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A Day No Pigs Would Die

by Robert Newton Peck

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The themes were classic and touching, but I had a hard time getting into the "grossness" of it (farm stuff). Blood, pigs, county fairs, vomit, you know. Yuck. But I can see that it would really reach some of my kids who could relate to those aspects of life that a former city girl like me can't handle. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
So. Depressing. ( )
  brleach | Jan 26, 2015 |
This book annoyed me. The boy seems very slow for his age. Also there was misinformation about Shakers in the book. Finally it just seemed boring. Definitely not a book I enjoyed. ( )
  KamGeb | Jan 17, 2015 |
Found this at my local library on display with some other historical fiction books. Although it is intended for a juvenile audience I thought I would give it a go. Glad I did. It's funny in places and sad in others and you can't help but fall in love with the adorable 12 year old Rob. Quick easy read that took me away from the more "heavier" adult reading and let me just relax into a coming of age story. The only thing keeping it from a 5 star for me was it was a bit graphic in some places (animals mating, slaughtering of farm animals) and for the age group it is written for I thought those areas were a bit much. ( )
  justablondemoment | Aug 14, 2014 |
I read this one out loud with Scot. It was a really good story, but very sad! Spoiler alert: there actually is a day when pigs will die! I asked Scot what he thought about the book and he said he really liked it too. There is a surprisingly detailed account of the farmers trying to get two pigs to mate...I have to admit I skipped a few sentences of it here and there, but we got the idea. :) Overall, this was a worthwhile read that we enjoyed! ( )
  CharlaOppenlander | Apr 4, 2014 |
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To my father, Haven Peck... a quiet and gentle man whose work was killing pigs
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I should of been in school that April day.
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Originally published in hardcover in 1972, A Day No Pigs Would Die was one of the first young adult books, along with titles like The Outsiders and The Chocolate War. In it, author Robert Newton Peck weaves a story of
a Vermont boyhood that is part fiction, part memoir. The result is a moving coming-of-age story that still resonates with teens today.

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To a thirteen-year-old Vermont farm boy whose father slaughters pigs for a living, maturity comes early as he learns "doing what's got to be done," especially regarding his pet pig who cannot produce a litter.

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