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A story about a girl and her ever-growing pig, Saucy. 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. thinks they’re all living in a simulation and doesn’t see the point of doing much of anything. Becca is the only one with nothing A story about a girl and her ever-growing pig, Saucy. 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. thinks they’re all living in a simulation and doesn’t see the point of doing 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. This is her thing. She names the piglet Saucy and between her own pleading and Saucy’s sweet, pink face, Becca convinces her family to take her in. Soon, Saucy is as big a part of the family as anyone else—and getting bigger. With each pound Saucy gains, the more capable she becomes of destroying the house and landing Becca in trouble. Some tough decisions need to be made about Becca’s pet, and her 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.


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A story about a girl and her ever-growing pig, Saucy. 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. thinks they’re all living in a simulation and doesn’t see the point of doing much of anything. Becca is the only one with nothing A story about a girl and her ever-growing pig, Saucy. 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. thinks they’re all living in a simulation and doesn’t see the point of doing 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. This is her thing. She names the piglet Saucy and between her own pleading and Saucy’s sweet, pink face, Becca convinces her family to take her in. Soon, Saucy is as big a part of the family as anyone else—and getting bigger. With each pound Saucy gains, the more capable she becomes of destroying the house and landing Becca in trouble. Some tough decisions need to be made about Becca’s pet, and her 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.

30 review for Saucy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mary Berger

    Very different childrens story. Enjoyed it. Would be great for any child that does not know where or gives a second thought about the food they eat.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

    This book was such a heart touching book! I read it and then read it to my daughter who has autism and she loved it too!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided Netgalley.com Becca is a quadruplet, and she and her brothers Bailey, Jammer, and J.C. live with their parents and grandmother in a small Ohio town. Becca knows that funds are tight for the family, with Jammer's hockey and Bailey's cerebal palsy that has him in a wheelchair. The family is close, and takes nightly walks. On one of these, Becca finds a very small, very sick piglet in the bushes. Becca and her father rush the animal to the vet, who says the piglet is very sick but may E ARC provided Netgalley.com Becca is a quadruplet, and she and her brothers Bailey, Jammer, and J.C. live with their parents and grandmother in a small Ohio town. Becca knows that funds are tight for the family, with Jammer's hockey and Bailey's cerebal palsy that has him in a wheelchair. The family is close, and takes nightly walks. On one of these, Becca finds a very small, very sick piglet in the bushes. Becca and her father rush the animal to the vet, who says the piglet is very sick but may survive. This isn't a pocket pig-- it is a breed that normally grows to 600 pounds. The mother reluctantly agrees to let Becca raise the pig until it gets to be 100 pounds, which she amends to 50 or 60 when Saucy, who is being kept in the kitchen, wreaks such havoc that even the kitchen cabinet doors are ripped off. Becca, who struggles to find friends at school, doesn't feel too bad about the expense to which Saucy is putting the family, because she figures she is the least expensive child, and she will work to pay her parents back. As Saucy grows, it becomes apparent that he will need to go to a pig sanctuary. Becca isn't happy with this, even after the family visits the sanctuary and can see how happy Saucy is there. After Saucy leaves the house, Becca becomes interested in the factory farm from which Saucy escaped, which is very near her home. She and her brothers go into the farm at night and steal nine piglets. They raise them at home, much to her mother's chagrin, and work to fight the factory farm. Becca manages to make a few friends from this endeavor, and is glad that they all want to help raise awareness of the pigs' plight. Strengths: It's always good to see close knit families, and also good to see books involving some aspects of farming. Pets, grandparents, and social activism are also popular topics. The addition of plentiful page illustrations are charming, since Saucy is a personable pig with lots of personality. We've had a couple of sets of quadruplets in our school system, so it was interesting to see how they interacted with their family. The Ohio setting made sense and didn't get any details wrong! Weaknesses: This book seems more like an elementary level one, so I don't know that I will buy it. What I really think: Kadohata's Checked was the perfect blend of sports, family problems, and pets, so I had high hopes for Saucy. This is where the review gets tricky. I was so irritated by Becca and her insistence on keeping Saucy even though it put her whole family out that I hated the book. I was angry that the parents didn't put their feet down and say "enough". The portrayal of the pig sanctuary was very positive, and it bothered me that Becca didn't seem to have Saucy's best interest at heart. I could have recommended the book even with those reservations, but when Becca and her brothers steal pigs from the farm, that put this one over the edge for me. Even if the farm is not treating animals correctly, stealing pigs is not the way to change this. There were not enough consequences for Becca's actions, AND the animal shelter ended up being burdened with nine more animals! I eat very little meat, and know that some animal farms are not run with the best interest of the animals at heart, but I also realize that farming is very, very hard to make profitable. I would give this book one star based on how I felt about it, but will give it three (out of five on Goodreads) on its own merits.

