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Parasite Pig

by William Sleator

Published by Dutton, 2002
212 pages
ISBN: 0-525-46918-4

Ages 11-14

Last summer, 16-year-old Barney had a run-in with some nasty extraterrestrials, all contestants in a role-playing board game in which players battle to be the first to locate the Piggy. Although the game appears innocuous, it actually has life-threatening consequences for all participants. A stroke of luck allowed Barney to escape unscathed, but he's compelled to continue playing despite his close call. That decision that proves dangerous when he and his friend Katie are abducted by an oversized, parasitic worm and a huge alien wasp. Transported to a distant planet and imprisoned, Barney and Katie are pleasantly surprised by conditions on J'koot. They have fine living quarters, frequent swims in fragrant pools, oil massages, and sumptuous meals. It isn't until they realize they are being marinated and fattened up in anticipation of their role as main course at some future feast that escape becomes paramount. Events hurtle toward an exciting conclusion in this entertaining sequel to Interstellar Pig (Dutton, 1984) that works as a stand-alone novel for those who haven't read about Barney's previous alien misadventure. CCBC categories: Fiction For Children; Fiction For Young Adults.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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