"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 downown, into the district special-ed program, which could be the end of the line. 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.
In a starred review, PW called this National Book Award finalist "an accurate, compassionate and humorous appraisal of a boy with attention-deficit disorder." Ages 10-up.
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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key was one of the most amazing books I've ever read. Jack Gantos made the book seem sad yet in a way that made the book 1,000,000,000,000,000 times mkre interesting! When I first started reading this book, I thought it would be boring book about a kid swallowing a key and other stories, I soon found out that it was a sad yet SO interesting book. Good job Jack Gantos.