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Pig-Heart Boy
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  • Published: 1 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446453551
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

Pig-Heart Boy

Reissued with a fresh new look, Pig-Heart Boy is a critically acclaimed book for younger readers from the author of the bestselling Noughts and Crosses sequence.

You're thirteen. All you want is a normal life. But most normal kids don't need heart transplants.

So there's this doctor. He says there's a chance for you. But he also says it's experimental, controversial and risky. And it's never been done before.

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, this is a powerful, thought-provoking story from the award-winning Malorie Blackman.

  • Pub date: 1 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446453551
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the Author

Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman has written over 60 books for children and young adults, including the Noughts & Crosses series, Thief and most recently her science fiction thriller Chasing the Stars. Her work has also been adapted for TV with the 6-part adaptation of Pig-Heart Boy winning a BAFTA and Noughts & Crosses currently in production for the BBC, with Roc Nation (Jay-Z's entertainment company) on board to curate and release the soundtrack as Executive Producer. A stage adaptation of the book, by Pilot Theatre, will run from February 2019, under the direction of Sabrina Mahfouz. In 2005, Malorie was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the world of children’s books, in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children’s literature and, between 2013 and 2015, she was the Children’s Laureate. Malorie is currently writing for the new Doctor Who series on BBC One and the fifth novel in her Noughts & Crosses sequence, Crossfire, will be published by Penguin Random House Children's in summer 2019.

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Praise for Pig-Heart Boy

“A bizarre yet strangely realistic book . . . the plot is well developed with many unexpected twists”

The Times

“Engrossing story”

Daily Telegraph

“A powerful story about friendship, loyalty and family around this topical and controversial issue”

The Guardian

“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”


“This is a really good story which makes you want to read more as the suspense increases.”

Education Otherwise

“Great for older readers able to tackle issues.”


“This is a tense story, emotional, even heart breaking at times, and it leaves you thinking about some important ethical issues.”

Newcastle Upon Tyne Evening Chronicle

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