A Child Called "It" Questions and Answers
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Why does Dave's mother choose to abuse him only and not the siblings in A Child Called It?  

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A Child Called It is American author Dave Pelzer’s personal memoir of the physical and emotional abuse which he suffered at the hands of his mother as a child. Dave was abused from the age of four to twelve, when a teacher finally called the police and Dave was removed from the home and placed into foster care. At the time Dave thought he was being arrested and taken to prison.

The police officer and I walk outside, past the cafeteria. I can see some of the kids from my class playing dodge ball. A few of them stop playing. They yell, "David's busted! David's busted!"

Dave’s mother, Catherine, was initially a kind and loving mother to all of her children. However, when Dave (the middle child at the time) was four years old, Catherine became emotionally and violently abusive towards him. Catherine was violent in a number of ways including hitting him, starving him, stabbing him, making him sleep in the garage, and also making him eat vomit, feces, and ammonia. His father, who Dave had...

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