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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

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Author: 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 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 downtown, 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.

Publisher: Square Fish
Published: 07/01/2014
Pages: 176
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.27lbs
Size: 7.60h x 5.20w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9781250061683
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.9
Point Value: 5
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 29525 / Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

About the Author
Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors; the Joey Pigza series, which include a Newbery Honor book and a National Book Award Finalist; Dead End in Norvelt, winner of the Newbery Medal and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction; and the Rotten Ralph series.