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When eleven-year-old Becca, a quadruplet, finds a sick piglet on the side of the road, her life is changed forever.
Publisher: New York, New York ;, Toronto :, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781442412781
Characteristics: 289 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Raskin, Marianna - Illustrator


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Sep 29, 2020

As a kid I would have loved this book. The kids are in charge! Becca is a quadruplet. She is the only one who has nothing special about her. One brother is into hockey. Another is a math wizard and her third brother is confined to a motorized wheelchair. A grandmother who is always complaining lives with them. When Becca finds a nearly dead piglet, she convinces her family to take it to a vet. Turns out it is a Yorkshire pig which as an adult will weight 300 pounds. Becca convinces her parents to let her keep Saucy, and mayhem and destruction happen. Eventually it is decided to give Saucy and surprise, surprise piglets up to an animal shelter. As an adult I cannot understand why her parents didn’t say “NO” at the beginning and why they let the pig stay in the house is beyond me. But what really bothered me was how Becca and her brothers stole pigs from a farm. But then this book wasn’t written for an adult who knows how expensive kids are. Trying to transport myself back into childhood, I would give this an average rating. Saucy is no Wilbur, that is for sure. Animal-loving kids who will love thinking about what they would do if they were Becca and lucky enough to own a pig.

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