search of a family to love. This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequel to "A Child Called "It". The Lost Boy" is Pelzer's story--a moving sequel and inspirational read for all. Full description
Paperback, 340 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Health Communications (first published 1997)
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Jen Same,I can relate to A CHILD CALLED "IT" my abuse wasn't as severe but it was still bad. If it wasn't for my grandparents then more than likely I…moreSame,I can relate to A CHILD CALLED "IT" my abuse wasn't as severe but it was still bad. If it wasn't for my grandparents then more than likely I wouldn't be alive today so I thank them so more that I can't even explain how much I thank them for saving me from my abusive home.The abuse that I have went thru has effected me in my school life,social life and home life..Some of the effects are positive and some are negative.I struggle with depression because of it for one I have been struggling with depression for about 4 years but im working thru it and I have friends to help me as well.But after I read this book I knew that anything is possible That book is a very inspirational story and I'm very glad that he decided to share it with the world I'm currently readng the second book THE LOST BOY and I'm on page 80 I have never read a book as interesting as this.(less)
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May 13, 2008 Nateran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There Is Always Hope
Apr 03, 2008 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lost Boy, written by bestselling author David Pelzer, is about David’s own struggle in foster care. In this book, David has a conflict internally and externally. The internal conflict is how he feels sad and worthless after all those early years of abuse. The external conflict is between David and his mother. When David was about seven to nine, he excessively abused by his mother. Therefore, with the frequent visits she pays him at his different foster homes, she acts as though he is still w ...more
قصي بن خليفة
عندي هذا الكتاب منذ مدة طويلة ولم أعره اهتماماً
قلت ربما يكون رواية فيها معاناة ولا أحب الروايات المأساوية أو ربما يكون كتبه أحد التربويين عن طفل متشرد ولا يختلف الأمر كثيراً في نظري
ولكن ما إن تناولته لم استطع تركه! فهو كما قلت قصة مأساوية ولكن من الكاتب؟ الطفل نفسه
ولكن بالطبع كبر وأصبح هو نفسه مستشاراً تربوياًوكتب هذه القصة لا أدري متى هل دون ملاحظات أيام طفولته التعيسة وهو في منتهى الشقاء أم من ذاكرته وهذا استبعده لأن الأحداث كتبت بتفصيل وتعبير كأنها تحدث الآن ولكن أن يدون الطفل الصغير هذه الم
Nov 16, 2007 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Lost Boy" is the sequel to "A Child Called It," and it continues where the first memoir left off. This, the second installment, takes the reader through the author's years in foster care after being taken away from his sadistic mother. It is refreshing to hear positive commentary on the foster care system, since most of what is reported is horrible. Dave's strength, perseverence, and unshakeable spirit are extremely inspiring, and it is heartbreaking to learn of his experiences. This is a m ...more
Apr 02, 2008 Delenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this one after The Child Called It. It was also compelling and opened my eyes to the foster care system.
Feb 06, 2010 S rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lost Boy is a sequel to "A Child Called It" which basically depicts the life of David (the author) at ages 12-18 years old.

The first book tells you about this little (literally) kid who was strong and determined enough to stay alive amidst all the abuse his mother had put him through.
This second part of the trilogy, however, tells you about a boy who's trying to become a man in order to fit in to the society that's all new to him.

After being rescued from his mother's abusive claws, Dave was
A truly amazing story of Dave Pelzer, the little boy who was viciously abused by his mother. Again, I can’t come close to understanding the viciousness of this woman and how she could treat her own son this way. It is truly amazing that Dave survived and became successful as he did. Dave is so right about Foster Care and the System. I met a woman at work who became a Foster Parent and I truly looked at her in a different light. It takes an extraordinary person to commit themselves to something l ...more
Mar 21, 2012 Thea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that explains the kids way of thinking, tells us how hard it is for anyone to fit in especially if everyone else thinks that you are different. I think the moral of the story is to understand, care and love children more.

David is a perfect example of a child craving for attention. Any child if not given the proper attention and guidance, even the most angelic and the nicest child in the world, can do things that may hurt others, destroy some property or worst destroy his own futu
Apr 07, 2009 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a very interesting and good book. It told me alot about how some kids just dont have the life they want. Alot of kids don't know how to appreciate something until they grow up. This book was about a little boy who had gotton beat all of his life. His mom doesn't treat him like a mom is suppose to: with care. She calls him names and mean things a mother shouldn't say Dave was the little boys name. I learned alot from this book. Soemtimes I think I'm living in hell and i don't learn ...more
Izzy Brogaard
Mar 25, 2015 Izzy Brogaard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 05, 2011 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Response #16

