“A Child Called It” was an amazing book! It’s got 184 pages and 7 chapters not including Epilogue, Perspectives on child abuse, Questions and Resources for help.

This book kind of scared me in some parts because it was so graphic about how David, the abused, got stabbed in the stomach by his mother, the abuser. There’s some really bad and mean parts but I think that it’s a good book for people to read so they can realize that this book is a real story and that they really do have it good or if they have a life like David, then they can realize that it’s really not ok.

This is the kind of book that you are scared to read, but you just can’t put it down. You can read 40-50 pages at a time. It’s scary sometimes but that’s what makes you want to read. For me it was I wanted to make sure that David stayed alive and that he was going to be alright and be able to put up with his mother. He tried so hard to satisfy her.

There was one time when I read two chapters and these chapters are a good 40-45 pages each. I just couldn’t put it down. It was about how David’s mother told him to take off all his clothes. She told him she had heard about how a mother told her son to lay on top of a stove and she decided she wanted to try that out. David wasn’t stupid; he had to stall her, his brothers would be home soon and he had to make sure they were home before she could do anything. She took his arm and held it on top of the hot burner. He got away.

I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone who’s a person who gets scared easily because sometimes in the book you can really feel the pain. Sometimes you even want to cry. It’s a good book for people who can read pain and feel it, but not freak out and get nightmares. I didn’t get nightmares from this book, but if you sometimes do then this book probably wouldn’t be the best choice to read.

I would say that this book is for no one under 6th grade, but I would definitely ask parents before reading this book because if your parents say no, then it’s for a good reason. I know…I know, kids don’t want to listen to their parents sometimes but they should on this decision. I did and I could talk to my mom and sister about this book. My sister is 14 and I think she read this book at 12 or 13.

Over all this book was a really good and descriptive book. I would definitely pass it on to my children when I am older.


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