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Orca Book Publishers, Sep 1, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 128 pages
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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?

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pigboy was a really nice book there were los of funny parts and parts where you just wanted to know what was going to happe next. if I had a coice i would read this book over and over again.I think that this book really dose deserve five stars ! great job Vicki Grant.

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I use this book over and over with my reading students. It's funny, suspenseful and believable, with great imagery, and it lends itself well to drawing and discussion. The language is simple, but it is not used in a simplistic or patronizing way. Dan Hogg is a nerdy kid with few friends who undergoes a heroic, sometimes hilarious, and ultimately stunning transformation.  

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About the author (2006)

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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