crazy! Fifteen-year-old Masi Burciaga hauls bricks to help build a giant
pyramid in her neighborhood park. Her neighborhood is becoming more of a ghost
town each day since the lard company moved away. Even her school closed down.
Her family's bakery and the other surviving businesses may soon follow. As a
last resort, the neighborhood grown-ups enlist all the remaining able-bodied
boys and girls into this scheme in hopes of luring visitors. Maybe their
neighbors will come back too. But something's not right about the entrepreneur
behind it all. And then there's the new boy who came to help. The one with the
softest of lips. Pig Park is a
contemporary Faustian tale that forces us to look at the desperate lengths
people will go to in the name of community--and maybe love.
is the author of The Smell of Old Lady Perfume (Cinco Puntos, 2008) and Pig
Park (Cinco Puntos, 2014). She grew up in sunny El Paso, Texas where she
learned that letters form words from reading the subtitles of old westerns with
her father. She now lives and writes in Chicago.
Pig Park is not about what it sounds like, pigs. Instead, a fun book about part of a city that had been mostly forgotten about due main company moving elsewhere and the antics of what they are going to do to get noticed.
The other people and the stores in the area along with storyline make this book fun and entertaining.
I am giving this 4.5/5 however it will need to be raised up in the stars to show a five star rating.
There were different secrets with different students and teachers in the new school however the way the book was written made them tie in and playing off one another that The Secret Life of Jenny Liu is a fun and entertaining read.
There are times when a book will make you snort, cry, and then there are the ones that will make you just start laughing out loud. This is one of the books that I started laughing out loud, definitely 5/5 stars.
Title: The Secret Life of Jenny Liu Publisher: Jabber & Jam Books
ISBN:9781500612122 Pages: 262
Genre: Middle Grade/ Juvenile Fiction
Jenny Liu is on the move again. Except this time, she hasn't landed at yet another Chinese-American
School in California but at a public school in South Carolina. Shy, artistic
Jenny wonders if she will ever figure out how to fit in amongst rowdy fifth
graders and eccentric teachers with hard-to-understand southern accents. To
make matters worse, the class thinks she is super smart and her piano teacher
thinks she is a musical genius. With school activities that test her
intelligence and an upcoming piano recital, it’s getting harder for Jenny to do
what’s right—to tell the truth—especially since she knows that The Real Jenny
Liu would be even more of an outsider. Or would she?
About The Author:
Jean Ramsden is a writer, producer and educational
consultant. She graduated from Cornell University and Harvard University, and
lives in North Carolina with her husband and four children. Connect: @jean_ramsden