Saving Marty by Paul Griffin

338771545/5

I received an advanced copy of this book to enjoy and review. Saving Marty by Paul Griffin is an adorable and witty book about a boy who saves a runt pig and a runt pig who brings together a family trough his hijinks. Renzo is a pre-teen growing up in Pennsylvania on a farm. His best friend Paloma and him bonded as children who have lost a parent. They spend their days on the farm making music and dreaming of making it big in hollywood. As a child, I lost a parent quite similarly to the way Renzo lost his father. This book though for pre-teens struck home for me. When Renzo finds Marty (the pig) in with the litter of puppies his dog just had, he almost instantly┬áhas a connection with him. Marty who grows up thinking he is a dog is comical and sweet. He comes into Renzo’s life when he needs him most. Their friendship is sweet and I was constantly shocked by how draw-in I was to reading. Saving Marty had me laughing and crying, sometimes both at once. I loved this coming of age tale and can not wait for my son to be old enough to read it.All the characters in Saving Marty are all well-built, I especially love Double, though the areas to which they are in are lacking in detail. I was able though to be able to build it up with my imagination, and that is never a bad thing for kids to work on.

Reading it with your pre-teen might also help open up the floor for various degrees of topics to talk about. Spoilers ahead!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Topics will include losing homes, war, PTSD, suicide, friends moving away, losing a pet, and handling bullies.

Saving Marty is intended for ages 10-14 but is a good tale for anyone.

Saving Marty is set to be released 9/19/17

 

 

How do you read?

I love myself a good old fashion book. One I can hold in my hands and smell and feel. One where I get the satisfaction of turning the pages. The feeling of weight shifting from my right hand, to my left. My problem with them though is how I read. When I am fully engrossed in a book little beside my son or a fire will make me put the book down. I have been known to read while cooking, cleaning, eating, and yes even while I shower. The last one is particularly hard. When I discovered E-books I was a little swept away, man this thing is light and with the Nook (1st ed) I have I can still read outdoors. I could throw it in my purse and be on my way. I was no longer a purist so to speak about holding a real book. Lately I have discovered audiobooks, I know, I know they have been around forever. Again I was still coming down off my high horse and expanding my mind. Let me tell you audiobooks are great because now I can even read at the gym and while driving. My life is now a never-ending literary adventure so to speak. Now there is many ways to enjoying reading, I know not everyone is as obsessive as I am. I give no judgement to how people like to read. Any reading is good reading, and to those who don’t like e-books or audiobooks, good for you stick to it. We need to keep print alive! So how do you like to read? My husband for instants put on a sports game or music and sits down in his spot on the couch to crack open a book. My son enjoys them read to him, mostly when he is already supposed to be in bed. So take a break from reading and let me know! I promise you can go right back to it!