DescriptionPig Park Teacher's Guide
Masi’s barrio is wasting away. An entrepreneur comes to the rescue. But why? And his son has nice soft lips.
It's crazy! Fifteen-year-old Masi Burciaga's neighborhood is becoming more and more of a ghost town since the lard company moved away. Her school closed down. Her family's bakery and the other surviving businesses may soon follow. As a last resort, the neighborhood grown-ups enlist all the remaining able-bodied boys and girls to haul bricks to help build a giant pyramid in the park in hopes of luring visitors. Maybe their neighbors will come back too. But something's not right about the entrepreneur behind it all. Then there's the new boy who came to help, the one with the softest of lips.
Claudia talks about racial identity and the real-life Chicago neighborhood that inspired the setting for Pig Park in her essay for Latinxs in Kid Lit: I wrote Pig Park recognizing that the world my children will be a part of isnÍt exactly one thing, and that this is the type of world many kids are increasingly growing up in.