Dave has experienced a truly extraordinary life. As a child, he endured the horrors of child abuse which included physical torture, mental cruelty, and near starvation. Dave was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous games--games that left him Dave nearly dead. With only his willpower to survive, He learned how to play his Mother's sinister games in order to survive because she no longer considered Dave a son but a slave, and no longer a boy but an "It."

Upon Dave's rescue, he was identified as one of the most severely abused children in California's history. At age 12, Dave's teachers risked their careers to notify the authorities and saved his life. Once he entered the foster care system, Dave fights for a stable setting, but found himself moving in out of five different homes, while continuing the fight to cope with his past. Throughout his journey, social service personnel, educators, counselors, and foster parents give their all to ensure Dave's well-being and protection from his vindictive mother, who, at one point, wishes to have Dave committed to a mental institution.

Once he left the foster care system at age 18, Dave enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. As a young adult Dave was determined to better himself--no matter what the odds.

As a member of the armed forces, Dave was hand-picked to midair refuel the highly secretive SR-71 Blackbird and the F-117 Stealth Fighter, which played a major role in Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield, and Desert Storm.

Some of Dave's distinctive accomplishments have been recognized through a number of awards, as well as personal commendations from Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. In 1990, he was the recipient of the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award, making him the California Volunteer of the Year. In 1993, Dave was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans. He joins a distinguished group of alumni which includes: John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Anne Bancroft, Orson Welles, Walt Disney, and Nelson Rockefeller. In 1994, Dave was the only American to be honored as one of The Outstanding Young Persons of the World. He also carried the coveted Centennial flame for the 1996 Olympics.

Dave's first book, A Child Called "It," was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. It tells his story as a young child. Dave is one of the only authors to have three books simultaneously on the New York Times Best Sellers List and the first author to have two books simultaneously on this list in trade paperback. All three books are highly acclaimed throughout the world. Dave's incredible life's story was featured on The Montel Williams Show, Sally Jesse, and Barbara Walter's The View.

Dave's unique and intriguing outlook on life, coupled with his "Robin Williams" like wit and sense of humor entertain and encourage men and women to overcome any obstacle while living life to its fullest. Dave is a living testament of resilience, faith in humanity, and personal responsibility. This is what makes him one of the most exceptional and unequaled entities of today. As an author, educator, and consultant, Dave has dedicated his life helping others . . . to help themselves.

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Dave Pelzer. A true

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Dave Pelzer. A true successful survive. I loved your books, they did send a chill down my spine but they are amazing. You are a success story and to many a Hero. You give motivation to life. A.K.A Ricki Bobby

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why did you mother threat

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why did you mother threat you like this ....why were you the only one who got always abused from her

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dear dave, thank you so much

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dear dave,
thank you so much for all your books. they are so amazing and make me feel more thankful for my life. keep making more please? :)

alexandra l. 7th grade

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I love your books so much i

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I love your books so much i read the first 2 over and over again. every time i read them i can never put them down. I tell everyone about the books and tell them they have to watch them LOL. I love you Dave Pelzer

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Dear Dave, i love your books

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Dear Dave,
i love your books because you tell it like it is , i was in foster care to and i was in and out of foster homes i thought i had it bad until i read your book ,i know the foster parent you had treated you well ,mine did'nt but i love your books .

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Dave I wanted to know why

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Dave I wanted to know why you wrote the book A Child Called "It" im doing a project on it?

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I loved your books dave,

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I loved your books dave, they were really good. My story is very similar, and it was good to see I was not alone and that someone was going to raise awareness on issues like this one.-Slade Martin AK

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dear dave pelzer, im

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dear dave pelzer,

im thankful for the books you wrote its amazing how much you told like it just happend yesterday it made me think how much better my life is and i should appreciate what people do for me because they dont have to do anything.. im sorry for your rough child hood but look so much good came out of it you have kids and a beautiful wife and you done have to go back because your so much better then your mother will ever be.
signed tina.

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you have inspired me so much

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you have inspired me so much i read all your books and there so amazing and im sorry for what youve been throughi cried on almost all your books a child should not be goin through that

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Dear Dave i loved your book

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Dear Dave i loved your book have a question if you had to face your mother what would you say to her and would you be able to trust her again after all she had put you through in your life your book a child called it was a great boo

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my name is Birute.I`am 25

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my name is Birute.I`am 25 years old. I live in Lithuania,in Europe.
when i read your book "a child called "it", I cried because tihs story is almost my story. My father are how is your mother.
I cut off my father, but me and mens it was difficult in friendships, because that i think all see me of me as my father.
but now everything is OK. I am engaged to a wonderful man:)
Thank you for your openness.
Good luck, dear Dave ;)

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Dear Dave, your books are

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Dear Dave,
your books are totally amazing i must say. a child called "it" really touched me due to the fact that i at times complain so much about my life not knowing that i have what so many kids wish for. now i truly understand what it means to appreciate having a family and to have food in your stomach everyday. you have touched many lives with your testimony. i wish that everyone in the world would read this book. am doing the best i can to get as much people to read it. thank you Dave for being such a great hero and sharing your story with the world. all my respect goes to you.

love your fan,
Oreo

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i love all your books that u

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i love all your books that u wrote bc it told me how good my life is n knowing that my life could be like yours

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Dave, I love your book a

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Dave,
I love your book a child called it. My brother, my sister, and I all read it. My sister and I was abused by my mother's boyfriend. I feel your pain.

