Book Review of The Lost Boy By Dave Pelzer

The Inspiring Sequel to "A Child Called 'It'"

The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer
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"The Lost Boy" chronicles David Pelzer's journey from foster home to foster home after being rescued from his mother's severe abuse on March 5, 1973. This story will hold your attention as you get lost in the much-interrupted childhood of David Pelzer.

A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family

"The Lost Boy" covers the time from when David Pelzer entered foster care at the age of 12 until he aged out of the system at 18.

Writing in the same style as "A Child Called 'It'," Pelzer tells his story from the viewpoint of his age at the time, whether it was a 12-year-old or an 18-year-old.

"The Lost Boy" Is a Must Read for Foster Parents

"The Lost Boy" shows how the actions of a foster parent can affect a foster child, and how images of past abuse can be reawakened when foster parents fight among themselves. It explores how an understanding look or loving pat on the back can bolster unsteady spirits. Even caring for a pet while a child is in a detention center can help him feel that a foster home is more than just a place to sleep, but a refuge from his world of chaos.

This book is a must-read for foster parents. The reader is given an opportunity to see and to try to understand how a child in David's position can interpret and misinterpret unrelated occurrences as somehow being his fault. It's very enlightening reading as the reader comes to see the inner workings of an abused child.

I'm sure most foster parents will be able to see former foster placements in young David.

About the Author

David Pelzer entered foster care at the age of 12 due to the severe abuse he endured at the hands of his alcoholic mother. The abuse became so terrible that she actually started referring to Dave as "the boy" instead of her son or Dave.

Dave aged out of the foster care system at age 18 and joined the U.S. Air Force.

He has won many awards and personal commendations from Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton and George W. Dave was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans in 1993. He became one of the only U.S. citizens awarded as an Outstanding Young Person of the World in 1994 for his efforts in teaching about child abuse and its prevention. Dave is also the author of "A Child Called 'It'," "A Man Named Dave," "The Privilege of Youth," "Help Yourself," and "Help Yourself for Teens."

Today he is a husband and father and resides in Rancho Mirage, California.

More Information

Different key players give their insight into Dave's situation in a section called "Perspectives on Foster Care" at the end of the book. This section provides numbers you can call for more information on social work and foster care. 

Published by: Deerfield Beach, FL.: Health Communications, Inc., 1997
ISBN 1-55874-515-7