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Pig-Heart Boy

Pig-Heart Boy

Published: 5 Feb 2004

Paperback / softback, 256 pages

Recommended for age 11+

By Malorie Blackman

Published by Penguin Random House Children's UK

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That's all I ever did - watch and listen. I was always a spectator, never a participant. I didn't call that living.

I was alive - but that was all.' Cameron is thirteen, and all he wants is a 'normal' life - friends, swimming, school, family. But his life is far from normal. Not every thirteen-year-old desperately needs a new heart because theirs doesn't work properly.

Finally, one doctor offers hope. Cameron could - if he and his parents agree - take part in a radical and controversial procedure involving the transplant of a pig's heart into his human body. It's risky.

And it's never been done before . . .

While Cameron comes to terms with the idea, he finds the world around him is much less accepting. But surely everyone will understand that it's better to have a pig's heart that works than a human heart that doesn't - won't they...

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