The Pigman

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The Pigman

By Paul Zindel

Harper Teen, Paperback, 9780060757359, 192pp.

Publication Date: March 29, 2005


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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About the Author
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.

Praise For 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

“This is a shocker of a book. Startling and truthful and vivid.”
-Young Readers’ Review