Hang On Jack: One Pig's Tale
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“Hang on Jack” is the story of a problem-plagued, slacker teen who finds a new friend in Newton, a genius pig. Newton goes to Jack’s new middle school as his seeing-eye pig. Together, they conquer high school classes, make a splash in the teen social scene, defuse racial tensions on campus, and dig their family out of despair. Newton starts catching criminals and becomes a local hero. More
In "Hang On Jack: One Pig's Tale", Jack Caruthers is a challenged Los Angeles teen that seems destined to flounder or fail. Jack is sent to live with his grandparents in rural Missouri. Jack, a city kid, does not take to farm life until he becomes best friends with Newton, a miniature potbelly with a huge I.Q. Newton also has an overwhelming desire to get an education. He wants some respect from others, and a ticket out of the barnyard. On the first day at his new school, Jack hustles Newton to class as his seeing-eye pig. Jack gets away with this outrageous gag, and Newton becomes Jack’s constant companion on campus.
Jack and Newton learn the hard way that success comes from working together. A veterinarian implants an experimental voice-box in Newton, giving him the gift of speech. Newton can now explain differential equations to Jack, but even a genius pig cannot explain away Jack’s girl troubles. There are also increasing tensions on campus between some of the white students and the growing Mexican population. These conflicts get personal for Jack. Maria, a Hispanic teen, who is Jack’s close friend and emerging girlfriend, accuses Jack of insulting her heritage and gives him the cold shoulder. Newton overhears plans for white students to provoke Hispanic students into a rigged knife fight. Newton stops the fight using stealth and makes sure the troublemakers get what they deserve. School administrators ask Newton to go undercover to bust a campus drug ring. Newton’s cover is blown and the gang pignaps Newton, taking him to a nearby Indian reservation. In a race against time, Newton turns the tables on his captors. Newton frees himself before Jack and other rescuers can find him with the help of a clairvoyant young girl.
The next school year, Newton and Jack part ways. Newton leaves town to further his education. Jack has to go back to school without his best friend, but with a whole new life he has created for himself.