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$17.99  $16.73
Atheneum Books
Publish Date
5.6 X 7.9 X 1.1 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Cynthia Kadohata is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning book Kira-Kira, the National Book Award winner The Thing About Luck, the Jane Addams Peace Award and PEN America Award winner Weedflower, Cracker!, Outside Beauty, A Million Shades of Gray, Half a World Away, Checked, A Place to Belong, Saucy, and several critically acclaimed adult novels, including The Floating World. She lives with her dogs and hockey-playing son in California. Visit her online at

Marianna Raskin has always been fond of pigs and especially loves drawing them, so she obviously couldn't resist Saucy! When she's not illustrating naughty piglets, Marianna illustrates other books, like Florian's Secret by Chava Nissimov, and works as an acclaimed animator in Israel. See more of her work at


"A lively, heartwarming family story."--Kirkus, starred review
*"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 review
"Fresh and funny... [B]eautifully encapsulate lessons in friendship, love, and the joy of family."--Booklist
"This book will appeal to anyone who thinks baby pigs are adorable. Teachers and school librarians will want to add this title to their collections."--School Library Connection "November-December 2020"
"Funny, lively story"--Horn Book Magazine "January/February 2021"
"Becca and Saucy are the entertaining, delightful heart of this story. Kadohata realistically portrays Becca's growth and her journey to loving herself and Saucy"--Publishers Weekly *STARRED* "November 16, 2020"
"Saucy is a tender and sweet middle grade novel with a heavy dash of slapstick comedy sure to give it strong appeal for younger middle grade readers."--BookPage "October 10, 2020"
"Raskin's illustrations provide images of familial love and pig appeal that animal lovers will enjoy."--BCCB "October 1, 2020"