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

One misty evening, 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.

©1985 Jennings Michael Burch (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Very interesting story

I enjoyed this true story so much and wish I would have learned more of Jenning's life as he grew older. I've read other books about those monstrous orphanages. What makes someone be cruel to a child. I hope others will read this story. I recommend it.

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Sadly, I got pretty bored with this one.

I do generally enjoy autobiographies. Jennings' story has all the elements of a great, though heartbreaking story.

I think a combination of the narrator, the pacing of the story, and the perspective from the child only, with no insight or retrospect from the adult authour just doesn't give me the depth I usually appreciate from autobiographies.

It's just the authour's choice, putting the story together in this way, and I don't think I'll even finish it. There's no idea of who Jennings is now. It's like you're floating along side his childhood self, watching helplessly as he is tossed from this home to that.

The language and emotional tone is repetitive. "Oh boy, oh gosh, gee whiz" yet there is no emotive elements to the performance, and the conversation feels flat.

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  • coolmamma
  • JUSTIN, TEXAS, United States
  • 07-03-18

Just wonderful

What a strong little boy! Loved this book and would recommend it to others. Very sad but has a wonderful ending.