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The Lost Boy

(Dave Pelzer #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  61,033 ratings  ·  2,859 reviews
Imagine a young boy who has never had a loving home. His only possesions 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 begining -- he has no place to call home.

This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequel to A Child Calle
Paperback, 331 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Health Communications Inc (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 woul…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)
Audrey yes did you not read the story?he got hit,kicked,punched,slapped,name-called,starven,stabbed,and tortured read the book again!!!!!!sorry spoleir

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Ahmad Sharabiani
‭The Lost Boy, Dave Pelzer
The Lost Boy (1997) is the second installment of a trilogy of books which depict the life of David Pelzer, who as a young boy was physically, emotionally, mentally, and psychologically abused by his obsessive mother. The book continues after the ending of the previous book, A Child Called "It" with David Pelzer, 9 years old, running away from his home in Daly City, California. He ends up in a bar, getting caught by a staff named Mark for stealing a quarter. Mark calls t
Apr 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I had to read this one after The Child Called It. It was also compelling and opened my eyes to the foster care system.
Ashlee G
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
By far these books have been one of my favorite series of books I have ever read. I definitely am not a big fan of autobiographies but these books are amazing!! This book is about how David made it through his teen years. He went through foster care, which took him to court, away from his mom and his family, and took him through a whole different life. He saw a chance so he ran. His mom, dad, and his siblings were not out of the picture. David missed his little brother Keven, his dad (for the mo ...more
Nov 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
"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
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
Feb 06, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Lorraine Southern
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
17/85, 5 stars *****

This book made me cry. One of the most heartbreaking things about this time period for the author (ages 12-18) is that all he still wanted, despite everything his mother had done to him, was her love and to know why she treated him the way she did. Ultimately, he manages to forgive both her for her abuse and his father for his neglect and I find it all so amazing. This author is truly inspirational. By telling his story, he teaches resilience and forgiveness and shows how the
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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"The lost boy" is a sequel to, "A Child Called It," and it continues where the first memoir left off. This, the second book, takes the reader through the author's years in foster care after being taken away from his...well, crazy mother. It is great to hear positive opinions on the foster care system since most of what is reported is horrible. Dave's strength, perseverance, and unshakeable spirit are extremely inspiring, and it is heartbreaking to learn of his experiences. This book is extremely ...more
Brit McCarthy
May 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
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
Kelly Furniss
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in this trilogy starts to deliver as much shock as the first about the appalling treatment David suffered but then his fight for survival and love shine through as he is finally removed and placed in different foster homes.
It was amazing near the end going on to see just what David achieved and the real strength of character he has, I was in complete awe. The epilogue notes I found really added to the story as we got the recollections of the main characters in Davids life at the
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kim by: Sarah Stephens
Shelves: true-stories
good book even though it was sad
Kelsey C
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think that this book definitely helped me satisfy my wish for the kid to find a loving place to stay. I think that this book shows how much courage he had going to court and that amazed me how he did that. I would recommend this book to everyone who has read the first one because it is just amazing to hear the aftermath and how he dealt with everything.
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Izzy Brogaard
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Aimee O'Donnell
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Lindsay Bui
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Katie Siehr
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Krystal Chihuahua
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book because it has a very detailed description about a very young boys life named David. Lives in a physical and verbal abuse home with an alcoholic mother that has so much hate towards her son David. His mother doesn't give him the "identity" of a child. Just imagine 7 year old getting hit and beaten everyday without any cry out for help. Terrified of everything and anything that surrounds him. His only possession that he can call his own is his torn up clothes that he has in ...more
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Emily Smarjesse
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Cam Rogers
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer

Rating: 7


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
Rebecca Zambrano
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
"I'm alone. I'm hungry and I'm shivering in the dark. I sit on top of my hands at the bottom of the stairs in the garage. My head is tilted backward. My hands became numb hours ago. My neck and shoulder muscles begin to throb. But that's nothing new - I've learned to turn off the pain."The Lost Boy"the second installment of a trilogy. New York Times #1 International Bestseller By Dave Pelzer Will have you intrigued from the moment you read the first sentence. There's no doubt David wants to plea ...more
Joanna Cabot
Feb 11, 2012 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
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dee Toomey
Nov 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 04, 2015 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
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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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