“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,”. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key. by Jack Gantos. “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. Authentic-sounding first-person narration by a hyperactive boy gives readers an inside view of attention-deficit disorders. Joey Pigza is a wired-up mess, and he.

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It was published about twenty years ago, but I’m discovering it for the first time. With all this said i would give this book a four because; there where parts that where very swallowd but i really enjoyed this book. Then he started doing worse things at school.

Jul 20, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: The story is sad yet hysterical at the same time. See all reviews. No one takes the time to explain to Joey that he isn’t being punished, so he thinks that he’s a bad kid that needs to be sent away.

Pigaz was just a push for the child to constantly be medicated and the abusive homelif Joey has the problem of always being high stung and he can’t seem to get himself to concentrate on anything. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. An abusive relative, out-of-control school behavior, his mom’s struggles–all unwind in a non-stop fashion that makes us realize how a child copes with issues like these–by just bouncing on, around, through or over them, on and on.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

He gets taken out of his school and brought to a new swwllowed. Lately, his attention disorder has been manifesting in ways where people get hurt and Joey must now go to a special school to swallpwed out how he can improve. Through reading, I could feel Joey’s frustration with just trying to get through a Joey Pigza is a quirky boy with ADHD and causes all sort of ruckus in the classroom without even trying.


The story was very well written.

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Stay up to date on new reviews. My daughter brought this book home from school today as all of the students in her group are reading it as part of their middle school transition program. There is hope for Joey, as there is hope for all kids with any kind of disability. Like when the main character, a boy with ADHD accidentally cuts off a girl’s nose with scissors. This story swalloewd into the mind and homelife history of a boy with attention and hyperactivity issues. At school, Joey is disruptive, disobedient, fidgety, and all over the spectrum of highs and lows.

It is one of the coping strategies Joey has developed.

In conclusion, the Joey Pigza books aren’t for young kids. I thought this was a good book because; im going to need as thhe backgound on students with special needs because; I want to be a special ed. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Consider how Gantos describes a hyperactive Joey literally bouncing off the walls of the school hallway at the beginning of the story p.

Dec 03, Nick rated it did not like it Shelves: AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Joey’s life gets crazier and crazier until his father runs away again.

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View all 6 comments. I can see why some might not like this book. Gantos continued writing children’s books and began teaching courses in children’s book writing. swalllowed


Probably my favourite thing about the book was the way the sentence structure reflected the hyperactivity with long run-on sentences being yhe. At the end of reading this novel, I certainly felt a bit tired, as if entrusted to watch Joey Pigza, yet happy for this wonderful child, who is a good kid after all despite what he has been led to feel. In my opinion, these three pages really took the story to a whole new level, allowing me to have even more compassion and empathy for Joey.

And his dad has even worse ADHD. My son chose this for his middle school summer reading there were 2 other choices.

I wept for Joey when he wasn’t allowed to have the same treats as the other kids in his class and felt all buzzy for him when he ate the whole pie. I am very double minded about this book. After cutting a girl’s nose off, Joey is sent to a special education school and given different medications until, finally, he calms down and is able to settle himself enough to go back to his swalllowed school. Talk to your kids about Joey Pigza 5 books.

There are kind, helpful adults who reach out to connect with and help Joey. I highly recommend this book. The plot was easy to follow and even though it showed many different pogza it was easy to understand and really gave the reader a better understanding of Joey.

If they are misbehaving, take some pills. Mar 21, Ann rated it iey not like it Shelves: