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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|
A World Book Day Author 2019 | Children's Laureate 2013-2015 Malorie Blackman has written over sixty books for children and young adults. Many of her books have also been adapted for stage and television, including a BAFTA-award-winning BBC production of Pig-Heart Boy and a Pilot Theatre stage adaptation by Sabrina Mahfouz of Noughts & Crosses. There is also a major BBC production of Noughts & Crosses, with Roc Nation (JayZ's entertainment company) curating and releasing the soundtrack as executive music producer. In 2008 Malorie received an OBE for her services to children's literature, and between 2013 and 2015 she was the Children's Laureate. ...More About Malorie Blackman