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i cant believe he kept it

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i cant believe he kept it together it must have been really hard luckly it done with.

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i was severely abused as wel

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i was severely abused as wel and he is my hero
its like our moms got togeher and decided to abuse us.. only difference is im 16 hes like 40 i love you dave ur my hero really... after i read that book i knew that i haddddd to try adn be better then my mom

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I absolutley loved A child

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I absolutley loved A child called "It"

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Dear Dave Pelzer, Thank you

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Dear Dave Pelzer,

Thank you for writing the book.

God bless you.
Anya

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Dave Peltzer, What an

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Dave Peltzer, What an amazing story. I am about to launch a memoir that took me 23 years to write about growing up in 7 different Foster Homes in the 70's. You can visit my website at www.edgeofunthinkable.com and I would love to hear from you. A couple of my friends have met you and I am also interested. Paula

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Really? Haven't read it yet.

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Really? Haven't read it yet. Does it get better after chapter 5?

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i couldnt even bare the 5th

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i couldnt even bare the 5th chapter of the book it that was so terrible

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wow i lo ve his books and am

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wow i lo ve his books and am writing a report about him for school

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dave pelzer made me want to

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dave pelzer made me want to adopt a kid when i get old enough.....im 14, but yeah. My mom was alchoholic and died on mothers day when i was six. i never met my dad. this has shaped me in ways i never knew. every time my a family member died, i could feel me, breaking. so much of me is missing now, and i realize that even though i was beat and neglected, im adopted now, to a family like the one you moved in with on Duinsmore. just like them. and we need to know we can make it through this.

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i really love your books. my

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i really love your books. my mom hits me. i thought she was bad. but more i think about it you had a lot worser life then me. i only have 2 more years to live with this. im 16 years old

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i like his book more than

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i like his book more than the other books

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Resilience is the process of

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Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or even significant sources of stress -- such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or entering the foster care system. It means "bouncing back" from difficult experiences and not letting setbacks get your down.

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what does the word resilient

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what does the word resilient mean? where you resilient

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Dave, I know how it is to be

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Dave,

I know how it is to be abused to that extent. I am ashamed that this world has come to this and all. I was physically abused and sexually abuse since age 9. it is a horrible fate that comes about. I used to hate when people would ridicule me because of the fact that I had to be put in foster care and sent to several group homes. I am glad that you published these books so that many people can realize that us foster children are not in foster care for any fault of our own. It also allows them to see how abuse will affect the child. I just wish that I could be like you in learning to forgive. I still have a hard time and what makes it worse is I have a 3 year old child. I know that I will break the chain I just have to keep surviving and fighting the odd. You are my hero and I wish you the best. I know that you will be a good influence to your son. Thanks for making it so that people understand a lot more about what we foster children go through.

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dave pelzer i love your

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dave pelzer i love your books i didnt become interested in reading untill i read your books

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Dave, i have read your books

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Dave,
i have read your books and i am truly amazed and inspired. these books are very emotional and..tear jerking! You are a brave man for sharing this with the world. and an even braver as a boy..

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i went through the same

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i went through the same thing just not as bad..i know how it is to be abused

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I pray to be as strong as

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I pray to be as strong as you were and are Mr. Pelzer

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Dave, I am a 12 year old and

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Dave, I am a 12 year old and I have read the first two books Child Called It and The Lost Boy and have been wanting to help. I dont know if there is anything i cando to help foster parents at this age but i promiced myself that i will become a foster parent and take care of childern just like you. When i read that all you ever wanted was to have your mothers love i was in class and started crying out loud. I wish that you didnt have to go through that but now I want to help kids that went through this kind of stuff.

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Dave, you amaze me

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Dave, you amaze me

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I love his booooks!

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I love his booooks!

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it is very brave of you to

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it is very brave of you to let ur life story to the world not many pple kan do that and u are the best auther ever.

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i know that its hard to go

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i know that its hard to go through everyhing and be able to deal with your life...Its an insiration to have someone that has been through this. i wanted to know what it would take for you to come to kansas and speak to a group of foster kids to be able to let them know that there are people all around the country that have been in this situation and to let them know that there word could mean alot in this world

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i cried at ur storys u truly

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i cried at ur storys u truly are a hero

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Dave your an inspiration Im

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Dave your an inspiration Im sure you wont see this but I hope to one day get to meet you.. I read your book at age 15 and am now almost 18 aging out of foster care. I truly hope to inspire youth with my story just like you did with yours.. Congradulations on the accomplishments if anyone deserves it you do....ash
Loving myself was the hardest thing but finding myself was a journey i succeeded in!!

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we realy loved your books

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we realy loved your books and i hope u forget everything that happened to u

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Dave I enjoy reading your

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Dave I enjoy reading your book and I think that your a great person and I enjoyed hearing your story at a teen conference I went a few years back. i made me move forward with some of the things i had a hard time dealing with so thank for the encourage.

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u r a lucky person to surviv

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u r a lucky person to surviv that

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what was the name of the dam

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what was the name of the dam foster home you Dave were sent to?
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awww dave your sooo luck you

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awww dave your sooo luck you lived threw the beating of ur mom

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