Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
"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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - joeydag - LibraryThing
Joey is such an interesting character. ADHD with a crazy family. I loved reading this story. "Can I get back to you on that?" is Joey's favorite response to questions and I can imagine that would drive everyone crazy! Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nsnide1 - LibraryThing
I enjoyed reading this book because of the figurative language that is used. For example, when Joey "accidentally" sharpens his finger nail, the author writes in such a away that you can imagine Joey ... Read full review