Saturday, May 21, 2011


Title: Pig Boy

Author: J.C.Bourke

Publisher: Random House

RRP: $18.95

ISBN: 9781741663129

Release Date: May 2011


An unmissable novel from the award-winning author of THE STORY OF TOM BRENNAN


On Damon Styles's eighteenth birthday, he is expelled from school. But it's what happens afterwards that changes everything.

Now Damon must come up with a plan. It's the only way he can think straight. First, get his firearms licence. Then, see if the Pigman will give him a job - pig hunting will teach Damon what he needs to know. And he’d better get a lock for his wardrobe so his mother won't find what he's hiding.

Damon’s taking matters into his own hands - but so is the town of Strathven.

A confronting, powerful story for young adults in the vein of J.C. Burke’s CBCA award-winner THE STORY OF TOM BRENNAN.


Pig Boy by J.C.Burke is about a young boy, Damon, who is bullied at school. Unlike most victims, he is also aggressive and not a very pleasant boy. He is also quite smart, but lacks self confidence and self esteem so he escapes from his insular small town to his room, making lists and playing violent computer games. Likewise his mother has retreated to the house living in front of the tv and eating junk food.

With such a troubled background it is no surprise that he is expelled from school and eventually finds work with the 'pig man', an isolated character who has his own violent past. The pig man is just that, a man who hunts wild pigs. Damon joins him learning far more than just the skills of hunting.

This is a complex story which I would highly recommend for teenage boys.

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