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Pig Park

VOYA Magazine

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Masi Burciaga and her family have lived in the Pig Park neighborhood outside of Chicago for her whole life. After the American Lard company closes down, Pig Park turns into a ghost town. Her family’s bakery is barely surviving, her local school closed down, and all of the remaining businesses around the park are feeling the pressure. If there is one thing that can be said about the people living in Pig Park, it is that they are not willing to give up. The adults get an idea to enlist all of the teens to build a giant pyramid to attract people to Pig Park, and eventually get businesses back up and running. College student Felix comes to town representing Dr. Humberto Vidales Casal, the man behind this grand idea. As time goes on, Masi and Felix get closer, eventually leading Masi to find out some troubling news about the “Gran Pirámide.” What if the building of the pyramid has come with ulterior motives?
It is no secret that, more often than not, ethnic diversity is lacking when it comes to teen literature. With Pig Park, Martinez uses diversity to her advantage, showcasing Masi, her family, and all of the people living in this town. Food is one of the ways this is shown, with descriptions of the Burciagas’ breads and pastries throughout the story. It would have been more effective, perhaps, if Martinez had delved deeper into the culture with more description. Overall, this is a quick read that touches on family issues, young love, and the strength that comes when times get tough.—Loryn Aman.
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