2022 Para Educator Book Study - The Lost Boy

May 2, 2022 - June 2, 2022

Special Education

Denise Shugarts: The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer

Previously, we have read Dave Pelzer’s first book A Child Called “It”  in our book study format. Join us this year as we follow Dave’s story after he was removed from his abusive home. 

Imagine a young boy who has never had a loving home. His only possessions 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 beginning -- 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 second of three books that chronicle his life. Through publications and public appearances, Dave is now recognized as one of the nation's most effective and respected speakers about child abuse.

Join the discussion regarding the evolution of child abuse reporting in our education system and the discussion of trauma awareness. 

NOTE: The hours will be awarded for the 2021/2022 school year OR the 2022/2023 school year.


  • Monday May 2, 2022, 3:00-4:00 pm Organizational meeting via Zoom
  • Week of May 9, 2022 Online Book Study via Google Doc Submission
  • Week of May 16, 2022 Online Book Study via Google Doc Submission
  • Thursday June 2, 2022 (TBD)  Book Study Discussion via Zoom

How it works:

  1. Check out the book from the library or purchase it.
  2. Check your email for the ZOOM link one week prior to the meeting.
  3. Join into ZOOM using the link provided.
  4. Read the book as outlined and shared during our first organizational meeting
  5. Get ready to share your thoughts and ideas as we journey through the book together in a flexible zoom and google doc format.
  6. If you are not present for a ZOOM meeting, you will be required to provide a written summary of the chapters covered in order to receive your hours.
  7. A certificate with your 15 credit hours will be issued upon completion of the book study

Registration is open until 5/2/2022

Available Credit or Activity Hours

Act 48 Activity Hours
15.0 Hours
Academic Content Studies Special Education
General Activity Hours (non-PDE)
15.0 Hours


Monday, May 2
3 - 4pm
Organizational meeting via Zoom
Thursday, June 2
3 - 4pm
Book Study Discussion via Zoom