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When pigs fly, Buddy thinks, then maybe she won't mind moving into an old farmhouse or the cruel kids who make fun of her little sister, Reenie, who has Downs Syndrome. But, Buddy doesn't realize just how lucky she is--until an accident and a chance discovery reveal some important truths about best friends and family ties.

Thirteen-year-old Buddy Rae and her best friend Jiniwin do everything together--taking care of Buddy's slow younger sister, "parenting" egg ...

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Overview

When pigs fly, Buddy thinks, then maybe she won't mind moving into an old farmhouse or the cruel kids who make fun of her little sister, Reenie, who has Downs Syndrome. But, Buddy doesn't realize just how lucky she is--until an accident and a chance discovery reveal some important truths about best friends and family ties.

Thirteen-year-old Buddy Rae and her best friend Jiniwin do everything together--taking care of Buddy's slow younger sister, "parenting" egg babies, talking about boys, and dealing with Buddy's family move to a farm outside Turnback, Missouri.

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The taunts from which she shields her younger sister, who has Down's syndrome, are not the only adversity facing Buddy Richter during her eighth-grade year. After Mr. Richter loses his job, money gets so tight that the family is forced to leave their modern subdivision for the dilapidated farm they have inherited from an eccentric aunt. In the shabby, snake-infested house, Buddy thinks that nobody's life could be worse than her own. Then she learns the dark secrets of her two close friends: Jiniwin, who is on her way to becoming an alcoholic; and Dallas, a raggedy boy abandoned by his father. This contemporary problem novel treats family conflicts and social concerns with the same sensitivity of Wood's previous titles, The Man Who Loved Clowns and A Share of Freedom. Buddy's emotions and her thoughts about her sister and her friends are realistic and moving. All problems are not resolved by the end of this tender story, yet the protagonist's changed attitude suggests that she has adjusted to her own situation and is ready to help others, too. Ages 10-14. (Sept.)
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Gr 5-8-There have been stories about sugar babies and flour babies, but the egg babies in When Pigs Fly may be the most apt metaphor of all. Teaching a class of eighth graders about responsibility by giving them hard-boiled eggs to take care of for two weeks is a good idea, but the eggs are not as fragile as the families that surround Buddy, this novel's insecure, loyal narrator. Her father is out of work and the family is forced to move to a crumbling old farm they've inherited just outside of town. Buddy's best friend is struggling to survive the devastation of a divorce where neither parent is much interested in her anymore. Her newest friend has no family or home at all and is desperately trying to keep his situation a secret. As Buddy deals with the loss of her own home, the despair of her friends, and the strain of life with a little sister with Down's syndrome, she continues to care for her egg. It's the younger girl who manages to cast light and humor over the lives of everyone she touches and who helps her sister to see her own worth. The many serious issues flow smoothly from the strength of Wood's solid characters toward a realistic resolution. No happy ending here, but sure enough, there are possibilities and life goes on.-Susan Oliver, Hillsborough County Science Library at MOSI, Tampa, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698115705
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: Paperstar Book Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2008

    good

    amazing bok loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2007

    Great Book!

    This book is fantastic. It deals with a lot of issues, which will provide with you with lots of entertainment. Basically it's Buddy, a teenage girl living in a city with her family. Just one thing, her little sister Reenie happens to suffer from down syndrome. Their father soon loses his job, and they are forced out of their home. Buddy's parents make the decision to move away to find a better, maybe safer life to protect Reenie from the dangers of the city. But for a teenage girl, this isn't so easy. Buddy must move to a dirty, old barn, and move farther away from her best friend, and also neighbor Jiniwin. Buddy thinks things can not get any worse, until she discovers a surprising secret about someone very close to her. This is an amazing story it will make you laugh, and cry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2004

    Great read

    This book was so good! I loved it so much. I cried and laughed at sometimes, but the author is such a great one! I recommend this book to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2003

    When Pigs Fly

    when pigs fly is the best book ive ever read. it is about a little girl who has down-cindrum and her family has to move to the coutry. later on she sees a 'monster' and everyone thinks its the movies that she watches. this is a very good book and i would recommend it to everybody. it has tought me someone elses look at life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2003

    Figs Really do Fly in the Book!

    Oh my gosh this book was so good. I almost cried at points. An believe me pigs really do fly in this book.In the end she is in that place you know and she yelled up to her sister and said that stuff and then her sister left and came back andthen you know she said some more stuff and you know she was later ok. And yah! LOL! read it and you will know what I was talkin about and this will make you want to be nicer to those kids at your school or anywhere actually that have mental disabilites.

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