A Child Called `It`
One Child`s Courage to Survive
A Child Called "It" is the unforgettable story of a child whose courage and unyielding determination enabled him to survive extreme life-threatening odds.

As a child, 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, Dave 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."

Although A Child Called "It" contains situations of mistreatment Dave suffered, it is a real life story of the indomitable human spirit. This gripping account is told through the eyes of a child--who will pay any price in order to succeed.

The first part of a trilogy series, A Child Called "It" is currently translated in nearly forty languages and has been read by millions throughout the world. As stated by Jack Canfield, co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Dave is the living example that all of us have the capability to better ourselves no matter what the odds. One`s life is forever changed after living through the eyes of A Child Called "It."

Author: Dave Pelzer
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 1993
Format: Book, paperback, 184 pages
Chasing Crows

​A True Detroit Success Story

In order to enjoy life's successes you must first endure and overcome life's adversities. This is a fact well known by Kevin Brown, author of Chasing Crows: A True Detroit Success Story. Chasing Crows presents the true events of a child born to poverty and subjected to a dysfunctional household. Stricken with illiteracy and having experienced molestation, a young Kevin Brown failed both the 3r...d and 7th grades in school. As a teen Kevin became involved in gangs and was later convicted of armed robbery and sentenced to prison at the age of 18. Despite his misfortunes and emotional battles, Kevin promised to redeem himself once he was released from prison. Only having completed the 9th grade and possessing a GED which he obtained in prison, Kevin set out on an inspirational journey for redemption, to become a role model for his sons and to inspire and uplift his community and nation. Chasing Crows shares in intimate detail the tragedies and triumphs of Kevin's journey from dismal beginnings to being recognized as one of the most prolific students to ever attend Wayne State University. This is truly one of the great stories of our time and inspires each of us to relentlessly pursue our dreams, passions and purpose without discernment or doubt.

Author: Kevin L Brown
Publisher: Second Time Media and Communications, 2012
Format: Book, paperback, 217 pages

Gingerbread Girl

The Johnsons already have five children when fragile, terrified Nicole became part of their family on a foggy California Christmas Eve. Abused and neglected by her natural mother, the six-month-old child gained only two pounds since her birth.

It took awhile for the Johnsons to gain the confidence of the wary infant, but Nicole gradually began to respond to their kind and gentle care. She learned to smile, and then to giggle; she learned to turn over, and then to crawl; but most important, she learned to respond to love. After only two months Nicole hand changed from scrawny, screaming infant to a charming, outgoing child.

But Nicole's days of terror were not over. Pictures and x-rays of her bruised and battered body, necessary to prove her natural family unfit to raise her, had never been taken. Consequently Nicole, not her mother, was sentenced. The judge decided the child should be reunited with her mother on a bi-monthly basis. The result was tragic.

The Johnstons fought for Nicole. They fought insensitive social workers and judges, and they fought an uncaring system that places more value on the rights of natural parents than on the life and safety of a child. they fought with all their might, but the system won. Nicole's story is dynamic because it is so well-told; but it is tragic because it is true.

Author: Patricia Ann Fisher
Publisher: Zondervan Publishing House​
Format: Paperback Book, 156 Pages

Hope`s Boy
A Memoir

From a disastrous decade in foster care to Harvard Law School and beyond, this is the profoundly moving memoir of one boy who beat the system.

Author: Andrew Bridge
Publisher: Hyperion, 2008
Format: Book, hard cover, 306 pages
I Will Never Give Up for the Teenage

​This book is based upon his childhood experience of parental abandonment, his life as a troubled youth and how he found the courage and the power to change the direction of his life. As a foster child for 13 years, Derek faced many extremes of humility, humiliation, loneliness, aggression, emotional distress, anger, violence and overwhelming anxiety. At five years old, his mother and stepfather turned him over to the county social services. Derek has never known his father. County records state his father was in prison for the criminally insane. Derek suffered severe child abuse and was troubled as a foster child. He has been labeled and misdiagnosed in almost every psychological evaluation in existence. Being a child afflicted with numerous emotional and mental disturbances, authorities considered placing him in a psychiatric institution. Some of these behavioral patterns continued to follow Derek as he became a teenager. Becoming a teenager is an important time. Derek has learned some very difficult lessons growing up as a troubled teenager. He reveals how he overcame his adversities and how he triumphed in his personal life. He takes you down his road of lessons that he has learned of hate, anger, mistrust in adults, violent tendencies, rejection, lack of love, child abuse and the memories that have haunted his life. Derek believes he has successfully thrived as a leader in life because of his painful past.


