They Cage the Animals at Night

They Cage the Animals at Night

Book - 1984
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In 1949 the author's mother, unable to care for him, left him at a Brooklyn orphanage, and for the next three years he lived in institutions and foster homes. Finally he found caring people.
Publisher: New York : New American Library, [1984]
ISBN: 9780453004695
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 23 cm


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Feb 23, 2017

Great book.

So the first time I read this book I was 17 and I found out about it from my older more "sophisticated" sister. She gave my mother a copy and i grabbed it and sat in the bathroom and began to read. I read all night and missed school the next day, not for lack of sleep, but because I cried so much while reading it that my eyes were too puffy.

It is brilliantly written in the sense that Birch makes you feel what he went through and you can almost see what he saw and it was a heart wrenching experience for a boy of 8.

It had a lot of great moments in it and Birch tells of many people he met along the way that mad him feel human, but I think what really got to me was that there are so many children that go through what Birch went through, even today, and it isn't fair to children to bring them into this world and put them through this.

I have read this book probably 15 times and bought many copies because I keep lending mine out and never getting it back, but it is an amazing book and has been out there for over 25 years now.

It gives you an appreciation for Foster Children and Orphans alike and it is a tear jerker so have tissue on hand!

Feb 28, 2013

I read this at about the age of 12 and really enjoyed it. It's about a young boy who is abandoned and shuffled from children's homes, faces abuse and learns to survive on his own. The title comes from the fact that the stuffed animals the children sleep with in the orphanage are handed out each night, and then, when the kids are sleeping, the stuffed animals are taken away and looked back up (hence: "they cage the animals at night").

mamady Jun 22, 2012

a good story where a boy struggles throw life


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Feb 28, 2013

Lexikal thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

red_monkey_2019 Jun 21, 2012

red_monkey_2019 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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mamady Jun 22, 2012

about a boy that go throw hard times


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mamady Jun 22, 2012

good book


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