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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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Heartbreaking, and, unfortunately, not an uncommon occurrence.Published 11 days ago by Gary S. Schnirel
This is a hard book to review. The writing is easy to follow and the story flows smoothly but it is emotionally difficult to read. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Musespet
I love this book. If you like the child called it. then you will love this.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Heartfelt struggles throughout the book. Wonderful to read with a group of kids to share thoughts and feelings it evokes in them.Published 15 days ago by Donna P
There were many aspects of this book I really enjoyed like the connection to the title, however many parts were repetitious and simply dragged. Read morePublished 16 days ago by J. G. Meehan
Great read. Sad but I enjoyed meeting the encouraging people along the way. Thank you for sharing your story Jennings!Published 1 month ago by Reader
Good book but too full of conversations and not enough of the story.Published 3 months ago by Stringbean