I fell in love with this book. It was amazing. This book is a sequel to the first book called 'The Child Called It'. Some kids, teens or adults are afraid to talk about their abusive childhood past. The author does an autobiography about his past, how his mother made him drink washing detergent and make him vomit food. I cannot even imagine that this could even happen. Pelzer's father never bothered to help his own son, I cried when I read this book. It shocked me just to rea
Mar 04, 2014 Connie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio-child-abuse
This is a continuation of the series from the book A Child Called It. This takes place after Mr. Pelzer is removed from his home and into foster care at the age of 12. The book starts off with a heart wrenching scene of the gross mistreatment to him by his mother. I couldn't even get through the first chapter without practically crying on the outside and screaming on the inside, "Why did this happen to him?" Throughout the book I wanted to know why his mother was such a monster and why did she s ...more
Mar 02, 2016 Susie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The lost boy is about a teenager who's had a rough life. He gets abused by his mother, eventually he gets out of the house and goes into foster care. He gets moved throughout lots of foster homes and schools. The purpose of this book is to show people what children who are in a similar situation go through. I think the author is trying to tell the children who go though this that they aren't alone. In my opinion the author achieved this purpose by showing so much emotion. There was also a lot of ...more
Jan 20, 2011 Cordavia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To me this book was sad because i couldnt believe that a mother would treat her own flesh and blood like an animal.I couldnt believe that a mother would hurt her child the way david pelzer mother hurt him for so many years.I feel that this book is a good way to get children that are going through some of the things that david go through out of this situation.This book an so many ways could be helpful because at the very end of the book theres like an phone book of numbers that can be of some hel ...more
Katie Siehr
Oct 04, 2012 Katie Siehr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the book "The Lost Boy", which is a sequel to the book, "A Child Called It" it was about a man named Dave Pelzer's, and life as a foster child. "The Lost Boy" is an autobiography. In this book I read about how Dave had changed over the years of being a foster child because of the things he had gone through.

David Pelzer's life as a kid wasn't exactly perfect. He was abused by his parents for most of his life. His mother wasn't nice to him and his father was an alcoholic. His mother would
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The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer

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In his sequel to the haunting and devastating A Child Called “It”, Dave Pelzer takes us through the journey of his removal from his mother’s cruel home and into the world of a foster child. As an “F-Child” in Northern California in the early 1970s, Dave often faces hostility and prejudice from other children, teachers, and the community at large. Dave describes the various foster homes in which he was placed, ongoing court battles with his mother, and h
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Aimee O'Donnell
Mar 06, 2013 Aimee O'Donnell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book I read for quarter three was “The Lost Boy”, by Dave Pelzer. This book is the sequel to the series of, “A Child Called It”. The author’s purpose of writing this novel was to show that God can give you any struggle in your life; however he will not give you any difficulty that you cannot handle. He has a plan for everybody, and it will all work out in the end. I feel that David tries to tell everyone who is reading the story that you should never give up on something even if it is the li ...more
Joanna Cabot
Feb 11, 2012 Joanna Cabot rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Begun this with hesitation after not being terribly impressed by the first book in this memoir trilogy, but since it was a library book and it was fairly short, I was curious to see how Pelzer's story continued. There were many issues left unresolved after the first book, and this one addressed many of them and was a vast improvement. Pelzer's style does tend to the melodrama (lots of exclamation points and declarations that a moment was a turning point in his future) but I respect what he has o ...more
Emily Smarjesse
Oct 04, 2012 Emily Smarjesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author’s purpose in writing The Lost Boy is to show how one boy finds ways to survive in his life. He tries to find his strengthens and weaknesses to balance out his daily routine. The boy is telling the story, which is easier for him to express how he feels.
The theme of The Lost Boy is to fight your way through life’s struggles because struggles make you stronger. In the beginning of the book, the struggle begins like this, “I’m alone. I’m hungry and I’m shivering in the dark…My neck and
Dec 13, 2012 Correna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Lost Boy

The book, The Lost Boy, by Dave Pelzer, tells a story of a boy named David and his personal experiences through the search for the love of a family. It is a sad story based around his physical and mental abuse that he receives from his mother. David is eventually placed into multiple foster homes, seeking for the safety and love from others. An important theme in this story tells us about the importance of staying strong and never giving up.

David received the strength to run away fro
Dee Toomey
Nov 05, 2009 Dee Toomey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To say that David Pelzer came from "a dysfunctinal home" would be like saying the Jews were "treated badly" during the holacaust! How he literally survived is a puzzle, but how he survived to go one to live a "normal" life is a miracle. We all have baggage, but this man carries a whole set of luggage!

This story picks up where "A Child Called It" left off. At 12 years old, he finally escapes the hell he lived in as a child. Yet, as an adolescent, foster-home juggling can bring trials and troubles
Xavier Sim
Sep 13, 2015 Xavier Sim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dave Pelzer

I read this book called “The Lost Boy “Its about a boy that is resented by his family, day by day he gets to by his parents. He never had a place he could call home.

