The Pigman is a novel about John Conlan and Lorraine Jensen, high school sophomores who befriend Mr. Pignati, a widower. After initially pranking him, Mr. Pignati becomes a fatherly figure towards them, giving them the love they lack at home. When Mr. Pignati is in the hospital, the kids take care of his house, which gets ransacked during a party they throw. To make up for the incident, they bring Mr. Pignati to the zoo, who suffers a fatal heart attack after learning his favorite baboon has died.
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