The Pigman

The Pigman

A Novel

Book - 1968
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Join the millions of readers who have discovered The Pigman, the beloved, groundbreaking young adult classic from Paul Zindel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.

In The Pigman, what begins as a teenage prank soon becomes a timeless examination of grief, acceptance, and the transformative power of friendship. High-school sophomores John and Lorraine had no idea what they were starting when they made a prank phone call to a stranger named Angelo Pignati. Virtually overnight, they befriended the old man. But now Mr. Pignati is dead. And for John and Lorraine, the only way to find peace is to write down their friend's story--the true story of the Pigman.

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Publisher: New York, Harper & Row c1968.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060268282
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION Zindel Paul
Characteristics: 182 p.,21 cm.


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JCLHeatherM Nov 13, 2018

Peer pressure has tragic consequences for two teens who never meant any harm, but aren't able to say 'no' until it is too late.

Two lonely high school students befriend a strange old man, Mr. Pignati. An intensely moving story of believably alienated young people.--Library Journal.

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JCLHeatherM Nov 13, 2018

Peer pressure has tragic consequences for two teens who never meant any harm, but aren't able to say 'no' until it is too late.

May 03, 2018

Probably my favorite book of all time and I've read a lot. I love the individualized and unique sarcasm and character Zindel put into both John and Lorraine, especially John's overconfidence and sarcastic behaviors. Not cliché or heavy on the romance and the metaphors and literary examples in the book the characters used (especially references to other books/movies/characters) was a highlight of reading somehow. Quite humorous in the beginning but gets darker in the end as both teenagers realize the heavy hand of death and the real world in consequence to their actions.

cmlibrary_jrobinson Jul 19, 2016

Zindel's novel is funny, but has many serious moments. It is a story with original characters and a believable, yet unpredictable, storyline.

msrobinboo Jul 23, 2012

this book i thought it would a hilarious book but when i read it it was a very sad book with just a little dab of romance

Jun 14, 2011

Think I read this in high school. It seems so much darker now that I'm an adult. I see WHY we read it in high school, but I'm just not a big fan.


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Aug 01, 2015

groovykeen thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

blue_snake_361 Jun 20, 2012

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