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The Pigman's Legacy Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1984


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1010L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (June 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553265997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553265996
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,147,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 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's teens, are a must-have for high school and public libraries.—Kathy Miller, Baldwin High School Baldwin City, KS END --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From the Publisher

The Pigman has been dead for four months when John and Lorraine visit his empty house-and discover a down-and-out old man on the run from the tax collector. Convinced he's a sign from beyond the grave, John and Lorraine decide they've been given a chance to make up for what happened to the Pigman. Suddenly they're deep in another zany adventure with a surprising old man. What the learn along the way is the Pigman's Legacy.

Customer Reviews

I recommend this book to teenagers because they would like the book.
fstrep
Also the Pigman's Legacy is only good if you read the first book and then the second one.
"mary_pet"
I personally liked the 1st one a bit more but the romance in this one was far Better.
London Yates

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Rupert on May 30, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Pigman is one of my favorite books, so of course I was ecstatic when I discovered that Paul Zindel wrote a followup. And it turns out that The Pigman's Legacy is even better. John and Lorraine have now turned sixteen and continue on zany adventures, as well as discussing the pros and cons of their own life.
The only problem with this book is the same problem that came with the first book, and that is a very important outcome that is given away in the introduction (they call it "The Promise"). My suggestion is to skip the promise and go on with the rest of the book. You'll enjoy it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This sequel couldn't quite surpass "The Pigman",but it came close. At first I didn't want to read it because the reviews made it sound boring,but trust me,it's not! It's happier and less melancholy than the first book. The kids have matured,especially John. It's spiced up by Zindel's usual wacky storyline and wonderful writing. He understands teens much better than most adults. I won't give away too much,but this novel involves more romance. Weirdness binds a motley crue of people,including John and Lorraine,of course. I wish she would've featured more prominently. It seemed that John "wrote" more chapters. (And why do they like old people so much?) For those who appreciate humor and seriousness,sadness and joy,I highly reccomend this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 1998
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The sequal of "The Pigman" at first looks totally uncalled for, and has the same basic plot. But at a second look you will see that this book, still staring John and Lorranie, has the same moving emotianal plot. This time, changing charactor build. The "Pigman" of the story is a grumpy old man running from the IRS hiding in the Pigman's house. This is a complete change from the friendly, welcoming, old portraid in the original Pigman. It has the same good humor and charactors. Zindel, again, works the reader into a huge mess of couping with problems. This book, I would give a PG-13 rating. It deals more with Sex and drinking the the original Pigman. It goes up and down, from happy points, when the old man is having fun for the first time in a casino, to sad points, when John spends all the money the old man won. Be prepared to cry at the end, with the same type of sad ending. A exelent book for lovers of the original Pigman. WARNING: NOT TO BE READ, UNLESS YOU HAVE READ THE ORIGINAL!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grace on September 9, 2000
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You pick up this book thinking you will find a more satisfying ending to The Pigman. You don't. You do find the same humor, love, sadness, and plot as the last one. But this one is different. The characters have even stronger personalities (Considering they've been through almost the exact same thing 5 months ago.), and this one has it's own twist. A happier story with a happier ending. A more comforting, satisfying ending. The Pigman will make more sense. The legacy is a legacy of...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 2000
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I hate sequels and seconds. They usually never live up to the original, with the exception of The Godfather, Part II and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. This sequel to The Pigman is also another exception of the very few good seconds to a movie or book. Zindel again writes the book at the two teenager's point of view. They've come across another old man about four months after the last time they've seen Mr. Pignati. Soon they're on a car ride to Atlantic City, about to hit the big bucks.
I feel that this book has just about the same kind of emotion and distinguishness as the first. Trust me --- you'll enjoy this book. Zindel wrote it straight from the heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Mathiesen on December 19, 2007
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Driven by guilt John and Lorraine, from Zindel's first novel The Pigman, make one final trip to Mr. Pignati's house. To their surprise the house is not abandoned but seems to be secretly occupied by another old man. Who is he and what is he doing there? Motivated by their usual curiosity John and Lorraine just have to start up a conversation with him.

This is one of the weakest of Zindel's social realism novels. It is basically <The Pigman> all over again without the originality of style and plot, and the charm and humor that permeates the earlier truely classic novel. Certainly the new old man, the Colonel, is feisty and adventurous, whereas Mr. Pignati was shy and quiet; certainly there are new plot twists, such as a road trip to a casino; but this book is so much like the old one, right down to playing a 'mind game' with revealing psychological results, that I struggled to get through it. What is worse, and makes for boring reading, is that John and Lorraine seem to have learned absolutely nothing from their relationship with Mr. Pignati, and even more learn nothing from the Colonel. The book is called <The Pigman's Legacy> and I could see absolutely no growth in character to justify the promise of a 'legacy'. What exactly is Zindel trying to say here? Does he really mean that people basically never change? Perhaps I am an escapist wanting to disappear into a fantasy of learning and development? I have given this novel three stars, which is stretching it a bit, but you might like it more than I did and you might even agree with its apparently dark philosophy.
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