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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,326 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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"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," which is what he calls the Ritalin pills that are supposed to even out his wild mood swings. Sometimes Joey makes bad choices. He learns the hard way that he shouldn't stick his finger in the pencil sharpener, or swallow his house key, or run with scissors. Joey ends up bouncing around a lot - and eventually he bounces himself all the way downown, into the district special-ed program, which could be the end of the line. As Joey knows, if he keeps making bad choices, he could just fall between the cracks for good. But he is determined not to let that happen.

In this antic yet poignant new novel, Jack Gantos has perfect pitch in capturing the humor, the off-the-wall intensity, and the serious challenges that life presents to a kid dealing with hyper-activity and related disorders. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is a 1998 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Danielle | 2/19/2014

    " Loved the perspective of the story told from a boy with ADD. It is a very sad story. Although it is YA fiction and won a Newberry, I will wait a while before I intro it to Andrew. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathy | 2/8/2014

    " Matt recommended this book. He thought it was funny. The main character has ADHD, amongst many other problems. There were very funny parts, but from a Mom's point of view, it was kinda sad also. The boy seemed to feel alienated so often, and had no friends. His grandmother was abusive (she also had ADHD) and the mother drank ALOT. He does seem to get help in the end, but it makes me sad to think of all the other kids out there like him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jill Madsen | 2/6/2014

    " Just finished reading this for the class I am teaching J-term. such a cute story about a young boy with adhd and his struggles at school. Great reminder of what students experience are based on how teachers respond to them. Hope the group that selects this book for my class likes it as much as I did! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/1/2014

    " I just read this book for the second time and liked it a lot more than I did the first. I think I had more patience with Joey this time and could really identify with his and the adults' struggles to help him. "

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