Martyn Pig

Martyn Pig

by Kevin Brooks

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Meet Martyn Pig... a boy with a terrible name, trapped in a terrible life. His mother has left him. His father is a belligerent, abusive alcoholic. It seems like his life can't get any worse.

And then it does. Faced with the sudden, accidental death of his father, Martyn realizes that for the first time ever, he has a choice. He can tell the police what happened -- and be suspected of murder -- or he can get rid of the body and go on with the rest of his life. Deciding on the latter, Martyn and his sharp-witted and undeniably pretty new neighbor come up with a seemingly foolproof plan. Then, just as Martyn begins to think his life is finally under control, a twisted turn of events leaves him stunned beyond belief. Kevin Brooks masterfully captures the humor and heart of this compelling character with his chilling, unforgettable story.

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ISBN-13: 9780756972172
Publisher: Perfection Learning Prebound
Publication date: 04/01/2003
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 11 - 15 Years

About the Author

Date of Birth:

March 30, 1959

Place of Birth:

Exeter, Devon, England


B.A. in Cultural Studies, Aston University, 1983

Table of Contents

Christmas Day202

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Martyn Pig 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
TeddyR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very dark book about Martyn Pig, a boy that nothing goes right for. His mother abandoned him and his drunk, abusive father. The only bright light in his life is the older girl who lives down the street, Alex. Everything changes when his father is accidently killed. Martyn can change his life with Alex's help.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Martyn Pig has had a hard life. His mother divorced his father and left him with his dad. His father is a drunk who only stays sober when his sister is coming for a visit. She had tried to get custody of Martyn. Martyn finds himself in trouble when he accidently kills his father. Enter his friend Alex and her boyfriend Dean and the trouble has begun. This book kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through. I felt the anxiety that Martyn felt while he was going through all his different situations. I have a hard time keeping this book on my shelves. thiswas a re-read for me. I first read it seven years ago when it first came out. I have had to purchase four new copies since that time because they have been stolen or just loved to death. This book is great for any kid because they can relate to it in so many ways.
escondidolibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Martyn's father is an alcoholic and when he dies in an accident in their home one night, Martyn isn't sure what to do. If he goes to the police, he may be suspected of murder and will have to go live with his awful aunt. But what will happen if he just gets rid of the body?
orangecrush More than 1 year ago
So far, " Martyn Pig" has been pretty good. The main character, Martyn, has been made fun of a lot because of his last name. People would call him names and make fun of him. There are a lot of lessons that you can learn from this book. There are some similar book to this like, "Brutal" which is a book about a girl who was being bullied too. This kid, Martyn learns to deal with all of the struggles in his life. His father is an alcoholic, his parents are divorced and he has to do everything for himself and his family. For example, he had to walk across town to get food and presents for his family for Christmas. The book is very descriptive though because it describes the setting of the town and the people he sees. You can picture all of the important scenes too. I totally recommend this book to kids around my age!
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I read this book when I was in the 7th grade and I've re-read it since then about 3 or 4 times. Each time I found something new in it. This is a very interesting, thrilling novel that I would recommend to anyone looking for a quick read that is both a page turner and something that really makes you think. My favorite book from Kevin Brooks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot. martyn always got made fun of beacuse of his last name. Martyn's parents were divorced. His father was an alcoholic adn always bossed him around. There was this girl named alex. Martyn was in love with her. When martyn accidentally killed his dad, Alex was the only one who new about it. Alex tried to help him out. Martyn wouldnt call the cops he was to scared so he just left his dad in the front room. Alex tried to convince him to call the cops but that didnt help any. Alex always went to martyns house to comfort him adn try to figure out what to do with the dead body.