Raised on a Shaker farm in the Vermont countryside, 12-year-old Robert Peck has spent his life taking care of animals. But he has never had an animal of his own until the day a neighbor gives him a gift: a tiny, perfect piglet. Robert names her Pinky and loves her more than anything in the world. Pigs die all the time on the Peck farm, where Robert's father makes his living as a butcher. But Pinky is more than just a pig; she is Robert's best friend. With winter coming and money growing scarce, Robert knows the family cannot afford to keep Pinky-and that he must find a way to save her. Based on Robert Newton Peck's own childhood, A Day No Pigs Would Die is the timeless story of one Shaker boy, his beloved pet pig, and the joys and hardships that mark his passage into manhood. Year after year, young adults are captivated by the gentle power and poignant drama of this contemporary classic.