The Pigman & Me

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Overview

Eight hundred and fifty-three horrifying things had happened to me by the time I was a teenager. That was when I met my Pigman, whose real name was Nonno Frankie.

The year Paul Zindel, his sister, Betty, and their mother lived in the town of Travis, Staten Island, New York, was the most important time of his teenage life. It was the year he and Jennifer Wolupopski were best friends. It was the year of the apple tree, the water-head baby, and ...

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Overview

Eight hundred and fifty-three horrifying things had happened to me by the time I was a teenager. That was when I met my Pigman, whose real name was Nonno Frankie.

The year Paul Zindel, his sister, Betty, and their mother lived in the town of Travis, Staten Island, New York, was the most important time of his teenage life. It was the year he and Jennifer Wolupopski were best friends. It was the year of the apple tree, the water-head baby, and Cemetery Hill. And it was the year he met Nonno Frankie Vivona, who became his Pigman.

Every word of his story is true. And The Pigman & Me has an added bonus—one crucial piece of information: the secret of life, according to the Pigman.

An account of Paul Zindel's teenage years on Staten Island, when his life was enriched by finding his own personal pigman, or mentor.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Authors' biographies or autobiographies help children realize that some of their favorite books' creators are real people whose experiences often become characters, incidents, and scenes in their stories. Paul Zindel's real Pigman, for example, was Frankie Vivona. In The Pigman and Me, Mr. Zindel tells of the years he, his mom, and his sister shared a house with Nonno (grandpa) Frankie's daughter and her children. He describes those teenage times and Nonno Frankie's profound effect on his life in the breezy, slightly irreverent vernacular of the teenagers for whom he writes. 1991,
School Library Journal
Gr 7-12A popular author turns teen troubles into humor as he recalls the year he, his sister, and their neurotic, wheeler-dealer mother shared a house with another single mother and her rambunctious, identical, preschool twins. Salvation comes in the form of his "pigman." (Sept. 1992)
Candace Smith
"Eight hundred and fifty-three horrifying things had happened to me by the time I was a teenager. That was when I met my pigman, whose real name was Nonno Frankie," begins this wry autobiography. Zindel recalls the zesty Frankie, father of a young Italian woman who, with her hyperactive twin sons, shared a house with teenage Zindel, his mother, and his sister. A frequent visitor, Frankie dispensed sound advice and a passion for life along with platters of frog legs and pasta. With the warmth characteristic of his classic novel "The Pigman", Zindel talks about those visits, and about battles with cockroaches, suicide threats from his unstable mother, bullies, and those meaning-of-life questions that trouble everyone--especially teens. His thoughtful, humorous book is one that even reluctant readers will enjoy. To be illustrated with photographs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935169307
  • Publisher: Graymalkin Media
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 179
  • Sales rank: 155,497
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Zindel (1936-2003) was discovered in the mid-1960's by Charlotte Zolotow, who had seen a television production of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" and decided that Zindel must try his hand at young adult fiction. Mr. Zindel went on to become a pioneer in the genre as we know it today. His books for Harper Collins include "The Doom Stone" and "Loch, " both Recommended books for the Reluctant YA Reader (ALA), and the tragicomic memoir "The Pigman & Me, " which "School Library Journal" said in a starred review "allows readers a glimpse of Zindel's youth, gives them insight into some of his fictional characters, and provides many examples of universal experiences that will make them laugh and cry."" The Pigman & Me" was both a 1993 ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a 1993 ALA Notable Children's Book.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

    "The Pigman and Me" by Paul Zindel Why You Should Read the Pigman and Me

    A boy, a mom, and his sister are talking about going to their new home, but Paul, the boy, can only think about burying his dead lizard.
    Description and summary of main point
    The story is about a boy who moves all the time, has a suicidal mom, and finally found a good home and family. The pigman, Nono Frankie, shows and does things with him he's never done before.

    The book was very good and I recommend it, but the ending was a huge disappointment. I know this is like a biography of his actual life but it was still terrible.

    He has to leave his friends and the home because his mom got mad at the people they were living with and said they were moving again. The tree died, you'll find out if you read the story, his best friend never escaped and married a drunk who burned down their house for the insurance money, and he had to leave the Pigman.

    "The Pigman and Me" was a good book but, as I said, the ending ruined it. I suggest if you read it, just read until the part where his mom explodes and stop. Then pretend everything was fine and they lived happily ever after, it will save you the disappointment.

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  • Posted February 26, 2009

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    A great book.

    Book title and author: Pigman and Me by Paul Zindel
    Title of review: A Very Good book
    Number of stars (1 to 5): four

    Introduction
    This book is about a two teens. And the two teen's meat in a town called Travis, a Polish town.
    Description and summary of main points
    Paul's dad left when he was three. Paul has a lizard. Paul's mom doesn't not have enough money to buy property. Paul's mom meets Jennifer's family wants to by a house and them have enough but couldn't find any property. The teens met and their families move it to with each other. The teens are 13 teen years old and they live near an airport.


    Evaluation
    This book is a great story for young readers. This is my favorite book I have every read. I recommend this book for 10- years old and up.

    Conclusion
    This story store is about to teens that move to Travis.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2007

    A reviewer

    I kind of liked this book, but I thought in the end of the story I was kind of disappointed! The story ok,but it just got really boring!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2002

    The Secret To Life

    I read this book and it's fantastic. I really liked it. I tried doing the trick where you close your eyes and climb Mt. Vesuvia. I gave myself an egg timer. You know, the kind with sand? All the sand was at the bottom. If you read this, Paul Zindel, please tell me what that's supposed to mean. I don't know how you'll reach me but maybe you'll find out. ~Citizen of Ohio

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2002

    Great!

    I LOVE this book. It's humorous and it also teaches you some of the most valuable lessons in life! Great book for teens!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2002

    This book is the best ever.

    This book could not be any better then it already is, and i think that Paul Zindel is the best writer in the intirer world keep up the good work Paul i look forward to reading more of your books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2001

    1 ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ!!!!!

    This is a great book fo people and kids of all ages. Pual Zindel has writen an outstanding Autobiography with amazing detail. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2000

    Outstanding!!!

    This book was outstanding! Never have I read such a thrilling autobiography on an author's life. He takes the time, and expresses such detail and characteristics in his teenage life. I recommend buying this book to anyone who enjoys a great relaxing book on a nice pleasant day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2000

    the pigman returns...

    i thought the first 2 books were good, but his true life story is even better. Talk about page turner! This one you'll finish fast than you can say boo!

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