  4. 5 out of 5

    MyCatJeoffry Books

    From our blog (MyCatJeoffryBooks.org): We LOVED Saucy by Cynthia Kadohata! Saucy is a middle-grade novel (ages 8 on up) about a pig named Saucy – who is very saucy indeed! – and her family. Eleven-year-old Becca is the only girl in a family of quadruplets. One of her brothers has cerebral palsy, one is a star hockey player, and one is a science nerd. But Becca doesn’t really have anything that makes her stand out. Until she sees Saucy lying on the side of the road. At first she and her brothers a From our blog (MyCatJeoffryBooks.org): We LOVED Saucy by Cynthia Kadohata! Saucy is a middle-grade novel (ages 8 on up) about a pig named Saucy – who is very saucy indeed! – and her family. Eleven-year-old Becca is the only girl in a family of quadruplets. One of her brothers has cerebral palsy, one is a star hockey player, and one is a science nerd. But Becca doesn’t really have anything that makes her stand out. Until she sees Saucy lying on the side of the road. At first she and her brothers aren’t sure what exactly Saucy is – maybe an armadillo they guess? But then their parents see that she is pig, albeit one covered in mange and very skinny, pink and sickly. They rush her to a vet, who says she is very sick but is hopeful that she will survive. Survive Saucy does! When she comes home to live with Becca and her family, she is quite the character, getting into cupboards – sometimes by ripping the doors off – breaking into the fridge, crashing through doors – she takes the family on a ride with her intelligence, determination to get what she wants, and her increasing size and strength! But she doesn’t do anything mean-spirited, she is just very excited, and she really loves to eat. She’s also very lovable and has quite a bit of charm beneath the orneriness, and when the vet points out that she will likely grow to be 600 or more pounds and would be better off in a sanctuary, Becca is very sad. Actually, everyone is sad, since the family has grown to love her. Well, we won’t spoil it but the story ends happily. Because of Saucy, Becca has made up with an old friend with whom she had a spat, she understands her brothers in a new way, and she now has a purpose in life: to be an animal rights advocate. This last part happens after Becca discovers why Saucy was lying on the side of the road the day she met her and where she came from. You need to read the book to find out more, and trust me, you will want to read this one! The book has cute, fun illustrations by Marianna Raskin.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kee Hoo

    Quads Becca, KC, Bailey and Jammer, a girl and three boys. Becca is sad because everyone is good at something, except for her. Her mom keeps the family together with her lists and her dad works to keep everyone happy. Grandma is good at complaining. They take family walks regularly, Bailey rolls, because he has been in a wheelchair all his life, being born with CP. One day, Becca finds a piglet that is more dead than alive, beside the road. She begs her parents to take it to a veterinarian. The v Quads Becca, KC, Bailey and Jammer, a girl and three boys. Becca is sad because everyone is good at something, except for her. Her mom keeps the family together with her lists and her dad works to keep everyone happy. Grandma is good at complaining. They take family walks regularly, Bailey rolls, because he has been in a wheelchair all his life, being born with CP. One day, Becca finds a piglet that is more dead than alive, beside the road. She begs her parents to take it to a veterinarian. The vet gives her some special soap that makes the pig feel much better. Becca believes that she was meant to be a pig mom. She names the piglet Saucy. Saucy is very energetic and goes crazy when she sees fresh produce. The book is all about Saucy's life with Becca's family. The adventures are fun for children. The place Saucy ends up is a safe haven for pigs, where they don't have to worry about being eaten and they will always have enough food to eat. Towards the end of the book, we find out where Saucy originally came from, a pig factory farm. The quads sneak over there and make some horrible discoveries. The book touches on the depravity of pig factory farms, they are not at all humane for the pigs. Even if pigs are raised for people food, this doesn't mean that they should be made to suffer their entire lives. Yes, people should be made aware of animals who are raised for food, for the animals' rights to live a good life. I don't know that a middle grade novel is the appropriate setting for that. The quads are a fun bunch, always doing something. Thank you to Simon and Schuester for the complimentary copy of this book, I was under no obligation to post a review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nelda Brangwin

