walking the line between recklessness and responsibility. One of their
pranks gets them involved with a sad old Italian man who collects pig statues
for his wife who has died. This book tells of the teens' attempt at writing
down the events that trace their friendship with the lovely man and the
part they played in his death.
Do you ever feel like you just
can’t win? Like your parents will never understand you and life’s just
so boring? That’s exactly how high school sophomores John Conlan and Lorraine
Jensen feel, so they spice things up by playing pranks on people.
That’s how they meet “The Pigman”—an older, fat man who’s lonely and in
need of friendship. In spite of themselves, John and Lorraine find themselves
becoming more and more involved in Mr. Pignati’s life. After all, even
in spite of some of the mean things they do to him, he’s still willing
to take them to the zoo and pay for everything, so they figure, why not?
Things are fine for a while until John and Lorraine’s thoughtless
and selfish ways result in tragic consequences for everyone involved.
(Karen Wiedmeier, email@example.com,
Media Specialist Intern)