Why am I crying about a pig? Why am I crying about a happy story about a pig? These are the questions I asked myself while thoroughly enjoying THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY by author Jodi Kendall.
The protagonist, Josie, is a 12-year-old gymnast going through a tough time. She’s getting too tall for her sport, her house is jam-packed, and she feels lost in a sea of siblings. When her brother Tom comes home with a pig one day (long story), Josie is smitten. The one problem: her parents say Hamlet has to be out of the house by New Year’s Day. With just six weeks to go, will Josie find a home for Hamlet? Or is he destined for a pig farm, where Josie fears his time will be limited?
THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY is such a well crafted middle grade novel. Josie has plenty of middle school angst (Am I too tall? Will I have enough money? Do I like that boy?), but it never feels manufactured to create conflict to advance the story line.
I fell in love with Hamlet, and with Josie’s friends who band together to save his life. I’m always thrilled to find a middle grade novel where there are no bullies or mean kids, and this is a new one to add to the list.
Josie’s family is equally lovable. The fight, they let one another down, but they’re there for one another when it matters.
If you’re looking for a new feel-good read-aloud, I highly recommend this book! It published on October 3, 2017 from HarperCollins Children’s Books.