Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

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Joey Pigza can't sit still. He can't pay attention, he can't follow the rules, and he can't help it-especially when his meds aren't working. Joey's had problems ever since he was born, problems just like his dad and grandma have. And whether he's wreaking havoc on a class trip or swallowing his house key, Joey's problems are getting worse. In fact, his behavior is so off the wall that his teachers are threatening to send him to the special-ed center downtown.
Joey knows he's really a good kid, but no matter how hard he tries to do the right thing, something always seems to go wrong. Will he ever get anything right?
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • CD-Audio | 3 pages
  • 129.54 x 147.32 x 15.24mm | 113.4g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 073938113X
  • 9780739381137
  • 2,280,244

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2 hours 58 minutes, 2 cassettes
Joey Pigza is wired just like his dad and his grandma. Unfortunately, thet "wiring" often makes him feel as if he's about to explode. His prescription meds never seem to last long enough to get him through lunch, and soon he's got himself neck-deep in a big mess. The problem is, he usually can't figure out how he's gotten there.
If only Joey could learn to make better decisions, then maybe his good intentions wouldn't end up hurting so many people. Is there hope for him with some new meds and Special Ed?
This story goes a long way toward understanding children with ADHD and explores one very loveable child's search for help.
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Review quote

" In this rollercoaster of a ride, ingenuously and breathlessly narrated by Joey himself, readers are treated to an up-close and personal introduction to life with attention deficit disorder." --"The Horn Book"
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About Jack Gantos

Jack Gantos is also the author of "Jack on the Tracks" and the other adventures in the Jack Henry quintet, as well as the many popular picture books in the Rotten Ralph series. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Look for the entire Joey Pigza series as well as "The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs" and "Hole in My Life" on audio from Listening Library.
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13,766 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
5 30% (4,183)
4 31% (4,316)
3 25% (3,453)
2 9% (1,188)
1 5% (626)
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