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A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
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Apr 23, 12

bookshelves: young-adult
Read in April, 2012

My 1972 edition states that over 1.5 million copies were sold. The American Library Association lists this on the top 100 banned/challenged books. In the 1990's, it was #16 on the list of books that people demanded to be removed from libraries.

Oh, my! Perhaps those who oppose the book might want to dust off their pearls. This is a unique, special, honest, real-to-life tale of a 12 year old young man who hails from a plain, simple Shaker family. Living a no-frills life, they own very little. When Rob rescues an adult cow who is having a very difficult birth of her calf, the owner rewards him with a baby piglet. It is the first thing Rob has ever owned.

This is a story of the relationship of Rob and his pet pig and of his endearing bond with his father and his family. Rob suddenly becomes more mature when he learns that his father is dying and that very difficult decisions much be made.

Highly recommended. This is what well-written YA books are all about -- life, reality, difficulty, joy, sadness, humor and relationships.

Highly Recommended
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Jennifer Great review Linda! So glad you liked it.


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