Cameron’s operation is risky. Very risky. He needs a new heart and the best match comes from an unusual source - a pig. A pig heart transplant has never been done before. It may not work out and it’s controversial but Cameron and his family are prepared to give it a try. After all, it’s the one chance Cameron has of leading a normal life and at thirteen that’s the one thing he really wants to do. Told by Cameron as he faces up to the bravest decision of his life this is an emotionally rich and thought-provoking story. ~ Julia Eccleshare
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Cameron is thirteen and in need of a heart transplant when a pioneering doctor approaches his family with a startling proposal. He can give Cameron a new heart - but from a pig. Cameron is fed up with just sitting on the side of life, always watching and never doing. He has to try - to become the world's first pig-heart boy.
A powerful story about friendship, loyalty and family around this topical and controversial issue Guardian
Engrossing story Daily Telegraph
A sensitive and informative story that provides a vivid insight into transgenics and xenotransplantations and still manages to squeeze in the inevitable guinea-pig and piggy in the middle jokes Independent
Great for older readers able to tackle issues First
A bizarre yet strangely realistic book ... The plot is well developed with many unexpected twists The Times
|Publication date:||5th February 2004|
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers|
|Other Categories:||Bookshelf Essentials|
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