    As a kid I would have loved this book. The kids are in charge! Becca is a quadruplet. She is the only one who has nothing special about her. One brother is into hockey. Another is a math wizard and her third brother is confined to a motorized wheelchair. A grandmother who is always complaining lives with them. When Becca finds a nearly dead piglet, she convinces her family to take it to a vet. Turns out it is a Yorkshire pig which as an adult will weight 300 pounds. Becca convinces her parents t As a kid I would have loved this book. The kids are in charge! Becca is a quadruplet. She is the only one who has nothing special about her. One brother is into hockey. Another is a math wizard and her third brother is confined to a motorized wheelchair. A grandmother who is always complaining lives with them. When Becca finds a nearly dead piglet, she convinces her family to take it to a vet. Turns out it is a Yorkshire pig which as an adult will weight 300 pounds. Becca convinces her parents to let her keep Saucy, and mayhem and destruction happen. Eventually it is decided to give Saucy and surprise, surprise piglets up to an animal shelter. As an adult I cannot understand why her parents didn’t say “NO” at the beginning and why they let the pig stay in the house is beyond me. But what really bothered me was how Becca and her brothers stole pigs from a farm. But then this book wasn’t written for an adult who knows how expensive kids are. Trying to transport myself back into childhood, I would give this an average rating. Saucy is no Wilbur, that is for sure. Animal-loving kids who will love thinking about what they would do if they were Becca and lucky enough to own a pig.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This is a heart warming story about 11yr old Becca who is a quadruplet with three brothers who she feels are each special and good at different things while she considers herself good at nothing. She considers herself just ordinary and even a bad person since one time she did not stand by a friend who was being treated badly by other kids. Becca’s life, and that of her family, change when Becca finds a sick baby pig by the side of the road and convinces her family to let her take it home and car This is a heart warming story about 11yr old Becca who is a quadruplet with three brothers who she feels are each special and good at different things while she considers herself good at nothing. She considers herself just ordinary and even a bad person since one time she did not stand by a friend who was being treated badly by other kids. Becca’s life, and that of her family, change when Becca finds a sick baby pig by the side of the road and convinces her family to let her take it home and care of it. Her parents agree she can keep the pig until it gets too big for their home. Becky names “her” pig “ Saucy” and soon finds the fun and challenges of taking care of a rapidly growing pig - which gets bigger and stronger and gets them in trouble everyday. Becca and “ her” Saucy soon become the central focus of the entire family. By the end of the story, Becky is no longer afraid to stand up for herself and is passionate in what she believes in, and proves she is as brave as anyone. @SimonKids Sent from my iPad

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    With significant similarities to Saving Winslow (replace donkey with pig,) this realistic fiction novel for upper elementary features an interesting extended family and takes a surprising, but effective twist at the end. A good choice for family, book club or classroom read-aloud for your 2-5th grader; be prepared for many good discussions about responsibility, ethics, and parental love. I'd be interested to know how this book, which features a Japanese-American family, resonates with Asian-Ameri With significant similarities to Saving Winslow (replace donkey with pig,) this realistic fiction novel for upper elementary features an interesting extended family and takes a surprising, but effective twist at the end. A good choice for family, book club or classroom read-aloud for your 2-5th grader; be prepared for many good discussions about responsibility, ethics, and parental love. I'd be interested to know how this book, which features a Japanese-American family, resonates with Asian-American readers. There's no reference to "traditional" or stereotypical Japanese culture within the family, which makes it different from most books written in this era for this audience. This family is very generic, down to the father speaking almost exclusively in cliches. It's not an indictment, it's just a non-Asian person wanting to know how someone with a different cultural life experience views the book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura Hill

