by Vicki Grant

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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554696901
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2006
Series: Orca Currents Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 305,969
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Vicki Grant left her career in advertising and television to write her first novel, The Puppet Wrangler, in 2004. She enjoys writing for young adults, with a particular interest in reluctant readers. Vicki's books have gone on to win many awards, including the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award in 2006. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband and three children.

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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.

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Pigboy 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dan Hogg is upset when he learns that his regular teacher is too ill to accompany the class on their field trip to a pig farm. The class goes anyway, with a supply teacher, and is in for quite a surprise when Mr van Wart doesn't appear to be too interested in them and isn't very welcoming at all. Later, Dan Hogg, the class victim of bullies everywhere ends up saving the day. A reluctant reader would probably like this book a lot. Silver Birch
FosterYA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent choice for reluctant readers, or readers who read at a few grade levels below their actual grade. Recommended for readers ages 12-16? I am not sure who the target audience of YA Hi-Lo books is, but this is a great choice for anyone looking for a title in this genre.
Liiviia.Choo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Pigboy" is another one of those bullying scenarios/book. Even though the plot/storyline was predictable, the details and the what the boy did was different. To be honest, before i read the book, i had another thought of what it was going to be about but my prediction turned out to be totally different. I would also recommand this book because it isn't a "love story" but one that makes you anxious and wonder what the boy might do next.
mmillet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Short, light story about an unlucky boy who everyone hates (including himself). That is until one day his class takes a field trip to a farm and things get way out of hand. Dan - that would be pigboy to you - shows his true colors and learns a little about himself and others in the process.
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This has too be my favorie book becuse its soo good i coulnt stop reading it
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Dan Hogg is the kid that everyone teases and insults....his name just begs for it, and besides that, he wears glasses and has weird hair. He really dreads the upcoming class field trip to a farm that raises pigs -- this should be an especially bad day for Dan, and the day does start out with the class bully making life miserable for him.

A career criminal has knocked the farm owner out, and locked him in a shed in order to rob him, but when the bus load of 8th-graders show up, it really messes up his plans. He's not quite sure what to do with them, but his boss says to get rid of them all.

At first the kids and the teacher believe the robber is the farmer that they have come to see, but gradually realize that he is not, and that they have much to fear. Dan is determined to outwit the crook and save his classmates from the sure death that the man is planning for them.

The story is narrated by Dan, the class nerd, himself. It's an exciting, funny adventure, with the tension building to a very satisfying finish. This award-winning author has a great sense of humor, and will have you laughing at Dan, and with him, as he outsmarts the bumbling robber and rescues his classmates in a short, quick read that will appeal to reluctant readers.