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Pig Park
by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez


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It's crazy Fifteen-year-old Masi Burciaga's neighborhood is becoming more and more of a ghost town since the lard company moved away. 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 to haul bricks to help build a giant pyramid in the park in hopes of luring visitors.  Read more...


 
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Overview

It's crazy Fifteen-year-old Masi Burciaga's neighborhood is becoming more and more of a ghost town since the lard company moved away. 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 to haul bricks to help build a giant pyramid in the park in hopes of luring visitors. Maybe their neighbors will come back too. But something's not right about the entrepreneur behind it all. Then there's the new boy who came to help, the one with the softest of lips.

Claudia Guadalupe Martinez, author of the award-winning The Smell of Old Lady Perfume, has long been distressed about how the global economy is displacing workers and families. Claudia grew up in a tight family in Segundo Barrio in El Paso, Texas. She learned that letters form words from reading the Spanish subtitles of old westerns for her father. At age six, she already knew she wanted to create stories. Her father, who passed away when she was eleven, encouraged her to dream big and write many books. Claudia, her husband, and their daughter Penny live in Chicago, Illinois.



 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781935955764
  • ISBN-10: 1935955764
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
  • Publish Date: October 2014
  • Page Count: 253
  • Reading Level: Ages 13-17


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Love & Romance
Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - United States - Hispanic & Latino

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-09-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

Fifteen-year-old Masi Burciaga faces her last summer at Pig Park, a once-thriving Chicago neighborhood abandoned when its largest employer moved to China. With her family’s bakery headed for bankruptcy and her parents headed for divorce, Masi and her friends assume the challenge of building an enormous pyramid on the park green. La Gran Pirámide, meant to reignite interest and tourism in the neighborhood, comes with its own cast of characters in the form of an aloof scholar and his daughter, intent on trading the neighborhood’s authenticity for a faux Mexican tourist trap, and Felix, a college intern invested in the community (and in Masi). Martinez (The Smell of Old Lady Perfume) creates an emotional dilemma for Masi, caught between a romantic crush and her family’s struggles, yet the overuse of food metaphors (“My eyelids dropped like ten-pound sacks of flour”) and easily discernible plot twists are distracting. Martinez suggests a fairy-tale undercurrent within the novel, with Masi calling herself “the Cinderella of crumbs,” but the abrupt turnaround of Masi’s neighborhood and family removes her agency and breaks the spell of this realistic novel. Ages 13–up. (Oct.)

 
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