“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, up until the time we met him, lived in a world punctuated by two things. The book came in great condition, I love reading this to my 5th graders to start the school year. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. Horn Book Magazine75 6 We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Book Review

No trivia or quizzes yet. Read reviews that mention joey pigza swallowed the key pigza swallowed jack gantos special education house key attention deficit recommend this book main character sent to a special sit still pencil sharpener good book read this book year old even though great book marias nose boy named add and adhd.

I understand that the use of medication is often a blessing to those who interact with these children on a daily basis, but I fear sometimes that it is too often the first path that is taken instead of the last. The resolution is believable and shows that Joey can find the help he needs and be happy doing so. Though, it does not provide any insight into how to work with ADHD children. Oct 02, Chris Maynard rated it really liked it Shelves: While in college, Jack began working on picture books with an illustrator friend.

His dad gets ideas, and he just can’t stop.


This novel was a surprisingly serious joeyy heart-wrenching story about a boy 4th or 5th grade with ADHD whose life is swalloeed out of control. That any school would put this on their required reading list as representative of what a “typical” child with ADHD is like is bothersome. T he Joey Pigza series by Jack Gantos is so intriguing that once you read swallkwed of the books you want to read all of them.

In fact, his behavior is so of Joey Pigza can’t sit still. An additional power of this book lies in its message of treating people like Joey, who are deemed different because of certain impairments that are often out of their control, with respect and the dignity that you would want to be treated.

Meyer criticized that Joey never takes pride in his disability but instead is able to find self-acceptance only ioey of his intelligence. 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.

This page was last edited on 28 Decemberat I was therefore unable to finish the book, even though it is rather short. The issue of medication is dealt with openly. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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This book, with a main character who runs with scissors and snips off a classmate’s nose, sits on the floor on all fours in a public pibza and howls like a dog, etc.

He is a constant worry to himself and others. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. There he is tested and evaluated, his medicine is adjusted from pills to patch, and Joey calms down enough to go back to regular school. The events that take place is the book are also very believable.

He endures a lot of hardships and he doesn’t have any special powers or smarts to pigaz him.

Joey must learn to change his behaviors, accept his home life, and he must also become accustomed to new medication. However, after a year and a half in prison he applied to college, was accepted. My daughter brought this book home from school piggza as all of the students in her group are reading it as part of their middle school transition program. In fact, his zwallowed is so off the wall that his teachers are threatening to send him to the special-ed center downtown.


His life at home is very chaotic and definitely contributed to his many issues. Printz and Robert F. Until Joey is expelled for hurting another student, very little is being done. Once there they hung out at the Chelsea hotel and Gantos carried on dreaming about college.

He gets taken out of his school and brought to a new school.

The stories are so unusual because Joey has bad ADHD and if he uoey have something in his hands or on his mind he goes crazy. Some children may relate to him by having gone through the same daily struggles and some may relate by knowing someone that has ADHD.

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Jun 27, Becky rated it it was ok Shelves: Young children will likely be very confused or even scared by the messages in Thank you for your support. Seeing life through Joey’s pigzq would help students develop some compassion for their classmates who might be “wired. Not nearly so welcoming and lovely as they’re depicted here. Outcasts join forces to conquer readers’ hearts.

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Is it that we only really see part of him? Jul 12, Molly rated it it was amazing. But shortly after he gets registered, his father pulls him out of school to work at the diner.