by Paul Zindel
Genre: Coming of Age
Paperback: 192 pages
Inspiration: Mad Men tv series which takes place in the 60's
Description from the amazon.com:
For sophomores John and Lorraine, the world feels meaningless; nothing is important. They certainly can never please their parents, and school is a chore. To pass the time, they play pranks on unsuspecting people. It's during one of these pranks that they meet the "Pigman"--a fat, balding old man with a zany smile plastered on his face. In spite of themselves, John and Lorraine soon find that they're 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's ever mattered to them. Originally published in 1968, this novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Zindel still sings with sharp emotion as John and Lorraine come to realize that "Our life would be what we made of it--nothing more, nothing less."
In-a-word(s): babbling baboons
I can see why this is a classic. I'm glad I read this and I plan on reading the sequel. It is a timeless tale of two kids from dysfunctional families who meet a person that changes their lives for the better.
The Pigman's Legacy