“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 has ADHD and can’t control his actions most of the time and it doesn’t help that he had been left with his mentally abusive grandmother while his mother was off drinking. He was released from prison, entered college, and soon began his writing career. I did not find this book humorous, but swqllowed an important cry for help for those children with ADHD.

Joey grows by not only finding out what’s “messed up” about himself, but by discovering what is wrong with and what isn’t wrong with other kids, both those whose disabilities are visible and those whose aren’t. Though much of the story is realistic, in the end the solutions come a bit too easily. This article about a children’s novel of the s is a stub.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Here is my blackboard post on Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, the first part of a three-part series that I need to read after this semester. Joey is now called Freddy Heinz. Pigzza how Gantos describes a hyperactive Joey literally bouncing off the walls of the school hallway at the beginning of the story p.

There was just a push for the child to constantly be medicated and the abusive homelife is hardly addressed in therapy.

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Second, why do we always justify these misbehaviour to ab I don’t think this book has fairly depicted the trials kej tribulations of a student like Joey. Croix he met a drug smuggler and was offered a chance to make 10 dollars by sailing to New York with 2, pounds of hash. This summer I was a “reading buddy” to a 7th grader who introduced me to this book. I really like how this book is pigzs from Joey’s perspective.


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The resolution is believable and shows that Joey can find the help he needs and be happy doing so. I knew from the beginning that Joey had a big, kind heart, and I was so glad when one of the mom’s told him so. He’s being raised by his grandmother. As a teacher I would place this book in my classroom to let students see how others aren’t different than themselves, students with disabilities included.

A must-read for middle-schoolers to discuss. Jack Gantos not only gives insight into how Joey feels inside, but how he regards other kids from the outside. The mind is a wondrous organ and his ADHD gets the best of him sometimes.

I would recommend this book for grades Meyer criticized that Joey never takes pride in his disability but instead is able to find self-acceptance only because of his intelligence. Joey Pigza Book 1 Paperback: Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young pifza and adults.

He was offended by Joey! But must it always be the parents’ fault? Get it now on Searching for streaming and purchasing options The book came in great condition, I love reading this to my 5th graders to start the school year.

He developed the master’s degree program in children’s book writing at Emerson College in Boston. As seen in the above descriptions, Gantos uses the dual setting of school and home to show ADHD in an entire new light, resulting in a much different and heartbreaking story than I expected.

I have worked with students with this disability who shared many similar problems with their medication, family life, and teachers who were unable to handle their behavior issues. While in college, Jack began working on picture books with an illustrator friend. Oct 02, Chris Maynard rated it really liked it Shelves: I can see why some might not like this book.


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Dead End in Norvelt Norvelt Series. Nov 25, Jessie rated it liked it. At school, Pigza puts his finger in a pencil sharpener, runs around with scissors, and cuts the tip of a girl’s nose off.

Gantos continued writing children’s books and josy teaching courses in children’s book writing. Hopefully waiting at the front window for his mom, day after day, his grandmother would tease, “See, I just saw her walk by swllowed she saw that you were not sitting still and she just kept on walking ’cause your mom does not want to come home to a bad boy. This review is based on his reaction, coupled with mine.

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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. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Maxy, his teacher, spends much of the class’s school day trying to reel Joey in. View all 5 comments.

Language issue not shown in the initial review. The plot was easy to follow and even though it showed many d Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is swallower a very energetic boy who just cannot seem to sit still.

Nov 05, Bp rated it it was ok. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. While it is easy to feel frustrated reading about how his teacher, principal, and classmates have to deal with pigaz impulsivity, I couldn’t help but feel compassion for Joey.

When I was Joey’s age, kids with these challenges weren’t allowed to stay in a “regular” school, if they even got there to begin with. Thee by Jack Gantos. When my PTA gave me money to spend on my classroom, I decided to buy the entire series of Joey books.