Lost Boy, The


“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.

Coalition Staff Member Review

This book focuses on the aftermath of the serve abuse David experienced at the hands of his mother. The book covers the time David spends in foster care and spans over his preteen years until he ages out of the foster care system. During this journey, David is moved from home to home and has to deal with the stigma of being a child in foster care in the 1970s. David struggles with the idea that, when he turns 18, he will be on his own and will need to be prepared for his future. David comes to the realization this future needs to be his focus instead of enjoying his childhood like his peers.

“The Lost Boy” really puts into perspective the viewpoint of a child who is growing up in the foster care system. David not only struggles to fit in with each move but also with his strong desire for a real family and love. Throughout this book, you are able to take a walk in a foster child’s shoes and see the reality of what children around the country are facing daily.

Author: Dave Pelzer
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