The Cage The Animals At Night

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This book is an emotional story written by Jennings Michael Burch, who is also the main character in the story. Jennings, who is nine years old undergoes many struggles throughout his childhood. His mom, loves him very much but it unable to care for him because she is often very sick. Because of this Jennings must go to these orphanages. Jennings is always trying to pull the family together, but he has little success in doing so. He never really does anything bad, he always follows the rules the best he can, which sometimes seems to be not good enough for some people. His father is no help to the family either; he is a drunken alcoholic and has left his family of six boys all to his wife.

The oldest of Jennings' brothers is George, who unfortunately follows in the steps of his father and also gets drunk all the time.

This really hurts the family because he is the oldest brother but he offers no leadership to the rest of his brothers. He also smokes, but George is not all bad, he actually works to help pay for rent because their mom is his. I think he has good intentions but he doesn't know how to go about doing them the right way. Walter, 14, the second oldest of the brothers believes that George would not be such a bad brother if he could just get his head on straight and stop smoking and drinking. Walter is the smartest one of the family, he spends much of his times reading and studying in order to do well in school and be a better father than his own was to him. Then there was Larry, Jennings' favourite brother, they got along very well together but hardly ever got...