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#351622 - 01/23/11 08:51 AM The Lost Boy
peanutarms Offline

Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 33
idk if this is a repeat post but.

The lost boy:
a foster child's search for the love of a family

the synopsis: 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 beginning -- he has no place to call home. This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequel to A Child Called "It." In this book, he answers questions & reveals new adventures through the compelling story of his life as an adolescent. Now considered an F-Child (Foster Child), Dave is moved in and out of five different homes. He suffers shame and experiences resentment from those who feel that all foster kids are trouble and unworthy of being loved just because they are not part of a "real" family. Tears, laughter, devastation and hope create the journey of this little lost boy who searches desperately for just one thing -- the love of a family. You will not be able to put down this harrowing but ultimately uplifting true story of a boy's journey through the foster-care system, in search of a family to love. A retired Air Force air crew member, Dave played a major role in Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield & Desert Storm. Dave was selected for the unique task of midair refueling of the then highly secretive SR-71 Blackbird & F-117 Stealth Fighter. While serving in the Air Force, Dave worked in juvenile hall & other programs involving "youth at risk" throughout California. His unique accomplishments have garnered commendations from Presidents Reagan, Bush & Clinton. In 1994 he was the only American who received the Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award.--Annotation. (i did not write this and give full credit to google books).

and the prequil A child called "It":
one child's courage to survive

Until the End-Breaking Benjamin

#351623 - 01/23/11 09:09 AM Re: The Lost Boy [Re: peanutarms]
Darkheart Offline

Registered: 08/30/05
Posts: 331
Loc: Illinois
I love David's books...they trigger me badly...but i love em anyway....

My Story...

#381278 - 01/02/12 08:15 PM Re: The Lost Boy [Re: Darkheart]
creyes99 Offline

Registered: 11/15/11
Posts: 66
Loc: Indio, CA
i met this guy. a little weird, but a very positive guy.

#381340 - 01/03/12 03:17 PM Re: The Lost Boy [Re: creyes99]
unhappycamper Offline

Registered: 10/21/11
Posts: 756
Loc: VA
I read all three of David Pelzer's books (back when I was feeling more stable!) I think I also read that his sibling(s) said that not everything he wrote about the parental abuse was true--though I'm sure MS posters understand something about "denial." Obviously we have no first-hand knowledge either way.

There's no question, however, that the foster "care" systems in most states are at least as bad as he paints them. However, Ashley Rhodes-Courter in her memoir "Three Little Words" relates a happier ending to her experiences in the Florida foster system--despite FL's often starring in news horror stories about the fates of foster kids.



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