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Swine Not? by Jimmy Buffett
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Jun 20, 2008

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bookshelves: libraryread
Recommended for: Young or young-at-heart readers
Read in June, 2008

Rumpy, an unusually intelligent pet pig, and her owner Barley, a teenage boy with a passion for soccer are the dual protagonists/narrators of this story. Barley, his sister Maple, and Rumpy are all uprooted from their Tennessee home and move to a New York City hotel when their mother is hired as a pastry chef. They must keep Rumpy's existence a secret, while figuring out how to fit in.

This novel felt very much like a Carl Hiaasen young adult book, with quirky characters and a moral or two along the way (tho the environmental focus is dialed way down). The bad guy repents, lost relatives are reunited and they all live happily ever after.

It was a fun read - while the topic was very different from anything Buffett has written about before, his breezy, storyteller tone fit the material well.

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