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The Lost Boy:
"Winter 1970, Daly City, California--I'm alone. I'm hungry and I'm shivering in the dark. I sit on the top of my hands at the bottom of the stairs in the garage. My head is tilted backward. My hands became numb hours ago. My neck and shoulder muscles begin to throb. But that's nothing new--I've learned to turn off the pain. I'm Mother's prisoner."In The Lost Boy, the sequel to Dave Pelzer's bestselling A Child Called It, Dave recounts the final days with his "family" before the intervention of a schoolteacher led to his being removed from hell and taken into foster care. As Pelzer explains, A Child Called It was told from the perspective of a child aged from 4 to 12; The Lost Boy recounts his years from 12 to 18. The earlier account documents the extraordinary, painful and moving story of this young boy's "lifeless" existence with his alcoholic, abusive mother and a father who was so cowed by his sadistic wife that he could not help his son. Like its predecessor, Pelzer's account of his adolescant years is no easy read, as he takes us through the mixed, mixed-up world of the US care system, relentlessly pursued by his mother, to a final peace of sorts with a caring series of foster parents. An important, raw and exposing book, the Lost Boy's message is, as Pelzer quotes, that "it takes a community to save a child". --Kate Weaver [via]