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The Pigman, Paul Zindel

Cocky and alienated, two sixteen-year-olds set out to take advantage of an elderly man by asking him to contribute to a nonexistent charity. When they come to Mr. Pignati's house to collect his check, they find a lonely and slightly eccentric retiree who greets them warmly and with respect. A friendship grows, and John and Lorraine are trusted with their friend's house. When this trust is betrayed, the teenagers must ponder the meaning of their actions and the effect their actions have on other people.

Related Readings

"Journey to Meet the Pigman"—essay by Paul Zindel

"The Treasure of Lemon Brown"—short story by Walter Dean Myers

"The Rider"—poem by Naomi Shihab Nye

"How Well Do You Know Your Kid?"—magazine article from Newsweek

"What We Might Be, What We Are"—poem by X. J. Kennedy

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