Bless The Beasts And Children

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Bless the Beasts and Children The story Bless the Beasts and Children is about a group social out casts that stick together. Five boys, ages ranging from twelve to fifteen. The book is by an author by the name of Glendon Swarthout, who shows the problems of being a teen in America in the 1960s.

The story starts off with a grizzly dream about the west and how all the boys, Cotton, Goodenow, Teft, Lally1, Lally2 and Shecke are being hunted down by men on horseback. At the end of the dream Cotton the oldest and also the one having the dream, was shot by his mother which causes him to wake up.

As he wakes, he's full of sweat and curses himself for have nightmares at the age of fifteen. He looks around and notices one of the campers is missing, Lally2, a twelve year old boy and his notorious half burnt pillow.

Cotton got up and awakes the rest of the campers to go look for him. They all know the direction he took and headed towards the highway to see if they can catch up with him.

As the five boys walked to the highway through the woods they ran in to Lally2 trying to get away. They stopped him and after having a talk with him they decided that is was a good idea to leave for awhile as long as they get back before morning. They went back to the cabins and got some supplies and rode horses into town.

As they got to town their horses were breathless so they hot-wired an old pick-up truck. They all were hungry so they stopped at a truck stop called U.S. 66. and ordered a couple of hamburgers and a pint of milk. They didn't get a...