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Zindel, Paul
New York : Bantam, 1978.
IL YA  RL 5.9
ISBN 0553263218

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Two teens 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.

Booktalk #2

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,, Media Specialist Intern)

SUBJECTS:     Friendship -- Fiction


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