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The Pigman : Horn Book Fanfare, ALA Best of the Best Books for Young Adults, ALA Notable Children's Book, Boston Globe;Horn Book Award Honor Book, ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults, New York Times Outstanding Book

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

The Pigman is the perfect read for fans of modern classics like The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

When high school sophomores John and Lorraine made a prank phone call to an elderly stranger named Angelo Pignati, what starts as a practical joke quickly turns into a friendship that changes all of their lives forever. But when their friendship ends in tragedy, the only way for John and Lorraine to find peace is to write down their friend's story-the true story of the Pigman.

"Headline news...remarkable...Zindel has written a story that will not be denied." -Publishers Weekly

"An intensely moving story of believably alienated young people." -School Library Journal
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 16mm | 180g
  • HarperTeen
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised
  • 0062272446
  • 9780062272447
  • 253,953

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Our life would be what we made of it. . . .

It's an uneventful September afternoon when sophomores John and Lorraine make a prank call to a stranger named Angelo Pignati. But the two of them aren't prepared to be so touched by the old man whose loneliness reaches out to them through the phone line. And what starts as a practical joke quickly turns into a friendship that changes all of their lives forever.

Then John and Lorraine make a terrible mistake that betrays their new friend's trust--and just like that, Mr. Pignati is gone. Now, the only way for them to find peace is to write down their friend's story--the story of the Pigman.
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Review quote

"Headline news...remarkable...Zindel has written a story that will not be denied." -- Publishers Weekly "An intensely moving story of believably alienated young people." -- School Library Journal "This is a shocker of a book. Startling and truthful and vivid." -- Young Readers' Review
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About Paul Zindel

Paul Zindel (1936-2003) was born and raised on Staten Island in New York. After teaching high school science for several years, he decided to pursue a career as a playwright. His first play, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Shortly thereafter, he wrote his first novel for young adults, The Pigman, which has gone on to sell millions of copies. Mr. Zindel wrote more than fifty books over the course of his life, including the popular My Darling, My Hamburger; The Pigman's Legacy, a sequel to The Pigman; and the autobiographical The Pigman and Me.
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Rating details

23,265 ratings
3.58 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (7,647)
3 31% (7,190)
2 11% (2,477)
1 4% (894)
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