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Interstellar Pig

Press: Perfection Learning (June 1, 1995)
Publication Date:1995-6
Author Name:Sleator, William


It looks like a dull summer at the beach for Barney - until he learns the chilling history of the house his family's renting. 
And the people next door are just as curious about it as he is.
At first, Barney is flattered that Zena, Manny, and Joe want to spend so much time with him, and he's eager to join them in their favorite board game, Interstellar Pig, where rival aliens stop at nothing to destroy every other creature in the universe.
Soon he's addicted - but gradually he becomes suspicious.
There's something truly weird about Zena, Manny, and Joe.
They seemed virtually obsessed with Barney's house.
Are they thieves? Con artists? Or something even more sinister?


"A riveting adventure.... 
Terrifyingly vivid, coupled with a highflying sense of humor."A riveting adventure....
Terrifyingly vivid, coupled with a high-flying sense of humor.
("The New York Times Book Review")

About the Author

William Sleator is the best-selling author of many novels for children. 
Hailed by R.L.
Stine as 'one of my favourite young-adult writers', Mr Sleator divides his time between homes in Boston, Massachusetts and rural Thailand.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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  •     I first read this book in 7th grade, and it has stuck with me all of these years. (I am now 23). This is a great sci-fi book with such detail and a carefully woven plot. It grabs you, and hold you even past the last page. If you find it, and I have had a HARD time finding it, grab it and never let go!!!

  •     Exactly as awesome as I remember.

  •     Imagine a scavenger hunt where everyone is looking for just one item, a special item, possibly a sentient item that wants to be found.

  •     Interesting book.

  •     All of William Sleator's books are good science fiction for young people, even though most of them take overdone subjects for yet another ride.

  •     I have to agree with the 23 year old about this book. Interstellar Pig has to be the best sci fi book I have read. I read it for the first time in the 7th grade. Now here in college (I'm 19 now), I'm looking to order a copy to have one forever and pass it to my kids. Enjoy it for the fantasy and imagination, for it makes you think throughout the book.

  •     I've enjoyed William Sleator's books since I was a teenager, and "Interstellar Pig" was no exception.

  •     Excellent book. One of only a few library books I've sought to buy personally.

  •     12 year old boy in your life who loves sci fi? He will adore this!

  •     Read this book when I was in elementary and now had my daughter read it and she's in 4th grade. She liked it a lot.

  •     William Sleator recently visited my school. So, needless to say, all the kids were forced to read a bunch of his books. Out of the one's I read (Interstellar Pig, House of Stairs, The Boxes, The Spirit House and SIngularity) Interstellar Pig was far and away my favorite. This very well-written and exceptionally creative book was simply a joy to read from start to finish. The subtle descriptions are exquisite and there are several very suprising twists throughout. I felt that at one point toward the end it was just violent and boring but the book definitely picks up again with yet another wonderful plot twist. A often hilarious, interesting, unusual and all around excellent book. This is William Sleator's masterpiece, simple as that.

  •     I read this book years ago when I was in the 8th grade. Unfortunately, when I went off to college a lot of my books went missing.

  •     Probably the most renowned Sleator book "Intersteller Pig" really does deliver as much as it suggests and much more. Although sometimes other of Sleators works seem more serious. I quickly change my mind after re-reading it. (I have all of his stuff several times, especially his earlier stuff which now is getting up into teen amounts of time I've read them.) The idea may at first seem less serious BUT as always Sleator's delivery is hardcore and realistic. This is how a real person would react under these circumstances.There are some really great scenes in this book. All the gibberish language the piggy uses. When Zena, Manny, and Joe all have something to offer Barney.I can't get over the AWSOME IMAGERY. When Zena is trying to sell something to Barney and Joe walks in from the Rain dripping wet from head to toe and knowing full well what they were up to. It's just amazing. AND THE BATTLES, THE BATTLES ARE GREAT! YOUR ARE THERE. And the COOL Names Sleator gives different items talk about an imaginative vocabulary. "Portable Access to the Fifth Dimensional Matrix" There are a couple others I can't remember of hand. After reading the book 12 times I have to wait awhile before gorging myself on it again.And then there is THE GAME. Before it everything else is paled. I could never explain it to you without you having read the book. But suffice it to say I remember being a kid and staying up all night with my best friend making up cards and a board for Intersteller Pig. We never finished it but man did we have fun.Please do not miss this book, young child or old adult it doesn't matter, you will love the things that it does with your imagination.Enjoy

  •     I just read Interstellar Pig over the summer of 2002. I am 31 and thought that it would be a poorly written kids sci-fi book. Boy was I wrong. This is one of the most imaginitive sci-fi books I have ever read. I was surprised by the writing style and the ideas. There were numerous twists and turns. It's not just about aliens but about choices, about making quick snap decisions. Not necessarily a guide for life but still a good book for anyone to read. I really could not predict what was going to happen next. It has supsense, action, and at times it just makes you think about life, and about what it is we are here to do on earth. I wish it were longer, I wish he would have went more in depth but I was still very pleased.

  •     This book is great. It's all about Barney and the neighbors he meets one summer at the beach. They're mysterious people who apprear different to everyone who sees them and are oddly fascinated by the island not far from the their rented house . . . and a game called Interstellar Pig. When Barney becomes a player, he has no idea that the game he's getting into is real -- and possibly deadly! Fans should be sure to check out Sleator's other works, particularly Singularity and The Boxes. There's a sequel to this book called Parasite Pig that's worth a read, but don't buy it; check it out from the library; it's not that great. Definitely not Sleator's best. Another recommendation: when you read his books, it's best if you don't read the backs. That way you don't quite know what you're getting into and the plot comes as a surprise. If I had known what was coming in Interstellar Pig, I wouldn't have enjoyed it half as much.

  •     Interstellar Pig isn't the greatest book that I have read. It seemed really unreal with a lot of the stuff that was in the book. I know fictional books aren't supposed to be real, but I think Wiilliam Sleator really strecthed the meaning of fictional. I mean, it seemed as everything was made up right off hand and I didn't really think the book flowed very well. For example, at the beginning of the book it talked about this really historical house that the new neighbors that moved in next to it were really interested in the house. They always were over there, rooting through stuff in the house. I thought it was going to be a good mystery story about the hosue, and it turned out that they never talked about the book again in the story. After a few mind-teasing sentences, the book totally switched topics and started talking about some darn board game. So unless you enjoy wasting your time reading pointless books, I recommend that you don't read Interstellar Pig.

  •     I remember this book being read to me in Elementary school long ago. Just ran across it, had to actually read it for myself, it's actually very much a complex book.


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