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Pigboy

by (author) Vicki Grant

Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2006
Category
General, Law & Crime, Humorous Stories
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781551436661
    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
    List Price
    $16.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554696901
    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
    List Price
    $8.99
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781459819917
    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
    List Price
    $19.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781459827516
    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
    List Price
    $10.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12

Description

Dan is not sure he'll survive the boring field trip to a remote heritage farm. How could a place with no running water, telephone or electricity be anything but dull? The farmer knows nothing about farming and is angry about having to conduct the tour. And what's with his tattoo? The teacher requests a private word with the farmer and then mysteriously disappears. After a messy attack of allergies, Dan is excused to find a tissue. He sneaks back to the school bus and discovers the driver and teacher have been bound and gagged. The farmer is really an escaped convict with nasty plans. Will Dan be able to find help in time?
Also available in French.

About the author

VICKI GRANT left her career in advertising and television to write her first novel, The Puppet Wrangler, in 2004. She has written many books for young readers, including Not Suitable For Family Viewing, winner of the Red Maple Award, Quid Pro Quo, winner of the Author Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Fiction, Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret, Pig Boy and B Negative. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Web: vickigrant.com

Twitter: @VickiGrantYA

Instagram: @vicki_grantya

 

Vicki Grant's profile page

Awards

  • Short-listed, Beehive Award nominee
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
  • Short-listed, YALSA Quick Picks

Excerpt: Pigboy (by (author) Vicki Grant)

Clearly, any field trip involving manure is not right for a bunch of fourteen-year-olds.
But manure wasn't even the worst part of the stupid field trip.
The worst part was that the farmer grows pigs. And pigs are also called hogs. And there's this poor guy in our class called Dan Hogg who everybody hated.
I don't know why exactly. Maybe it was his hair. Or his teeth. Or his glasses. Or the fact that he answered Mr. Benvie's questions as if he might actually have a brain. Usually he just tried to sort of disappear, but it never worked. Idiots like Shane Coolen or Tyler March wouldn't take their eyes off him. They wouldn't shut up about him. They wouldn't quit laughing at him.

Editorial Reviews

“Grant hits the nail on the head when she brings both mucous and underwear into the story line…Grant writes a compelling story with lots of suspense, but it's the journey to Dan’s personal redemption that is most enjoyable to read…Highly recommended.”

CM Magazine

"Middle school readers will appreciate this adventure."

VOYA

"Dan's wry sense of humor catches readers' attention and has them rooting for him practically from the first page. Pigboy is a great quick read for boys who may be reluctant readers, but others will enjoy it as well."

School Library Journal

"It would suit high interest low vocabulary readers with its brevity and reading level, but the high action and excellent writing, not to mention the likable main character, would make it a good choice for any reader."

Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books

“This quick read is perfect for reluctant readers, especially boys. In a story of bravery and redemption, Grant moves quickly to first establish Dan’s post on the lowest rung of the social ladder, and then chronicles his eventual rise to the top.”

KLIATT

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