Thorndike Press


  • Cynthia Kadohata
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 143288459X
  • ISBN-13: 9781432884598
  • Shipping Weight: .85 lbs ( .39 kgs)
  • 256 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released December 2020



A Newbery Medal–Winning Author
A National Book Award-Winning Author

Being a quadruplet can make it hard to stand out from the crowd. Becca’s three brothers all have something that makes them . . . them. Jake has his music and dancing, Jammer plays hockey, and K.C. doesn’t do much of anything. Becca is the only one with nothing to make her special. But when she finds a tiny, sick piglet on the side of the road, Becca knows this is it. Becca names her Saucy, and convinces her family to take her in. But as Saucy gets bigger, some tough decisions need to be made, and Becca’s search for solutions brings to light exactly where Saucy came from. Turns out, there are a lot more scared piglets out there, and saving them may take Becca and her brothers finally doing something together.

Age Range: 8-12 | Grade Level: 3-7 | Lexile Measure: 730L


Customer Reviews

“A lively, heartwarming family story.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Kadohata excels at creating multidimensional characters who drive her stories . . . VERDICT Readers will love the zany antics brought on by raising a pig, but what makes this a must-read is Becca and her family, with all their love, flaws, and -compassion.”

— School Library Journal (starred)