Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Meet Martyn Pig. His name may be bad, but his life is worse. Martyn's life is miserable, and it always has been. His mother is gone. His father hates him. But at least things can't get any worse. Or so he thought.
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A dark yet bizarrely comic murder mystery; the story of Martyn Pig, a teenager caught in a macabre web of deceit when his father is killed. This comedy of errors is tightly plotted and full of moral ambiguity. By turns funny and nightmarish, the writing has a ‚??film noir‚?Ě quality to it. It conjures up images that stay with the reader long after the book is finished.