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The Pigman | [Paul Zindel]

The Pigman

John Conlan is nicknamed “The Bathroom Bomber” after setting off firecrackers in the boys’ bathroom 23 times without ever getting caught. John and his best friend, Lorraine, can never please their parents, and school is a chore. To pass the time, they play pranks on unsuspecting people, and it's during one of these pranks that they meet the “Pigman”. In spite of themselves, John and Lorraine soon get caught up in Mr. Pignati’s zest for life. In fact, they become so involved that they begin to destroy the only corner of the world that has ever mattered to them. Can they stop before it’s too late?
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One of the best-selling young-adult books of all time.

John Conlan is nicknamed “The Bathroom Bomber” after setting off firecrackers in the boys’ bathroom 23 times without ever getting caught. John and his best friend, Lorraine, can never please their parents, and school is a chore. To pass the time, they play pranks on unsuspecting people, and it's during one of these pranks that they meet the “Pigman”. In spite of themselves, John and Lorraine soon get caught up in Mr. Pignati’s zest for life. In fact, they become so involved that they begin to destroy the only corner of the world that has ever mattered to them. Can they stop before it’s too late?

Zindel's groundbreaking, best-selling tour de force was one of the first young-adult books ever written and has been taught in classrooms for over 40 years. It includes a fascinating interview with the author, Paul Zindel.

Listen to the sequel, The Pigman's Legacy.

©1968 Paul Zindel (P)2009 Graymalkin Media

What the Critics Say

"Charlie McWade and Eden Riegel do an outstanding job of bringing the characters to life. This remarkable audiobook is a must-have for high school and public libraries." (School Library Journal)

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    MariaTeresa BROWNSVILLE, TX, United States 06-08-11
    MariaTeresa BROWNSVILLE, TX, United States 06-08-11
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    "Excellent way to teach point of view"

    Awesome narration. Students get to see two points of view and have a clear description of Lorraine and John's characterization. Narration is done by a male and female that do an excellent portrayal of the characters they represent. I highly recommend it.

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    Kelli Birmingham, AL, United States 03-14-12
    Kelli Birmingham, AL, United States 03-14-12

    Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.

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    "Not as Profane and Inappropriate as You'd Think"

    This book was first published the year I was born: 1968. It was one of the most frequently banned books in the 1990s. That's right. Not the 1970s or the 1980s, but the 1990s. Why? Not really sure. The two main characters are high school sophomores who lie, drink, smoke, make crank phone calls. There is no profanity and no sex and maybe just a little violence (but not much). These were clearly the reasons why certain pressure groups worked to banned this book. Instead of being profane and inappropriate, the story explores the loneliness of a widower (The Pigman) and the regret the kids have when they realize that they have taken for granted a very special and short-lived relationship with The Pigman. This super fast read would likely be of interest to most young adults (and a few not so young adults).

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