Saturday, May 15, 2010

Happy Birthday Paul Zindel!

The Pigman

I don't usually write about Young Adult or Teen novels but I couldn't let today pass without doing homage to the great Paul Zindel.   I remember reading The Pigman when I was younger and how it had such an effect on me.   It was one of the first times I realized that not all book have endings that are neat and tidy.  It was such a sad book.   It is a perennial on school reading lists which it should be.   It is a must read for any teenager or younger child to read.   It is a powerful way to explain how what we do and say can effect other people.   It taught me that words and actions can be harmful when we don't think of consequences.  I have always thought that The Pigman's Legacy was a book of redemption.   Wouldn't it be great if we could fix what had have broken....lessons learned are powerful.

Paul Zindel was great at really knowing his characters.   I remember watching his playThe Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds when I was little.   My sister played the role of Tillie in her college production.  At the time I didn't understand it but as I grew older I realized that this too was a powerful commentary on how we should treat the people around us.  

I am aware that Mr Zindel's books get banned for language and such but let's face it that is only because he wrote characters who are real....they should not be overlooked.

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