Interstellar Pig by William Sleator
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A delightful YA book which I read on first publication, this novel’s protagonist is a rather shy and diffident sixteen-year-old avid science fiction reader. Barney discovers himself in the midst of science fiction come true, while on a two-week isolated beach vacation with his folks. Barney, unlike his upright father and social-climbing mother, may suffer from a retiring disposition and find his greatest joy in reading, but be assured this boy is no reclusive fool. First (and only) to recognize the new neighbors moving into the beach cottage next to the large Victorian house his family has rented are at best odd, at worst, quite possibly dangerous, he sets out to befriend them and to learn their secrets-and so he does!
An exciting novel for YA and middle-graders as well as for adults, “Interstellar Pig” (more recently republished as “Parasite Pig”) will keep intrigued readers glued to the page and eager to follow Barney’s incredible, out-of-this-world (literally) adventures.
This novel was a re-read, and I can honestly verify that I enjoyed just as much on second reading as on initial perusal.
This novel also has a sequel, "Parasite Pig."
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