    Thank you to Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on September 29th, 2020. A modern day Charlotte’s Web (minus the spider)! Saucy is a tiny (though not for long), almost-dead, in-desperate-need-of-rescue piglet found by the side of the road. Her rescuer? Becca — a quadruplet who feels much less interesting than her three more focused brothers (Jammer, a hockey star; KC, a physi Thank you to Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on September 29th, 2020. A modern day Charlotte’s Web (minus the spider)! Saucy is a tiny (though not for long), almost-dead, in-desperate-need-of-rescue piglet found by the side of the road. Her rescuer? Becca — a quadruplet who feels much less interesting than her three more focused brothers (Jammer, a hockey star; KC, a physics nerd; and Bailey, a sensitive, wheelchair whiz due to his Cerebral Palsy). But once Becca gets into the fascinating world of Pig Activism, she really comes into her own. Some great messages about growing up!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emilee (emileereadsbooks)

    Thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing for a free digital copy for my review. What a fun middle grade novel about Becca (who is a quadruplet) rescuing a tiny sick pig she finds on her family’s nightly walk. All her brothers have their own thing, and being a pig owner becomes hers. But the pig, who she names Saucy to match it’s personality, maybe more than Becca bargained for. Saucy not only has an attitude, but is growing very fast and is quite a destructive creature. Be Thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing for a free digital copy for my review. What a fun middle grade novel about Becca (who is a quadruplet) rescuing a tiny sick pig she finds on her family’s nightly walk. All her brothers have their own thing, and being a pig owner becomes hers. But the pig, who she names Saucy to match it’s personality, maybe more than Becca bargained for. Saucy not only has an attitude, but is growing very fast and is quite a destructive creature. Becca has to learn to do what is best even when it’s not easy, and that lesson just keeps getting reinforced. I loved the lessons that Becca and her brothers learn and how this family sticks together.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chattynatty Van Waning

    Thank you SimonKids for this delightful book to read and review. Becca is just plain. She’s not like her three brothers ( they are quadruplets). Jammer is hockey playing stud. Bailey has cerebral palsy and rides around in motorized wheelchair. KC is a bigger thinker. He has a theory that humans are part of a simulation run by aliens. Becca is just Becca. Until the day she finds Saucy - abandoned piglet. Saucy is her’s and this story is their story. I was reminded of another famous pig story read Thank you SimonKids for this delightful book to read and review. Becca is just plain. She’s not like her three brothers ( they are quadruplets). Jammer is hockey playing stud. Bailey has cerebral palsy and rides around in motorized wheelchair. KC is a bigger thinker. He has a theory that humans are part of a simulation run by aliens. Becca is just Becca. Until the day she finds Saucy - abandoned piglet. Saucy is her’s and this story is their story. I was reminded of another famous pig story reading this one- Charlotte’s Web. Great story for middle grade.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lizabeth

    Quick, tender book by Newbery Award winning author Cynthia Kadohata. Wonderful young voice as the main character. The audiobook was narrated wonderfully and easy to listen to. Themes include familial relations and dynamics, animal welfare, care and concern for others, friendship and more. Great book for middle readers to explore more complicated social themes and emotions.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alexa Hamilton

    Becca is one of a set of quadruplets, she is the one still trying to find her way. When they find a pig on the side of the road, she finds her new thing—Becca, pig raiser. It’s interesting to read this in the chapter snippets as it develops. There’s a plot line about factory farming pigs that develops that I appreciate even if it seems a bit far fetched in the way they figure it out and what they do. Loved the pig sanctuary, that was fun.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    I won this book from Goodreads First Reads. This is a cute book for children. I really like the fact that the kids have their own thing but in the end do something together. My neighbors daughter who is 12 loved it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Writing style was weird and story totally unrealistic... even for a kids book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Agata Rozpedek

    Very funny, a bit sad and very very real.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    A fun read. Wonderful character in Becca, a young girl who stays strong in the face of uncertainty and the unknown.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lina AN

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  20. 4 out of 5

    Beth Menendez

  21. 5 out of 5

    Oliver Harris

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  23. 5 out of 5

    ElizzyLibrary

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie Molinaro

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lori

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Webb

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pam Page

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gillian B.

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