Muriel Dorothy Butler was born in Grey Lynn, New Zealand on April 24, 1925. She received a diploma in education from the University of Auckland for her study of her severely handicapped granddaughter Cushla. This research was later adapted for publication as Cushla and Her Books. She was a children's book author and bookseller. She founded the Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop in Auckland. She wrote children's books, non-fiction books, and two autobiographies. Her works include Come Back Ginger, My Brown Bear Barney, Seadog, What a Birthday!, Babies Need Books: Sharing the Joy of Books with Children from Birth to Six, Five to Eight: Vital Years for Reading, There Was a Time, and All This and a Bookshop Too. She received several awards during her lifetime including the Children's Book Circle Eleanor Farjeon Award in 1980 and the Margaret Mahy Award in 1992. In 1993, she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to children's literature. She died on September 20, 2015 at the age of 90.
At first Lisa's step-father would just make her stroke and massage his feet, hitting her if she stopped, but he soon wanted more. Much more. By the time she was 12 he was regularly abusing her. One day, when Lisa turned 16, she came home to discover that her mother had swapped bedrooms with her. 'You're my girlfriend now', her step-father told her. Lisa turned to her mother for help, but was met with a shrug. She wouldn't hear a word against her husband. 'Don't blame me,' she said. Her step-father's abuse was horrific but what completely tore her apart was knowing her mother knew and encouraged it.
Trapped and increasingly desperate, Lisa tried to find a way out. But her isolation was complete. A few months later her mother told her she'd arranged for Lisa and her step-father to move into a flat together down the road. It was too much for Lisa to bear. 'Please don't make me, please,' she sobbed. But her mother just ignored her. Lisa was marched around to the flat with her possessions and her nightmare was complete.
Alone with her step-father, Lisa's life became even more unbearable. Then one day, finally, she got the chance she'd been looking for to escape. Lisa bravely struck out on her own, petrified her mother would find her and hand her back into the waiting arms of her step-father. But Lisa's mother had no idea how determined she was to break away...
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.