Author: Derek W Clark
Publisher: Never Limit Your Life, 2009
Format: Book, paperback, 209 pages

I`m No Hero
A POW Story As Told To Glen DeWerff

Joseph Charles Plumb, Jr. (Charlie), was shot down May 19, 1967, during a combat mission over North Vietnam. An Annapolis graduate and F-4B Phantom pilot with 74 combat missions, Charlie was serving as flight officer on the USS Kitty Hawk.

During the nearly six years of captivity, Charlie distinguished himself among his fellow prisoners as a professional in underground communications. In 1970, he was appointed chaplain of his prison unit and served in that capacity for two years.

This easily read autobiography takes you through Charlie`s life: farm kid, Top Gun pilot, Prisoner of War. It describes the specifics of P.O.W. life in Vietnam from the grizzly torture cells to the humorous antics the American pilots created in order to survive.

Authors: Joseph Charles Plumb and Glen DeWerff
Publisher: J. Charles Plumb, 1973
Format: Book, hardbound, 287 pages
Lockup: Inside America`s Prisons
With more resources than ever invested in the nation`s prison system, a growing number of Americans question whether or not that system is really working. Searching for answers, this six-part series of MSNBC documentaries looks at the world of the incarcerated - from the inside out. With extraordinary access to the inner workings of several correctional facilities, the series records the hopes, fears, regrets, and occasional rehabilitation of jailed convicts, while presenting commentary from wardens, corrections officers, and medical personnel. The result is a comprehensive, hard-hitting examination of life behind bars in America.

Produced by: MSN NBC; Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 2007
Format: DVD, 43 minutes
Noesis: Comprehension and Understanding
Noesis is the autobiographical story of Alfonzo Tucker, a young African American man, destined to survive and succeed. It is the story of a young man, abandoned by his biological mother, raised by a drug addicted father and left to survive in a world where life issues need not be solved with violence or criminal behavior. This is his early journey searching for stability, love, and happiness. He is driven to success and is helped and adopted by a loving Caucasian family that help to guide him to academic, athletic, and spiritual achievement. This is a book that is from the heart and soul. It is an inspirational book for all.

Author: Alfonzo Tucker
Publisher: The Noesis-3 Publishing House, Inc.
Format: Book, paperback, 230 pages
Puppies for Sale and Other Inspirational Tales
A "litter" of stories and anecdotes that hug the heart and snuggle the soul. Provides encouragement, guidance, and compassion.

Author: Dan Clark with Michael Gale
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 1997
Format: Book, paperback, 335 pages
Somebody`s Someone
A Memoir

This straightforward, sincere story of a neglected child who tries to fulfill her wish-to be a "wanted and special child"- opens when Louise is 11. She has lived in a chaotic, violent foster home for as long as she can remember. After a brutal beating with a garden hose, she runs away to her well-meaning but ineffectual grandmother. From there, she pinballs from one relative or foster parent to another, all of whom treat her with indifference if not abuse. She ends up, at 13, at an Illinois shelter whose sheer normality (i.e., no beatings, and friendly people who teach her to swim and do macramé) allows her finally to relax a little. Unfortunately, it`s a temporary situation, and Louise`s anxiety over leaving a safe place makes her behave badly.

The author, who`s now a hair stylist and owns two Bay Area salons, brilliantly portrays how what seems like "in-cur-ridge-abul" to adults feels like simple self-defense to a child scarred by maltreatment. When one shelter worker finally gives her unequivocal love, it turns her life around. If this were fiction, it might seem overly maudlin; its poignancy lies in being a true story. The narrator`s vernacular voice ("When I did ask somebody about the... reason my mama left... everybody got deaf and dumb all a sudden....") can sometimes make for bumpy reading. But this rare look into the inner world of an unwanted child will enlighten readers concerned with the fate of at-risk children.

Author: Regina Louise
Publisher: Warner Books, 2003
Format: Book, hard cover, 367 pages
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