Meet Mr. Pignati, a lonely old man with a beer belly and an awful secret. He's the Pigman, and he's got a great big twinkling smile. When John and Lorraine, two high school sophomores, meet Mr. Pignati, they learn his whole sad, zany story. They tell it right here in this book -- the truth, and nothing but the truth -- no matter how many people it shocks or hurts.
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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."From the Back Cover:
John Conlan and Lorraine Jensen have to tell about something that just happened to them, about an experience too overwhelming to keep private.
The two high-school sophomores come from constricting, unhappy homes, and although life seems tolerable since they have found each other, there is still much to be desired. Unusual circumstances introduce them to a lonely old man with an awful secret. An intense friendship results, and together the three create a strange, unreal world out of their zaniness and laughter.
But the very energy which built this world soon works to destroy it, and John and Lorraine are left again with their own reality.
This perceptive novel has a fresh, startlingly unsentimental story to tell about two young people searching for a way out of emptiness.
Two high school sophomores tell of the tragic consequences of their friendship for a lonely man.
Notable Children's Books 1940–1970 (ALA)
Best of the Best Books (YA) 1966–1988 (ALA)
1969 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)
Outstanding Children's Books of 1968 (NYT)
Best Children's Books of 1968 (Book World)
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Book Description Starfire, 1983. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0553263218
Book Description Starfire, 1983. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0553263218
Book Description Starfire, 1983. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110553263218