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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,925 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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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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