Thursday, January 28, 2010

Book Giveaway - The Pigpen by Kevin Krogh

Fourteen-year-old Curtis Horner and his father, sister, and grandmother move during the summer of 1966 from the city to a small valley in northern Utah. They rent a house next to a dairy farm owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Pedersen and their several children. Adjusting to his new rural environment proves to be more than Curtis expected as he quickly makes new friends—and enemies. Curtis and his father’s pigpen project sparks a series of extraordinary events that teach young Curtis far more about himself and about life than he bargained for.
Curtis was just about to ask how it was Lloyd knew so much about Evelyn’s folks when Mr. Giles’s voice interrupted their conversation.
“You kids get to the back now,” he called out as the tractor reached the point where the road began its quick descent, and he shifted down a gear. The small jolt that resulted from the pin shifting an inch from the front to the back of the hole in the hitch combined with Eric’s foot—or both feet—pushing against the front bale as he scampered to the back to send that same bale—the one on which Ellen was kneeling as she turned at Mr. Giles’s command—tumbling off the front of the load. Bryce had at that moment reached for her hand to help her, but touched only her outstretched fingers as she followed the bale, plunging backward onto and then over the left rear wheel of the tractor. The corner of the bale struck Mr. Giles, and his foot slipped off the brake. By the time he’d recovered and found it again, the tractor had rolled down the hill another two or three yards. The front wheels of the wagon (this wagon had two axels) were now over the edge of the hill. The sudden jolting stop sent nine or ten more bales off the front.
Curtis and Lloyd had seen it all from the back of the load. Seconds after Ellen disappeared over the front of the wheel, they both jumped off the straw, hitting the ground in unison. Curtis was first to see the results. Ellen was wedged between the tractor’s large rear wheel and the dirt road. Mr. Giles was pushing the brake with his right foot and the clutch with his left with all his strength. His hat had been knocked off and he was shaking. His leathered face was pale as paste, and his eyes were full of fear.
Win your autographed copy of The Pigpen by Kevin Krogh
Must be a follower of the blog to enter.
1 entry for sharing your thoughts on pigs (I personally can't handle the smell, but my boys adore our neighbor's pigs so we visit more often than I would like)
2 entries for sharing the current giveaway on Twitter or Facebook (please provide a link)
4 entries for posting about the current giveaway or the month-long contest on your personal blog or putting it on your sidebar. If you post about the overall contest, please let me know which book you'd like your extra entries put towards. (please provide a link)
Please include an e-mail address or other contact info.
Contest closes February 12th.
Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
Tomorrow I'll be giving away, All the Stars in Heaven by Michele Holmes.

20 comments:

  1. I grew up on a small farm and we had pigs.
    I miss our farm. I mostly hate all the traffic we have here.
    I think I'd like to read this book becase it will bring back all those fun memories.
    Jolynn_Reads@yahoo.com

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  2. Pigs are messy, they are noisy when they eat and they smell but I still used to like going to the barn to feed them in the pig pen. They have cute curly tails.
    The story had me intriqued and in suspense; the poor Mr. Giles.

    yourstrulee(at)sasktel(dot)net

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  3. Aw, farm animals remind me of my childhood. Though pigs were one thing we didn't have and I can't say I feel deprived. :)

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  4. My boys love chasing the piglets. I wonder how the farmer feels about that?

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  5. When I was 12, I moved from L.A. California to nowhere Oklahoma. I wasn't thrilled until my grandpa took us to the sale barn that first weekend to buy us some piglets. The new life that opened before me surrounded by farm animals quickly rooted me into a country girl at heart. Sure, they can be stinky and will eat anything that won't eat them first, but there is nothing like watching a sow birth some piglets. Little pink snouts and curl q tails = pure D cuteness!

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  8. That's cute, Cheryl. I've seen animals help children through many hard times.

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  11. I'd love to have a potbellied pig as a pet! :o)

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  12. I am a follower. And, I LOVE and ADORE pigs! They are my favorite animal. I still have my pig collection...stuffed animals, figurines, etc!! LOL. Thanks for the chance. bekki1820cb at gmail

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  13. I am a follower. I'm not real fond of pigs. However, I remember when I was little we raised a few for food purposes.

    ABreding4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  14. I don't mind pigs so much...but the one thought that comes to mind is from the local public farm. The tour guide told us the pigs didn't have names (I was with first graders at the time). He reminded us that you only name the ones you want to keep. Good advice. :-)

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/Coolestmommy/statuses/8573679821

    Thanks, Robyn
    coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

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  15. I follow, can I use that for entry or not?

    I've entered abt. 8 of the giveaways and still haven't won. So, I came back to try to get another entry. I posted this on Jolynn Ward Rood
    facebook.
    Jolynn_Reads@yahoo.com

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  16. I just became a follower of your blog.

    I don't like the smell of pigs, either, but baby pigs are just so darn cute!!

    I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

    wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I love little sweet piglets! We saw a momma pig and a whole gang of her babies fighting over nursing! It was a riot! All kinds of squealing going on! Fun!

    I am a follower

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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