by Karen Gens
Marcello Wonders, Gilly Discovers is the story of two nine-year-old piglets who live in Europe. Marcello lives in Florence, Italy with his adoptive family, and Gilly lives in Bath, England with her family. Both piglets are interested in their family history and how their families settled where they did. Marcello also wants to learn more about his birth family. The lives and adventures of the two piglets come together when they both enter an essay contest sponsored by a new magazine KidsLife. The story is about family life, friendship, geography and history in an easy, informal, and often humorous manner.