Pighearted by Alex Perry
Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary
Publishing Date: October 26, 2021
Charlotte’s Web meets My Sister’s Keeper in this charming story told from the alternating perspectives of a boy with a fatal heart condition and the pig with the heart that could save his life.
Jeremiah’s heart skips a beat before his first soccer game, but it’s not nerves. It’s the first sign of a heart attack. He knows he needs to go to the hospital, but he’s determined to score a goal. Charging after the ball, he refuses to stop…even if his heart does.
J6 is a pig and the only one of his five brothers who survived the research lab. Though he’s never left his cell, he thinks of himself as a therapy pig, a scholar, and a bodyguard. But when the lab sends him to live with Jeremiah’s family, there’s one new title he’s desperate to have: brother.
At first, Jeremiah thinks his parents took in J6 to cheer him up. But before long, he begins to suspect there’s more to his new curly-tailed companion than meets the eye. When the truth is revealed, Jeremiah and J6 must protect each other at all costs—even if their lives depend on it.
About the Author:
For four years Alex Perry taught English Language Arts and reading to Houston middle schoolers ranging from 6th-8th grade, but she now lives in Arkansas with two large dogs, a husband, and one small baby. Alex is the author of PIGHEARTED coming fall of 2021 and is represented by Melissa Nasson of Rubin Pfeffer Content.
Oh my I am totally in love with this book Pighearted and I cannot believe that it is Alex Perry's Debut. I do like some contemporary middle grade but my main go to are usually fantasy books but what struck me when I first saw the tour was that little pig face and I was totally intrigued.
It gave me the feels of Wilbur in Charlotte's Web but in my view Jeremiah 6 was so adorable you could not fail to fall in love with him as a character. I especially loved the references to film stars and films and tv which J6 would talk about. I believe this would make an excellent book club pick and I certainly am going to suggest it to a book club I belong to as I think everyone will get something out of it.
Alex was not shy using such topics is medical science and how ethical is it to grow human hearts in animals like pigs. I had no idea this was a thing but the biggest discussion would probably be on how far would you go to save someone you loved.
Like I said before this book made me me ugly cry and the only other book which moved me as much as this was Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll and I gave that five stars. So Pighearted too has five stars and along with A Kind of Spark are my no1 reads of 2021 . I will be eagerly following Alex and can't wait to see what she will publish next.