ABOUT THE BOOK
In this modern-day homage to Charlotte’s Web, a little pig in a big city leads to lots of trouble. Can eleven-year-old Josie Shilling save the day?
Josie Shilling’s family is too big, their cramped city house is too small, and she feels like no one’s ever on her side. Then, on Thanksgiving Day, her older brother, Tom, brings home a pink, squirmy bundle wrapped in an old football jersey—a piglet he rescued from a nearby farm. Her name is Hamlet.
The minute Josie holds Hamlet, she feels an instant connection. But there’s no room for Hamlet in the crowded Shilling household. And whoever heard of keeping a pig in the city? So it’s up to Josie to find her a forever home.
REVIEWS ARE IN!
“A charming tale, ideal for fans of Jeanne Birdsall’s The Penderwicks, Dana Alison Levy’s The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, and classics by Eleanor Estes.” — School Library Journal
“An appealing protagonist figuring out what’s important to her…heartwarming and satisfying.” — ALA Booklist
“With echoes of Charlotte’s Web, Kendall’s sweet story of family, friendship, and growing pains should charm a broad range of readers.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Jodi Kendall’s utterly charming, heartfelt story of the unlikely bond between a girl and a pig just goes to show that sometimes it takes a little pig with a big heart to bring a family together again. Move over Wilbur, there’s a new pig in town!” — Bobbie Pyron, critically-acclaimed author of A Dog’s Way Home
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jodi Kendall grew up in Columbus, Ohio with her family of seven, and a household of countless pets including hamsters, ducks, dogs, rabbits, an iguana, and yes… even a farm pig! As a freelance wildlife journalist, Jodi once followed a secret nighttime transport of a manta ray over state lines, swam with seven species of sharks, got up close and personal with venomous snakes, and motored through a saltwater crocodile breeding ground. These days, you can find Jodi typing away at home in New York City, where she’s still an animal lover at heart. Jodi holds an MFA from The University of Arizona and is an active member of SCBWI. THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY is her first novel, and the sequel is forthcoming with HarperChildrens in Fall 2018.