Piglettes by Clémentine Beauvais
What can I say? Piglettes certainly leaves an imprint on my heart, that’s for sure! I finished it recently and was sad to see it end, because it was so meaningful.
Piglettes is the first person tale of three girls, the medallists of their school online ‘Pig Pageant’. They unite, all for different reasons, and set off to gate-crash a presidential garden party, in Paris, a six day cycle away. Accompanying them is Hakima’s older brother, who is a double amputee. They share the same motivation, to strip an army officer of his bravery medal, for he was the cause of Kader’s disability.
Astrid, however, is a die-hard fan of the Indochines, a band that will be performing at the garden party. Mireille is heading off for a completely different reason. She has the intention of informing her father, the husband of the president, that he has a daughter, a fifteen year old daughter to be precise.
So together with three bicycles, a wheelchair, a trailer and several sausages, the group set out on their unlikely quest. Along the way encounter another type of fame, one they’re not as used to, and an unbreakable friendship.
This story motivates me to stand up for our rights, and reiterates an important concept; nobody is ugly and everyone has the potential to be their own hero.
FictionFan1 Rating: 8.5/10
If you liked this author you might like: Sharon Creech, Laurel Remington, E.B White
About the author: Clémentine Beauvais is French and has written many novels, mainly for adults, but some for children and teenagers. Piglettes is the English translation of Les Petites Reines and was translated by Clémentine Beauvais.
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