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Martyn Pig
Publication Information:
México D.F. : FCE - Fondo de Cultura Económica, [2011]
Physical Description:
1 online resource (140 páginas)
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Contiene índice.
Local Note:
Recurso electronico. Santa Fe, Arg. : e-libro, 2016. Disponible via World Wide Web. El acceso puede ser limitado para las bibliotecas afiliadas a e-libro.


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Marty Pig tiene, a sus catorce años, una vida complicada: se burlan de su nombre, tiene un padre alcohólico y está enamorado de su vecina, que tiene novio. Unos días antes de Navidad, se encuentra con que el cadáver de su padre yace en la sala y tiene dos opciones: llamar a la policía o esconder el cuerpo y fingir inocencia. Martyn opta por la segunda, sobre todo, porque está harto de que no lo dejen tranquilo. Logra salir avante de la investigación policial, pero descubre, a su pesar, que su amor platónico lo traicionó para quedarse con una sorpresiva herencia que le pertenecía por derecho.

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Martyn Pig's mother left years ago; his father is an abusive alcoholic. Living in a dreary English seaside town, he thinks that things can't get any worse. But, in the week that readers spend with him, his life takes an even worse turn. He makes the mistake of yelling at his father; as the drunken man comes at his son with his fist raised, he stumbles, falls (with just the merest shove from Martyn), hits his head on the fireplace wall, and dies. Faced with the possibility of living with his dreadful aunt, and feeling no sense of having done anything really wrong, he decides not to notify the police. With the help of his friend Alex, he concocts a macabre, blackly humorous scene to fool Aunty Jean into thinking Dad is very ill in bed. He and Alex then sew him and some rocks into a sleeping bag and pitch him into a quarry. When Martyn stumbles across a letter informing his father of a substantial inheritance, he thinks he and Alex will be set for the future. Then blackmail and double-crossing enter the picture. She steals the money and disappears, but not before she does away with her boyfriend. In a brief epilogue, readers see Martyn in his aunt's house, in sunnier times. They will be fascinated with the gripping plot twists and turns, and fully engaged by Martyn's distinctive voice. While there are some heavy issues here, the characters are surprisingly likable, and the bleakness is tempered by some tongue-in-cheek and zany humor. Fresh and edgy, Martyn Pig will have tremendous teen appeal.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

In a starred review, PW called this novel about a boy who accidentally kills his slovenly and abusive alcoholic father (and decides not to call the authorities) "hard-boiled, wide eyed and laugh-aloud funny." Ages 10-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

Martyn Pig, a lonely and abused teenager, hides the accidental death of his drunken father from the authorities with the help of his one friend Alex, an older teenage girl. An admirer of Sherlock Holmes, Martyn eventually works out that his supposed ally had been planning a larger swindle all along, including murder. Bleak and very (working-class) British, the novel is well constructed and compelling. From HORN BOOK Fall 2002, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

This sometimes grossly funny, always absorbing gut-wrenching thriller tells the slippery-slope story of how a few (granted large) ethical missteps can send a character sliding down a moral mineshaft. After a sharply etched set-up that neatly lays out the grim life of 15-year-old Martyn Pig, the novel explodes into noir when the protagonist, a passionate mystery buff, shoves his angry, alcoholic father, who is coming at him, "with his fist raised above his head and drunken madness burning in his eyes." Martyn's father, who is too intoxicated to maintain his footing, accidentally falls, fatally cracking his head in the process. When Martyn finds out that his now-dead father is due to come into a substantial inheritance, greed takes over, and soon Martyn is plotting with his slightly older neighbor and best friend, a pretty, talented aspiring actress named Alex. As the determined amateurs orchestrate the grizzly disposal of the increasingly ripe corpse, Brooks piles on obstacles followed by complications. Just when the suspense becomes close to unbearable, he unleashes a completely unsuspected yet perfectly credible plot twist that will make readers smack their heads in disbelief, wondering how they could have missed something so obvious. Brooks does a good job of making his protagonist sympathetic and understandable without being likable, though he spends a little too much time on his internal ramblings, which slows the action without significantly adding to the reader's insight. Still, a minor complaint in an otherwise provocative and engrossing debut. (Fiction. 11-15)