Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Book - 2014
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"They say I'm wired bad, or wired sad, but there's no doubt about it--I'm wired."

Joey Pigza's got heart, he's got a mom who loves him, and he's got "dud meds," which is what he calls the Ritalin pills that are supposed to even out his wild mood swings. Sometimes Joey makes bad choices. He learns the hard way that he shouldn't stick his finger in the pencil sharpener, or swallow his house key, or run with scissors. Joey ends up bouncing around a lot - and eventually he bounces himself all the way downtown, into the district special-ed program, which could be the end of theline. As Joey knows, if he keeps making bad choices, he could just fall between the cracks for good. But he is determined not to let that happen.

In this antic yet poignant new novel, Jack Gantos has perfect pitch in capturing the humor, the off-the-wall intensity, and the serious challenges that life presents to a kid dealing with hyper-activity and related disorders. This title has Common Core connections.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is a 1998 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.

Publisher: New York : Square Fish/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014, c1998
Edition: 2nd Square Fish ed
ISBN: 9781250061683
Branch Call Number: J Pbk GAN
Characteristics: 153 p. ; 20 cm


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vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Joey is an energetic and imaginative third-grader who must take medication to keep his ADHD under control. He sometimes learns the hard way that it is not wise to stick his finger in a pencil sharpener or swallow the key to the house! Ages 6-12.

Apr 01, 2015

I love Joey Pigza! A great choice for diversity, humor, and realistic fiction readers.

LibrarianDest Jan 22, 2015

Joey Pigza is the kind of character that seems too real to be fictional. He's a sweet kid who has a very hard time staying still and following rules. His story will make you laugh, cry, and think. The audiobook (narrated by the author Jack Gantos) is fantastic.

Jul 29, 2014

A good book for anyone dealing with ADHD but tugs at your heart. Not the humorous book I was expecting

Jun 11, 2013

As a teacher who has worked with students like Joey, I found this book very enlightening.

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Jul 29, 2014

kkcox thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 16

Worthington1 Aug 21, 2013

Worthington1 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 11


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