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The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family


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ISBN13: 9781558745155
ISBN10: 1558745157
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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 begining — he has no place to call home.

This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequel to A Child Called "It". In The Lost Boy, he answers questions and 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.


"The Lost Boy" is the harrowing but ultimately uplifting true story of a boy's journey through the foster-care system in search of a family to love. This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequel to "A Child Called "It". The Lost Boy" is Pelzer's story--a moving sequel and inspirational read for all.

About the Author

A retired Air Force crewmember, Dave played a major role in Operations Just cause, Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was selected for the unique task of midair refueling of the then highly secretive SR-71 Blackbird and F0117 Stealth Fighter. While serving in the Air Force, Dave worked in juvenile hall and other programs involving "youth at risk" throughout California. Dave's exceptional accomplishments include personal commendations from former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. While maintaining a rigorous, active-duty flight schedule, Dave was the recipient of the 1990 J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award, making him the California Volunteer of the Year. In 1993 Dave was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA), joining a distinguished group of alumni that includes Chuck Yeager, Christopher Reeve, Anne Bancroft, John F. Kennedy, Orson Welles and Walt Disney. In 1994 Dave was the only American to be selected as one of The Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP), for his efforts including child abuse awareness and prevention, as well as for instilling resilience in others. During the Centennial Olympic games, Dave was a torchbearer, carrying the coveted flame. Dave is currently working on a book based on overcoming obstacles and achieving one's innermost best, as well as on the third part of his trilogy, entitled, A Man Named Dave. When not on the road or with his son, Stephen, Dave lives a quiet life at the Russian River in Guerneville, California, with his box turtle named Chuck.

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Beachin it Up, November 28, 2012 (view all comments by Beachin it Up)
The Lost Boy

By: Dave Pelzer
The Lost Boy gives very deep emotional thoughts. It really touches your heart, and makes you think about how lucky you are. The Lost Boy is about a boy, David, who is abused by his mom at home, and sometimes his dad. Dave is surviving his abusive childhood, in several different strangers homes.I personally think this book is very good, but it also is heartbreaking listening to all of the bad things that happened to Dave in his childhood. “Leave me alone!” Dave shouted. I think this quote shows how Dave tried to survive his misery living with his mom. It also shows theme which I believe is show how strong you are to prove someone wrong.
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iwillalwayslovecj, October 23, 2006 (view all comments by iwillalwayslovecj)
This book is the second book dave pelzer has written about his childhood. This one isn't so much about abuse from his mother but how he survived the foster homes he was in. I give this book a 4/5 because I don't think it was as good as his first book but yet I still liked it. This book goes until dave is in his late teen years. I hear there is a book of when he is an adult. As soon as I read that one I will comment on it!
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Product Details

Pelzer, David J.
Pelzer, Dave
Health Communications
Deerfield Beach, Fla. :
Dysfunctional Families
Abused children
Foster home care
Child abuse
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Children of alcoholics
Family violence
Childhood Memoir
Domestic violence
Foster home care -- California -- Case studies.
Abusive mothers.
Child of Impaired Parents.
Abuse - General
General Biography
Pelzer, David J.
Abused children - California - Daly City
Children of alcoholics -- United States.
Biography-Childhood Memoir
Self-Help : General
Edition Description:
Series Volume:
no. 33
Publication Date:
August 1997
Grade Level:
7.5 x 5 in 0.85 lb

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"Synopsis" by , "The Lost Boy" is the harrowing but ultimately uplifting true story of a boy's journey through the foster-care system in search of a family to love. This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequel to "A Child Called "It". The Lost Boy" is Pelzer's story--a moving sequel and inspirational read for all.
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