They Cage The Animals At Night by Jennings Burch is a true story about a young boy who survives orphanages, institutions and foster homes over a four year span while his mother is in and out of hospitals battling for survival herself. Readers instantly love this very sweet and vulnerable young boy who battles issues of abandonment, neglect and abuse from some of those entrusted with his care. Even though this book is set in the 1950's world of orphanages, abuse at the hands of those entrusted with care of children is universal and clearly not a thing of the past. Today there are still children and teens who go from foster home to foster home and are at the mercy of an overloaded system. Jennings experiences both the very good and the very bad; yet is resilient and survives. This book is inspirational to both young readers as well as adult readers. It should encourage younger readers to show kindness to a new student, get to know the individual and not judge him/her by how they are dressed. It should encourage those who work with youth to extend compassion, caring, and going the extra mile to help a needy child just as several of the characters do for Jennings Burch. As teachers, we don't always know the power of a friendly smile, the necessity of being alert to body language, the influence we can have on the lives we are entrusted with for a few hours every week. In the 1950's we did not call what happens to Jennings bullying as we do now, but bullying is clearly what this book is about and it inspires great classroom discussions about bullying by adults as well as youth, and the necessity for bullying to not be tolerated ANYWHERE by ANYONE. (Feedback about this item is greatly appreciated, and I invite you to become a follower to receive notices of FREEBIES, SALES, and newly posted products). Thank You!!