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Martyn Pig lives in a troubled world. When he¿s not being taunted because of his name, he has to go home to an uncaring, alcoholic father. His dad terrorizes the boy, making him miserable. The situation only get worse when his only relative, his aunt, comes to visit. The peevish Aunty Jean always connives to steal Martyn away. Of course, when a cute girl moves in next door, Martyn becomes infatuated, only to find out she¿s dating a real creep named Dean. Things couldn¿t get much worse, right? A week before Christmas, Martyn¿s father, in a drunken stupor, suffers an accidental death. Now without his only provider, Martyn has no idea what to do. Shouldn¿t he just call the cops? Unsure about the best solution, the boy ends up waiting. When he decides the cops won¿t believe him, he decides to get rid of his dead dad in a less traditional manner. Martyn Pig is a great novel for those interested in dramatic thrillers. Martyn¿s narration shows his truly cynical views of others, which offers an oddly personal insight into his own bleak world. It¿s a compelling read for teens who want to see a different perspective on life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was pretty good but i was expecting more since i had just read other Kevin Brooks books. I read it in one night though it was very fast paced and stuff. I just got bored ofthe whole what should we do with the dad thing and it grossed me out that he was living with a dead person in his house.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book from the library and suspected a standard read. I was wrong! I was really surprised with how the book turned out there were great plot twists and the book was easy to understand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really surpised me threw out .I never execpt all this from this book . I was unable to stop reading it . It took me on a great journay . I love ending . I deffintel think ever one should read this book in fact it should be come a movies it was that good . I not kidiing
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw Martyn Pig I taught it was going to be like any other book, but like they say, ¿Don¿t judge the book by its cover.¿ Once I started reading this book it just pulled me in. This book Its about a young teenage boy in the U.K. he really doesn¿t like his name because they make fun of it. Another thins is his dad. Martyn¿s dad is an alcoholic and doesn¿t care much about Martyn. Martyn hates his dad, he hates him real bad, but that¿s not the case. Marty¿s dad is dead! And Martyn doesn¿t know what to do, if he should call the police and be suspicious about murder. Or just go on with his rest of his life¿ Sounds easy huh? Not really. Read this book and find out what happens, THIS BOOK IS GREAT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This review is about the book Martyn Pig. It takes place around the U.K. I¿ve only read about half of the book but I really like where it¿s going. Marytn Pig is the main characters name that he dislikes. It is a boy who grew up with his father, who is a drunken bum and is very abusive towards Martyn. Martyn also admires his neighbor who lives across the street from him and liked her since she moved in. The main problem is about Martyn¿s dad¿s death and how Martyn deals with this situation. I think it is a great book to read especially if you like suspense stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, but the only thing that disappointed me was the fact that Martyn was SO obsessed with that Alex girl when he really shouldn't have been. I mean, she was such a complete poser, and not just the whole acting bit. In general, she wasn't a good friend to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gives you sooooooooo many surprises from beginning to the end. This is one of the very few books that you can read over and over and over again without getting bored
Guest More than 1 year ago
A morbid look into the secluded mind of an utterly unique teen who's struggling to get a grip on what his life IS. Take that character...throw in a murder...and a love interest...some villains you have a masterpiece tailored for your interest specially by Kevin Brooks
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the most amazing book I have ever read. The way Kevin Brooks wrote it was so beautiful. It was like reading a peom the whole time. I cried when it was over because I just wanted more. It was really an amazing book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my all-time favorite book and it is a must read book! I would advise everybody to read it! The author made the characters so real, he did an awesome job with this book! It just can't get any better! If you want a spetacular book to read, this is the one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recomend this book to anyone probably 17 or younger because and adult would probably not like this kind of book. Martyn is a kid who feels left out his dad treats him like treat dirt. His dad is a drunk and doesn't care about anything but himself. Martyn and his dad got in an arguement and his dad pushed him so Martyn pushed him back. Martyn's dad stumbled back and hit his head on the fireplace mantle and died instantly. Martyn is in so much shock that he doesn't call the police, he is confused, and worried. Now it is too late to call the police because they would get ideas like he killed his dad on purpose. Alex Martyn's friend finds out and now they are trying to plan what to do with his dad's body and doing while his Aunt Jean can't find out. Aunt Jean only thinks that he is seriously ill.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book from the library and I thought it was really good! It kept me wanting to read more and more! It's a very good book =^..^=