They Cage the Animals at Night - Jennings Michael Burch

They Cage the Animals at Night

By Jennings Michael Burch

  • Release Date: 1984-08-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 144 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

The heartbreaking, iconic true story of an abandoned little boy’s horrific journey through the American foster care system.

On a misty evening in Brooklyn, Jennings Michael Burch’s mother, too sick to care for him, left her eight-year-old son at an orphanage with the words, “I’ll be right back.” She wasn’t.

Shuttled through a bleak series of foster homes, orphanages, and institutions, Jennings never remained in any of them long enough to make a friend. Instead, he clung to a tattered stuffed animal named Doggie, his sole source of comfort in a frightening world.

Here, in his own words, Jennings Michael Burch reveals the abuse and neglect he experienced during his lost childhood. But while his experiences are both shocking and devastating, his story is ultimately one of hope—the triumphant tale of a forgotten child who somehow found the courage to reach out for love, and found it waiting for him.

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Latest Impressions

  • Eye opening

    By Alicia3291!
    This true story is nothing short of jaw dropping. I weeped, I sobbed, I laughed & I full blown cried. This is a story of strength, misfortune & truth that the system is broken. Life lessons make you stronger. Jennings, is the strongest boy you'll ever know. So powerful & moving. If I could save all the children in homes all over the world I would.
  • Loved It🙌

    By Jaydin182
    The Best Book I ever read. I read this book in 5th grade . This was also taken place in the Bronx Where I live at. This is the best Emotional, Sad book I ever read
  • Amazing

    By Bathe awesome
    A lady i met who used to be a teacher requested that I read this book. At first I didn't think I would like it but after the first chapter in loved it. Whenever Jennings had started to cry I wanted to start crying too
  • Beautiful book

    By Nepal,Katmandu
    I read this in 5th grade and when I read this, from a 10 year old perspective this was the most tragic yet beautiful book. The boy that was going through all these tragic events that I was reading about made me respect the boy for surviving all the madness. How sometimes things would look good for Michael and the just as fast as they came, they were taken away from him. How he ran away from home at a young age for a couple of days and survived at that age. I simply fell in love with this book. I would recommend this book for the whole entire world if I could. This was one of the best books I've ever read.