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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (410 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Joeydag | 2/7/2014

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

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