"Everybody has problems," said Pelzer. "Who on this planet isn’t dealing with problems?"
Pelzer knows how to overcome adversity better than most people. He was severely abused by his parents when he was growing
up. He was kept in the basement, not allowed to speak and physically tortured. He said teachers saved his life.
Pelzer wrote the best selling book "A Child Called It" about his young life, which has been on the New York Times bestsellers
list for more than six years. He’s written five other inspirational books, and is the only author to simultaneously
have four, number one international best sellers and four books on the New York Times bestsellers list.
"Thank God for teachers," Pelzer said. "I was rescued by teachers."
Pelzer’s mix of humor, wisdom and compassion enthralled the audience. They laughed along with him when he told jokes,
and some people gasped when he detailed the horror of the abuse he suffered as a child.
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