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3.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72 (25 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 2008 ISBN: 9780739371893
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When Joey Pigza meets his dad for the first time in years, he meets a grown-up version of his old out-of-control self. Carter Pigza is as wired as Joey used to be—before his stint in special ed, and before he got his new meds.

Joey's mom reluctantly agrees that he can stay with his dad for a summer visit, which sends Joey racing with sky-high hpes that he and Carter can finally get to know each other. But as the weeks whirl by, Carter has bigger plans in mind: He decides that just as he has pulled himself up by his own bootstraps, Joey can do the same and become as normal as any kid, without the help of a doctor's prescription. Carter believes Joey can do it, and Joey wants to believe him more than anything in the world.

Here is the continuation of the acclaimed Joey Pigza story, affirming not only that Joey Pigza is a true original but that it runs in the family.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 2/16/2014

    " In this sequel to Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, Joey has a chance to reconnect with his dad. Of course this leads to plenty of disasters, since his dad is a grown-up version of Joey - wired differently, and often a little out of control. Like the first book, this one has plenty of humor and is a fascinating insight into life with ADHD. But this one felt darker than the first one - maybe because Joey is actually better than his dad at keeping things together and making smart decisions. Gantos is not afraid to show us adults who screw up; I don't know how much of that would go over the heads of kids who read this, and maybe it bothered me as an adult more than it would bother a child, because I could see more clearly all the bad choices made by adults in Joey's life. Still, I can imagine for kids like Joey, that it might be a huge relief to see someone like yourself in a book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/14/2014

    " It was a readable story, but it was not a page turner. The grandmother and father in the story were on the dysfunctional side. It was OK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katyh | 12/17/2013

    " This is one of those great books that is funny and engaging enough to give a reluctant reader that also has some really good meat on its bones. Joey Pigza (who is on meds for a raging case of ADHD) is raised by his single mom. His dad, who walked out when he was a baby and self-medicates his own undiagnosed case of ADHD with alcohol, has recently dried out and wants to spend time with his son. Joey can't wait to get to know his father, but the reality doesn't live up to his expectations. A lot of really heavy things happen in this book -- Joey's dad forces him to go off his meds, gets drunk all the time, is pretty abusive to Joey's grandmother and the kids on the baseball team he coaches -- and yet it's pretty funny. I thought it was a heavier book than the first one, in a good way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 11/21/2013

    " This is realistic fiction alright. Joey Pigza is a very lovable protagonist who suffers from ADHD. He spends the summer with his estranged father who encourages him to quit taking his medication. In a less courageous book, this situation would be played only for laughs, but the book deals with the very serious (though, yes, often funny) consequences of this. I was shocked by the ending. It was very bittersweet. This book is clearly aimed at kids who are capable of handling an ending that doesn't wrap things up in neat package. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris.t | 11/12/2013

    " I think that this was a very good book because it is a book about a kid who has too much energy.he finnaly gets to meet his dad. but on the first day he is there his dad takes him off of his medication and he starts to get even more hyper. he cant decide if he should call his mom or not and tell her the truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny | 11/11/2013

    " this book is very good,and the author discribes how Joey fells. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andd Becker | 10/28/2013

    " This unforgettable Newbery Honor book explores a father/son relationship. The father's dysfunctionality is scary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashtinh le | 9/18/2013

    " its boring at first, but u get in to it. yay "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney | 9/14/2013

    " Really nice look at the world of someone with ADHD. Interesting look at alcoholism as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus | 6/15/2013

    " Joey's dad currently threw his patches down the toilet. Joey is now losing control. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jadesola Obasa | 2/6/2013

    " I liked the beginning because it was exiling but not the end.The was so not good.I liked how they explane the dite.Joey wished to be with this dad at the end he didn't what to with this dad and at the ending I did not like the end because he went home I thought they will be togather. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christa Wade | 8/2/2012

    " The continuation to Joey Pigza Swallowed a Key. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie | 7/10/2012

    " We're reading this book out loud in one of my classes. :) So far, so good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrwteach | 4/14/2012

    " I enjoyed reading this with my summer school class. The subversive nature of the book acted as a bonding agent between the kids and me. The alcoholism, smoking, drunk driving turned all of us on our ears. It was an adventure in teaching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Lovejoy | 3/27/2012

    " This wasn't one of my favorite Newbery books but it might be one that students would like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacey Mcmanaway | 11/25/2011

    " This book was very moving. It shows the struggles a young boy with special needs has and when he meets his father realizes how alike they are. I think she is a book for older children. You could possibly read it to your younger children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 5/31/2011

    " ADHD boy spends summer with estranged father. Divorce. Grade 6. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Conti | 5/17/2011

    " it was a funny book and was a book that made me wont to read on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexxa | 3/9/2011

    " I love these books! Simple and it makes a great statement! Opened my eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 11/8/2010

    " Heart-breaking, but also uplifting. I really recommend this book for a glimpse into the mind of an ADHD child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rodney | 10/2/2010

    " This is great book with an eye opening perspective on A.D.D. The story moves quickly and is well told. The characters are believable and endearing. I would read it to a class. MY rating is 8. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 7/31/2010

    " This is a great children's chapter book about a boy with ADHD. I really enjoyed reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney | 2/28/2010

    " Really nice look at the world of someone with ADHD. Interesting look at alcoholism as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffreyjean | 1/21/2010

    " this book was very funny it is about a boy with adhd with mean he is over hyper he visits his father and thing do not go good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 12/21/2009

    " A roller coaster ride of a story. Jack Gantos (who is an absolute hoot - saw him speak at a writing conference) effectively captures the experience of a boy who is wired. Really wired. ADD wired. And the family dynamics? Gantos nails it! "

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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.