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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 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: October 2014 ISBN: 9781101891940
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The fifth and final book in the groundbreaking Joey Pigza series brings the beloved chronicle of this wired, wacky, and wonderful boy to a crescendo of chaos and craziness. 

Just as he starts to get his feet on the ground, everything goes topsy-turvy for Joey. With his dad missing in the wake of appearance-altering plastic surgery, Joey must give up school to look after his new baby brother and fill in for his mom, who hospitalizes herself to deal with a bad case of postpartum blues. As his challenges mount, Joey discovers a key that could unlock the secrets to his father’s whereabouts—a mystery that must be solved before Joey can even hope for his broken family to somehow come back together.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Collectively, the Pigza series is a poignant examination of modern dysfunction, a window into how kids in tough family situations come to believe they are damaged and incapable of redemption.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Readers who have read the previous books and come to know and love Joey will appreciate the irony and emotional punch of his final triumph. Give this groundbreaking, heartbreaking title to readers mature and sensitive enough to understand the author’s black humor and seriousness.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Readers of all ages are going to cheer Joey on as he heroically deals with one over-the-top situation after another. By the time this final book of the series—as elegantly and propulsively written as the others—draws to a close, you know that no matter what the future holds, Joey’s inner strength and smart, sweet nature will prevail.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • “The fifth and (ostensibly) final book in the multi-award-winning Joey Pigza chronicle features all of the drama, havoc, and heart readers have come to expect, dread, and love…The conclusion to Gantos’ beloved and much-lauded series is big news, and Joey’s fans of all ages will want to grab their copies as soon as possible.”

    Booklist (starred review) 

  • “Joey takes on his toughest set of challenges yet in this heartrending, triumphant series finale…Dark, funny, and pawzzz-i-tively brilliant.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 

  • “Jack Gantos concludes his Joey Pigza series with one last peek into Joey’s wild, wonderful brain. With Gantos narrating, the ride is breakneck, funny, and heart wrenching, with listeners holding on through every one of Joey’s zigs and zags. Joey struggles with attention deficit disorder and a chaotic family life, and he’s so full of love and good intentions that listeners can’t help rooting for everything to work out for him. Gantos gives voice to Joey’s every hope, worry, and stray thought as he cares for his baby brother and holds down the fort at home. It’s an utterly satisfying end to the series, and if Joey doesn’t have you in tears, the author’s note at the end just might. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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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.