Piglettes – written and translated by Clémentine Beauvais


          Piglettes – written and translated by Clémentine Beauvais, Pushkin Children’s Books, 9781782691204, 2017

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Realistic Fiction

What did you like about the book?  A summer story of cycles and sausages!  After facing bullying at school, Mireille, Astrid, and Hakima band together and do the only logical thing: cycle across France while selling sausages and camping under the stars.  Their adventure will not only take them to Paris, but on an eye-opening path of self-love and acceptance.

This beautiful and funny book explores the troubles and triumphs of being a teen through the eyes of a witty, philosophical, and slightly awkward teen.  Beauvais goes above and beyond to appeal to readers while addressing many relevant issues in society including cyber-bullying, racism, and self-image.  Mireille’s voice and character are wonderfully authentic with unflappable confidence and inelegant missteps mixed together for a potent storyteller on a journey of self-discovery.

Anything you didn’t like about it? There are so many references to France and French culture that you can practically taste the baguettes and Brie.  This is not so much a complaint as an observation; teens will learn a lot but may find a quick Google search will help them understand certain phrases or landmarks.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommended for readers who enjoyed the outlook and humor of Willowdean in Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy, the mix of awkward moments and setting in Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, or the charming story of a rebel in The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart.

Who should buy this book? High school/YA library collections (public and school)

Where would you shelve it ? YA

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Love laughing and cringing?  This book is for you! While it’s not hard-hitting on many issues, it touches on them in a way that acknowledges the problems in society without bogging down what is essentially a lighthearted summer read.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA

Date of review: June 22, 2017

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