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3.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 5 3.30 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Gantos Narrator: Jack Gantos Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Joey Pigza Series Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9780739356760
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“I’m a brand-new man with a brand-new plan.”

Joey Pigza is knocked for a loop when his good-for-nothing dad shows up on his doorstep as a recycled person. After a lucky lotto win, Carter Pigza truly believes he’s somebody else. He’s even renamed himself Charles Heinz–and he insists that Joey and his mother join his happy Heinz family plan.

“My head felt like it was full of bees, and they were busy in ways that were bad for me.”

Joey has little choice but to embrace a head-spinning series of changes, which include having to leave school to help out at the beat-up roadside diner his dad has purchased. But Joey is afraid that in going with the flow he will go over the falls and end up in a place far away from who he really is.

In this seriously comic new novel, Jack Gantos pushes his acclaimed hero into entirely new territory, where he wrestles with issues of identity and forgiveness, and teaches himself how to triple-flip a turkey burger while shouting out his new favorite phrase . . .

“Do you want fries with that?” Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 2/20/2014

    " All of the Joey Pigza blew my hair back - I'm rating this one because it's the last one I read. Don't ever tell me that Joey isn't real because I'll be heartbroken. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 2/10/2014

    " Joey continues to amaze me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 2/7/2014

    " Wow. Talk about disfunctional families. I got so angry reading this book! I wish I hadn't bothered with it. Joey's dad shows up again swearing he is a new man, and even after the outrageous fiasco of the last book, Joey's mom takes him back, and they just know that they will all live 'hapilly ever after' because Joey's dad won the lottery, and is now a whole new person. He even changes his name, and demands that they others do too. Joey's mom is all for it, but Joey really struggles with it. He knows who he is, and has just now become happy and comfortable in his own skin, and now they are taking that away from him. He isn't sure if he can forgive his dad for all the awful things he has done to him and his mom, but his mom DEMANDS that he get over himself and just do it. Joey's dad buys a diner and moves them out to it, making it so that Joey has to go to a new school, even though he finally fits in at the school, and the teachers and administration have finally learned how best to work with him. Then, when they try to enroll him in school, they run into a few tiny glitches, and rather than explain that he is Joey Pigza, now going by Freddie Heinz, they make Joey/Freddie sound crazy and just decide that he doesn't really need to go to school at all, and that it will just be better for him to hang out and help around the house and the diner that never actually gets started because Joey's dad doesn't want to have to deal with any kind of work. I could go on and on and on about the horribly awful things that these 'parents' force on their poor son. Just as in the last book, I do really like Joey's character. He just tries so hard to understand his world, and fit in, and be good. He is a genuinely good kid who wants to do right by people and by himself. He's a great character, it's his parents that I can't stand. They are so focused on themselves that they forget being a parent means you are no longer allowed to put yourself first. Your children's well-being always comes before your own. Ugh. They make me so mad!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joeydag | 2/7/2014

    " How to start over? Denial is not the way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/20/2014

    " I kind of wish that Jack Gantos had stopped with the third book. In that one, Joey had really discovered that he was his own person and that he didn't need to let his parents define him. In this one, his parents challenge that and he has to learn that lesson all over again. It just seemed a little redundant to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Discovery College | 12/26/2013

    " This was a funny book about Joey Pigza and his weird father, money, dreams and identity. It is an easy read, with some funny scenes and a nice message. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 12/2/2013

    " strange story. very wierd family. ok but not great "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 11/30/2013

    " Found out after I finished that there were other books in this series written before this one. I thought that was a good testament to the writing that I didn't even notice that. His style was great, I really thought this was an interesting book. Probably for about 12 year olds or slightly younger. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Smoore2 | 11/28/2013

    " I think the Joey magic wore off and Mr. Gantos tried to get one more book from this character. While it is still humorous at times, I just kept thinking "Come on". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amira | 11/24/2013

    " I loved the Joey Pigza series, because I could definitely relate to the main character. When I read the first book, (around 3rd grade) I realized that their were other kids with A.D.D./A.D.H.D. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan B.(: | 11/22/2013

    " This book was really good. It was hard to follow at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire Scott | 4/30/2013

    " I just don't believe it. I think his mom was completely out of character and just wouldn't have made the choices she made in this book. I was with Joey and especially with his mom through the other books, but this one lost me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 1/10/2013

    " The father came back and got married again to Joeys mother. He won the lotto and wanted to start a new life. At the end he bailed out his family again and left. The book had a lots of up and downs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 abbylee Oqueli | 11/1/2012

    " Really strange, but strangely endearing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haydog | 9/28/2012

    " I thought that this book was a great book to read before i read it and my friend recommended this book to me and after i read it i got 8 AR points which made me closer to my goal. This book will be a great book to read. I aprove this message. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lm | 5/17/2012

    " I didn't enjoy this quite as much as "Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key," as the irresponsible parenting is almost painful to read. Joey is as lovable as ever, though more self-aware and mature. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Monique | 3/29/2012

    " I can't believe the mother is marrying the dad again! He isn't even on his meds! They never learn. I think Joey had more sense than the mother in this book. She's now my least favorite character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 5/17/2011

    " I learned to give people a second chance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abi | 4/13/2011

    " Talk about a "took forever to finish." That's what happens when you slack off, kiddies. Make summer COUNT. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah Z | 3/17/2011

    " This book was pretty good, but a little weird. It is about a very odd young boy with a crazy family, who goes through many interesting incidents. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 N_allie082184 | 10/25/2010

    " I am listening to this book on tape, the author is reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaniya | 12/17/2009

    " this book so far is very funny joey is staill getting himself into mischeif, iguess some things never change. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia | 12/15/2009

    " I needed an audiobook. I love Joey Pigza, and Jack Gantos; just not sure if I like him as a narrator.
    He grew on me...but this story is much more about Joey's dysfunctional parents and their re-wedding and schemes and plans than about Joey. Nowhere near as good as the first two in the series. "

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About the Author
Author Jack Gantos

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, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award finalist, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book. He developed the master’s degree program in children’s book writing at Emerson College and the Vermont College MFA program for children’s book writers. He now devotes his time to writing books and educational speaking. He lives with his family in Boston.