by William Sleator
Reviewed September 3, 2003.
Puffin Books, 1984. 197 pages.
My oldest son read this years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, and now
my youngest son has read it and proceeded to read every book by William
Sleator in our library.
The idea is fun. Barney’s having a boring summer at a cottage on
the beach. Then some attractive people move in next door and are
terribly interested in his parents’ cottage. They invite Barney to
play an amazing board game set in outer space. The object of the game
is to be the person holding the Piggy when the game ends. Once you
have the Piggy, you have to hide it from the other players, who will stop
at nothing to wrest it from you. After all, the losers are destroyed,
along with their home planets.
Then Barney follows some clues and discovers a real Piggy. What
if the game is not only a board game?
Here’s a fun science fiction adventure with the future of the world in
the balance. Judging by my sons, it’s especially good for boys from
upper elementary grades through early high school.
Kristin gives this book 5 stars, with the comment: I read this
book in High School (14yrs ago)and loved it - I've since been looking for
it for my son to read - and only tonight was able to recall the Title!
It's a fabulous book - I think every kid would like it. Great Creativity!
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