Parents' Guide to

The Pigman

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Teens grasp impact of their hurtfulness in emotional novel.

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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Poor role models

Two lying and cheating teenagers con an old man into a friendship that eventually kills him with a heart attack. Such a depressing dead-ended plot. Just about every character in this book is dysfunctional in some way.

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (12 ):

This is a hugely entertaining story that adolescent readers will appreciate for being meaningful without being moralistic and having complex characters that are not black-and-white. The bad guys are also good, and the good guys are also bad. John and Lorraine are sympathetic but always very real-seeming teens who lie to their parents, make big mistakes, and have a lot to learn about the impact of their behavior. Their parents are quite flawed, but they're whole people who show the effects of their own challenging lives. And the Pigman is a loving gift of a character.

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