In the Lost Boy Dace Pelzer relives his life as a foster child, in and out of five different homes. People think that foster kids are unworthy of love, and resented his presence, forcing him to suffer, but still Dave never stop hoping and searching for love of a real family.

My favorite part of the book is when Dave fina
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 01/08/1997
Author: Dave Pelzer
Recommended for: fans of true life novels

This is the sequel to A Child Called It, in this book we read about the next stage in Dave Pelzer's life. It is a truly amazing and inspiring book, it is one that will move you to tears and make you feel for him. He grew up in an abuse household, with no-one to turn to, in the series of books about his life he reveals just how bad his life was when he was growing up and how he managed to make something of his life d
It is such an inspiring and addictive book. I have really enjoyed reading it. The book was written in a child's viewpoints yet the language wasn't written in a childish way. As a reporter from “the times" said: “It is the cool tone that makes what he has to say even more compelling.” The book is about the author's real life. It is a sequel the two books; A Child Called It and A Man Named Dave. The book is about a boy named David who was abused by his own mother. It takes you through his life exp ...more
Nov 29, 2012 Debby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This sequel to A Child Called It is Pelzer's profoundly moving story of the years he spent in the foster care system after being being made a Wad of the Court thus freeing him from his abusive mother. Pelzer sheds light on the foster care system and the impact that certain people had in his young life that enabled him to eventually become, through great difficulty, a success story and an advocate for troubled youth and for the foster care system.
This book moved me to tears and was very eye-open
Aug 02, 2011 Jojo.r13 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب رائع، المعاناة مؤلمة جدا، كان تائها حقا بين تلك العوائل التي لا تشعرك بالاستقرار، خصوصا في تذبذب التربية في كل عائلة أحدها متساهلة والثانية حازمة والثالث مترفة فلا يعتاد على جو معين إلا وينتقل إلى جو آخر، ناهيك عن الآثار النفسية المؤلمة التي تسببت بها أمه التي لا أدري كيف أصبحت أما؟ ما كان ينقصه وقتها هو الإيمان الحقيقي بالله الذي يستطيع اللجوء إليه عند كل محنة، الترجمة جيدة، وعموما فالترجمة التي تنقل لي المعنى الصحيح بشيء من الأدب الرفيع تكفيني، لأني لا أستطيع مقارنتها بما كتب بالعربية ابت ...more
Brit McCarthy
The second book in the Dave Pelzer trilogy is The Lost Boy, chronicling Dave’s life in foster homes from the age of twelve to eighteen. Again I have come to the end and feel immediately like I have to put a few other books in between this and the next and final book, A Man Named Dave. I don’t feel like another book is necessary but have decided to read it for the sake of completeness.

At the start of the book, Dave insists this one is written using the language and perspective he had at that age.
Desiree Zempel
Mar 20, 2014 Desiree Zempel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It was a foster boy who was going through hell. It had his struggles as a young child. He was extremely abused. His father left him, and his mother was the one abusing him. It went to a foster home after going through hell for so many years of his life. When It was in the foster home, he still faced struggles with what has happened to him, and had trust issues. It got old enough to the point where he was allowed to leave the foster home. That will lead into the next book called “A Man Named Davi
Reem Tharwat
Oct 03, 2015 Reem Tharwat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كلما انتهيت من رواية عظيمة يتضح إنها تروي واقعة حقيقية. مذهل كيف ممكن تكون حياة البعض مليئة بهذا القدر من التجارب حتى لو كان مجملها مآساوي.
حسيت بديفد الطفل المضطهد. وكيف ممكن يوصل الإنسان لمرحلة يكاد يفقد فيها عقله بسبب التأثير السلبي للناس من حوله، فعلاً الناس مرعبين.

يالله فعلاً من رحم المعاناة يكتشف الشخص أفضل صوره.. حبيت الرواية جداً، كرهت دار النشر *العربية للعلوم* ترجمة رديئة للغاية ولكن ما يضر إن الرواية تستحق خمس نجوم.

أتمنى أتعلم كديفد ولكن بطريقة أقل وجعاً.
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An author best known for his 1995 memoir of childhood abuse, A Child Called It.

At the age of 12, Dave was removed from an abusive home and placed in a series of foster homes. In 1979, he joined the Air Force and later became an author of memoirs and self-improvement books.
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“You have to understand that in a person's life there are a few precious moments in which decisions, choices that you make now, will affect you for the rest of your life.” 30 likes
“David what your mother did to you was wrong. Verry wrong.No child deserves to be treated like that. She's sick.” 17 likes
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