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Banned Book Review: A Day No Pigs Would Die

November 7, 2005

17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck

Reason: descriptions of two pigs mating, a pig being slaughtered, and a cow giving birth.

It is highly unlikely that this book would ever be banned in a truly rural area.  The story follows a boy growing up in a shaker family and the life lessons he learns while raising his own pig.  His father butchers pigs for a living and the descriptions of mating the pig as well as the descriptions of his father at his work can be difficult to read.  But the descriptions do an excellent job of conveying the horror the young boy feels at watching these events.  The rest of the plot is a little slow, but the process of maturing from child to adult can often seem slow from the perspective of the child.  Make no mistake.  This is a coming-of-age-story.  And that is a painful process.  It is also funny, joyful, sad, and wonderful.  Often recommended for upper level high school reading lists.

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