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Pighearted

Alex Perry, Perry

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Animal stories (Children's / Teenage)

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 monitor is a snitch. It's supposed to let him play soccer, but every time he's about to score a goal, it tells on him for getting excited. So when the monitor tries to ruin his first big game, Jeremiah smashes it. He doesn't need it. He's fine. Until he has a heart attack and spends his twelfth birthday in the hospital.

J6 is a pig who knows he's destined for greatness. He's 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 research lab sends him to live with Jeremiah's family, he knows what he wants his new title to be: Jeremiah's brother.

At first, Jeremiah thinks his parents took in J6 to cheer him up. But why does he need a dumb pig that's going to tackle his mom, destroy his birthday cake, and ruin his first kiss? Before long, Jeremiah begins to suspect there's more to his new curly-tailed companion than meets the eye. When the truth is revealed just as Jeremiah and J6 are feeling like actual brothers, they must do whatever it takes in order to protect each other-even if their lives depend on it.

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Alex Perry

Alex Perry is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than 30 wars, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. He was TIME magazine's bureau chief in Africa until 2013 and writes for a number of publications including NEWSWEEK, for which he is a contributing editor. He is the author of THE GOOD MOTHERS, THE RIFT: A NEW AFRICA BREAKS FREE, FALLING OFF THE EDGE: GLOBALISATION, WORLD PEACE AND OTHER LIES and LIFEBLOOD: HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD, ONE DEAD MOSQUITO AT A TIME, as well as several ebooks on Africa, the Europe and the Middle East. He is also the co-author of LONG SHOT: MY LIFE AS A SNIPER IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS with Azad Cudi.

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