Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Google eBook)
"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. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is a 1998 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.
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Review: Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Joey Pigza #1)User Review - Michelle Allen - Goodreads
Love the way the writing make you feel anxiety as if you had ADHD as well. Read full review
Review: Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Joey Pigza #1)User Review - Helen Beesley - Goodreads
One of the best books ever, especially for kids with ADD or ADHD. Read this outloud to my class we laughed so hard, and cried and had the best discussions ever. A must read. Read full review