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The Lost Boy

A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family

By Dave Pelzer

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Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 07 April 2001
As a child, Dave Pelzer was brutally beaten and starved by his mother. The world knew nothing of his living nightmare and he had nothing and no one to turn to. But his dreams kept him alive - dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son. Finally, his horrific plight could no longer be hidden from the outside world and Dave's life radically changed."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.

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Dave Pelzer's memoirs have been No. 1 bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic in hardback and in paperback The sales for A Child Called It alone are in excess of half a million copies to date - the mmp edition is still No.1 on the bestseller list 6 months after publication The US edition has been a New York Times bestseller for over two years Over a million copies have been sold around the world and it has been translated into twenty languages Dave Pelzer is a hugely promotable author, recognised as one of America's most effective and respected speakers A Child Called It was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and Dave Pelzer was named one of the 10 Outstanding Americans '[Pelzer] lets you see what was going on through the eyes of the child he once was but, because he has doggedly taught himself not to hate, his voice is never shrill or hysterical. It is this cool tone that makes what he has to say even more compelling' The Times

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Dave Pelzer is recognised as one of America's most effective and respected communicators addressing corporations, conventions and health/psychology/primary care workers. His unique accomplishments have garnered personal commendations from Ronald Reagan and George Bush. He was selected as torchbearer for the 1996 Olympic Torch relay. He has dedicated his life to helping others help themselves.


Following A Child Called It (Health Communications, 1995), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and appears frequently on high school reading lists, this is the second in a planned trilogy from motivational author and speaker Pelzer. Here he tells his story from the time he left his abusive mother and alcoholic father, through his experiences in five foster homes and juvenile detention, and how he eventually made it into the Air Force. He was a defiant, rebellious boy who, despite his background and personality, managed to endear himself to many guardians, social workers, and teachers. Pelzer writes in an honest, sometimes rambling, style; he is never bitter, and his story will find many sympathetic readers. However, he leaves many questions unanswered (which may appear in the third book), dealing with his adult-life relationships, his son, the mother of that child, and the ways he turned his life around. This is sure to be popular among students and readers who await a sequel to A Child Called It. Well recommended.‘Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, Pa.

EAN: 9780752837611
ISBN: 0752837613
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.3 x 2.2 centimetres (0.18 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Melanie on
I read this book as quickly as I read the first. Now I'm ready to begin on the third.
I still find it incredible to accept that anyone could act the way Davids family did towards him.
And it's also difficult to accept that society judges "foster children" as being unworthy, or less then "normal people", when they have no idea of what the child may have been through to end up in foster care in the first place.
A child is not at fault for the behaviour of his parent.
Yet David was treated as if he were to blame for his mothers behaviour, by a system, which, even though it tries to do its best, obviously fails sometimes.
An amazing young man grew out of a tormented young boy. A credit to his spirit, and his will to live, and to find love.
Judi on
I could not put this book down. For anyone who has ever lost children through miscarriage, or has been involved with children in forser homes, this is a must read. Thoroughly enjoyable
Marzena on
I really loved this book and found that once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. It is very captivating telling the true story of the autor Dave Pelzer and his struggle with his family life and foster life. The language is easy to read and the text is easy to follow. The Lost Boy is a very good book that I recommend to people who like emotional true stories with happy endings.

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