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Wednesday 27 September 2017

Review: Saving Marty

Renzo's dad died a hero before he met his only son and Renzo's been trying to make sense of the world ever since.

How can you love someone you've never met? And why does his mother seem close to tears whenever she sees how like his dad Renzo is becoming?

Despite a continual stream of late payment notices and pressure from the local real estate agent to sell their property, Renzo finds a reason to hope when the runt of their pig litter escapes the local livestock auction and gets mixed up with the puppies.

Renzo names the piglet after his dad and so begins a heartwarming odyssey. It's one thing to smile at the antics of pig the size of a dog, but when Marty hits 300 pounds, his future is precarious.

Renzo is desperate to keep Marty safe from the livestock auctions, but can he protect him from the myriad of other potential dangers amassing around them?

There's also the issue of Renzo's musical career. Is he following in his father's footsteps? If so, why doesn't his mum ever come to see him play? And how will Renzo cope if he loses his best friend?

Saving Marty is a gentle, quick read about coping with horrendous news, surviving against the odds and love, in all its forms. It's a keeper.

Title: Saving Marty
Author: Paul Griffin
Publisher: Text Publishing, $16.99
Publication Date: 2 October 2017
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925498868
For ages: 12 years +
Type: Young Adult