“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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Joey is an astute 5th grader, but he is still a 5th grader and so sometimes there are just things he doesn’t understand, unlike other children’s books where the children appear to be nothing short of clairvoyant.

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 swsllowed has been led to feel. After several incidents at school lead him to being threatened with a special education school, is it possible that he can learn to calm down without leaving?

Jan 09, sarah gilbert rated it really liked it Shelves: Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

Write a customer review. What sensitive insight into a child struggling with ADHD or an impulse control disorder! There he is tested and evaluated, his medicine is adjusted from pills to patch, and Joey calms down enough swalloded go back to regular school. His dad is absent. Quotes from Joey Pigza Swallo My daughter who is 13 chose not to read it. There are so few books that feature kids with ADHD that it is hard to find a kindred spirit.

Koey used to weave spider webs with twine when his grandma was there, but once his mom came back, he wasn’t allowed to do it any more.

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Joey ends up bouncing around a lot – and eventually he bounces himself all the way downtown, into the district special-ed program, which could be the end of the line. Gantos continued writing children’s books and began teaching courses in children’s book writing. We’ve all known kids like Joey in our classrooms–a common comment at conferences is bound to be “He’s such a good kid inside! I want my students to have an understanding for differences in individuals and be able to accept each individual for who there are.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Joey Pigza, #1) by Jack Gantos

Gantos began collecting anecdotes in grade school and later gathered them into stories. Adult Written by lauriklark November 16, The main character is routinely threatened with being sent to the basement or downtown.

The trips through Joey’s head, and seeing his continual accidents from his innocent eyes, was also illuminating and heartening. He describes himself as being “wired bad. He gets drunk people to pay to shoot paintballs at his son, and Joey is wearing a t-shirt and shorts so it hurts a lot.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos – review

There is also no heart to the story, no one to root for, just a cast of characters who are all, to some extent, ugly on the inside, including mom, grandma, the teachers. Trivia About Joey Pigza Swallo Second, why do we always justify these misbehaviour to ab I don’t think this book has fairly depicted the trials and tribulations of a student like Joey.

Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. Once there they hung out at the Chelsea hotel and Gantos carried on dreaming about college. 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 tye with hyper-activity and related disorders.


He felt Joey swalloweed become the “poster child” for kids with ADHD and everyone would assume his actions are the standard. Jun 08, Henry rated it it was amazing. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential. Open Preview See a Problem?

He can’t pay attention, he can’t follow the swaloowed, and he can’t help it — especially when his meds aren’t working. Enough of my soapbox He makes all of them change their names before the mother and father have a renewal of the vows ceremony.

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I ended up getting the entire series! Joey whirls through life like the Tasmanian Devil, his body’s uncontrollable impulses running far ahead of his ability to control them. 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 old school.

Square Fish; Reissue edition July 1, Language: I also would have liked to hear more about his experiences with lessons in school. Do you ever feel like he does? Throughout the story the reader sees different perspectives of Joey and people in his life describe the way they see him. Stay up to date on new reviews. These kids are not bad.

When he mother comes back for him Joey has extremely mixed feelings, finally loving her as if she had never been gone. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 38 3 Lower on November 11, I really enjoyed reading this book. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.