Pig Heart Boy – Blackman, Malorie


Pig Heart Boy




Cameron is thirteen and desperately in need of a heart transplant when a pioneering doctor approaches his family with a startling proposal. He can give Cameron a new heart – but not one from a human, one from a pig. It’s never been done before. It’s experimental, risky and very controversial. But Cameron is fed up with just sitting on the side of life, always watching and never doing. He has to try – to become the world’s first Pig-Heart Boy!

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

Cameron seems like any other normal thirteen year-old on the outside, but on the inside, his heart is giving out. He needs a heart transplant when the waiting list for human donors is huge. That’s when he’s approached by a doctor asking him whether he’d be interested in having a transplant using a pig heart. Cameron wants to be like the other boys and girls his age, able to play football and go swimming for long periods of time, without getting tired out and worrying about his heart stopping altogether.

This book was amazing! It had me really feeling for the character the entire way through. I would definitely recommend this book to junior readers as it isn’t a hard book to read, but can be hard-hitting in places, regarding how he is treated once people realise that he has a pig heart.

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