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A day no pigs would die /

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. Full description

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Language: English
Published: Random House Sprinter Books, 1994
Edition: First Sprinter edition.
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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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Gr 7 Up-Originally published in 1972, Richard Peck's classic about hardscrabble farm life in Vermont and the too early entrance into adulthood for nearly 13-year-old Rob is still relevant today. Matters of life and death are treated in a straightforward manner, and the values shared in the story still ring true. Narrator Lincoln Hoppe gets it just right, from the pure joy of Rob receiving his piglet Pinky as a reward for a neighborly good deed to the heart-wrenching climax. There is a graphic scene involving the mating of Pinky to a neighbor's boar that could be upsetting to younger children. However, every young adult should be familiar with this poignant, powerful story.-Ann Brownson, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Robert Newton Peck was born in Vermont on February 17, 1928. During World War II, he served as a machine-gunner in the U.S. Army 88th Infantry Division between 1945 and 1947. He received a B.A. degree from Rollins College in 1953 and studied law at Cornell University. He worked as a lumberjack, in a papermill, killing hogs, and as an advertising executive before the publication of his first book, A Day No Pigs Would Die, in 1972. It was named an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults in 1973. His other works include Soup and Me, Soup on Ice, Cowboy Ghost, Horse Thief, and Bro.

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