The Pigman has died. John and Lorraine cannot seem to shake him. They decide to go past his house. There, they find an elderly man (running from the tax collectors) living in the house. John and Lorraine decide to make amends with this man, Gus, in an effort to re-right their wrong. Along the way, Lorraine and John find a passion for each other and they develop a friendship with the aged man, Gus. How will they mess this one up? The story is uniquely toldthe chapters alternate between Lorraine's and John's viewpoint. This is a good story. It is slow in parts but the ending is worth it. If you have not read The Pigman, that is okay as Zindel catches the reader up in "The Promise" (the introduction to The Pigman's Legacy). This would be a first-rate book read aloud in a Language Arts class or any class that is studying themes that deal with the relationships between the young and old generation. This is a fulfilling sequel to The Pigman with an accurate message: History always repeats itself. 2005 (orig. 1980), Harper Trophy/HarperCollins, Ages 12 up.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the publication of Paul Zindel's award-winning novel, The Pigman (HarperCollins, 1968), Zindel's son David has produced audiobook versions of The Pigman and The Pigman's Legacy (Harper, 1980). In the first title, as a result of a phone prank, high school sophomores John and Lorraine become friends with Mr. Pignati (the Pigman), an elderly widower. The conflicted teens feel alienated from everything, but the Pigman's enthusiasm for life soon spills over onto them. John and Lorraine go roller skating with their new friend, and he suffers a heart attack and is hospitalized. The teens have a party at the Pigman's house, and his pig collection and some of his late wife's clothes are destroyed. When Mr. Pignati comes home unexpectedly, he's distraught and feels betrayed by the teens. They try to make it up to him by taking him to the zoo, where he learns that his beloved gorilla, Bobo, has died. This trauma causes the Pigman to have a fatal heart attack. In The Pigman's Legacy, John and Lorraine discover that a homeless man is living in Mr. Pignati's abandoned house. Thinking that this is a chance for them to make up for what happened to the Pigman, they try to befriend the surly old man. After to Atlantic City to cheer up the man, they discover that the true legacy of the Pigman is love. Both stories are told in chapters that alternate between John and Lorraine's point of view, narrated by Charlie McWade and Eden Riegel who do an outstanding job of bringing the characters to life. An added bonus is a fascinating interview with Paul Zindel discussing his craft. These remarkable audiobooks, which still offer important messages to today'steens, are a must-have for high school and public libraries.—Kathy Miller, Baldwin High School Baldwin City, KS
New York Times - New York Times New York Times
It’s a rousing adventure... A tale of second chances... A surprising, beautiful and even profound story.
The Horn Book - The Horn Book The Horn Book
The author has made use of contemporary jargon, quirky characters, and bizarre situations to uncover a fundamentally human meaning lurking beneath the madness.”
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly
Paul Zindel’s body of work reflects his ability to write about teens with honesty and humor.