I think if the books were taught in high school English classes, it could really change the way students and people look towards child abuse, foster children and prejudice.
Dave Pelzer's "A Child Called It" is a story based upon a boy who was physically abused by his alcoholic mother and the torment he faced growing up. His abuse was a game to his mother but hell for him.
The games she played with David varied from waving a knife to his face stabbing him the chest to starving David for joy as her form of control.
I think that I could have also survived this because I am good at getting myself out of bad situations. I think it would have been too painful for me to care anymore. David could have been taken from his mother to live somewhere else because she was not a fit parent. Since she was an alcoholic she did not always realize what she was doing to him. When the mother wanted David to lye on the stove and burn, David decided to see if he could trick her.
She also probably didn’t want to do all the things around the house and thought it was too much to do so she had David do all the chores. He watched the clock and decided to see how long he could keep her from making him get on the stove until his brothers got home.