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They Cage the Animals at Night (Signet) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1985
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During his stay at an orphanage, the Sisters would allow the children to choose a stuffed animal to take to bed with them at night as a source of comfort. Goodness only knows, it was their only small comfort - every other aspect was a child's worst nightmare! However, in the wee hours of the morning before the children awoke, the animals would quickly be gathered up and locked away (caged) and this is the source of the book's title. David's only source of acceptance, love and understanding comes from "Doggie", a tattered stuffed dog. Your heart will cry for this little boy whose only desire is to please, be loved and be wanted. The story does have a happy ending, if such stories ever really do. Despite all odds, Michael does survive, along with "Doggie". The hurt, rejection and loneliness felt as an abused child never disappear. The wounds heal, the heart forgives, but the mind never forgets. Anyone who has experienced abuse as a child, whether it be physical, sexual, emotional or verbal, will be able to relate only too well to the story of little Jennings Michael Burch. Often, reading the stories of other victims of abuse, help the adult survivor to realize they are not alone. If you have never experienced abuse, you will count your blessings that you have never had to live each and every day in a world of constant fear and rejection. ...
He bounced from home, to orphanages, to abusive foster homes, to good foster homes, to living at the zoo and rummaging through the trash for food. He could not rely on family and friends because they all abandoned him in times when he really needed them. Four of his five other brothers were going through similar times so they had no way to help Jennings.
A tattered stuffed dog named Doggie, which Jennings stole from his first foster home, was the only friend that stayed with him through the harsh times. He was the only friend he could count on through his lost and broken childhood. The story was based on sadness, love, survival, family, and friends that left me with a new look on a life I could not even imagine existed.
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Great read. Sad but I enjoyed meeting the encouraging people along the way. Thank you for sharing your story Jennings!Published 2 days ago by Reader
Good book but too full of conversations and not enough of the story.Published 2 months ago by Stringbean
I really enjoyed this book and felt just like a fly on the wall trudging along with young Jennings through his lonely,tumultuous, and unstable childhood. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Moved along quickly, and hard to put down. I was really pulled into the story, even with it being so difficult to imagine actually happening in this day and age. Good book.Published 5 months ago by L8rgator
Heartbreaking story of a little boy that just wanted to be loved. All the things this child went through seem impossible for him to still be so sweet and charming. Read morePublished 5 months ago by UQ
Okay, so I don't write reviews. I give "They Cage the Animals at Night" a solid 3, 3.5 stars. I was entertained, but not blown away in an "I can't put this down" kind of way. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Steph
Made you want to keep reading! No one ever realizes how kids were treated back then in orphanages. Such sadness.Published 6 months ago by Roxanne Olson