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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.
"Reading this book is like sipping hot cider in front of a crackling potbellied stove. Every page is suffused with wit and charm and glowing with warmth." (Newsweek)
"A lovely book. . . . Honest, moving, homely in the warm and simple sense of the word. . . . It is small, accepting and loving and it succeeds perfectly." (Boston Globe)
"You'll find yourself caught up in the novel's emotion from the very opening scene. . . . Love suffuses every page." (The New York Times)
©2010 Robert Newton Peck; (P)2010 Listening Library

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  • tracy
  • thatcher, AZ, United States
  • 08-18-12

The Reality of Life as Learned on a Farm

Would you listen to A Day No Pigs Would Die again? Why?

Yes - there are a lot of themes addressed that can not be understood in one reading

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the reality of the situations that the boy had to face and the strong manner in which he did so.

Any additional comments?

This book is written in an easy manner that a child can follow, but the subject matter, while written about a young boy on a farm, is deep. The main character, Robert, takes the reader on a journey to manhood through his experiences on his farm. There are times when he shows more strength and understanding than the grown men around him. He learns of the realities of life and death, the joys the small things in life, the love of family, the strength to do what is necessary for the greater good, and many more interesting and sometimes difficult to listen to experiences. Life on a farm does show in beautiful, and sometimes brutal ways the realities of life. I suppose that is why some of the hardest workers I have ever met were raised on a farm, milking a cow every morning and night. In some ways this book reminds me of "All Creatures Great And Small" only not humorous and focusing more on the meaning of life.

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This book was as AWESOME !!!!

Took me back 35 years to the 1st time i read it.
thank you very much...

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  • Puerto rico
  • 04-03-15

I loved A Day No Pigs Would Die

A Day No Pigs Would Die, was a great book. that has many morals and values in it. A splendid book to read.