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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (485 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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Are they flirting or fighting? This is Joey Pigza's question when the fireworks suddenly start to explode between his long-separated mom and dad, whom he's never really had a chance to see together. The more out of control his parents get, the less in control Joey feels and the more he wants to help make things better. But Joey's ailing, tell-it-like-it-is grandmother wants her grandson to see it like it is with his unpredictable parents. Knowing that she is fading fast, she needs Joey to hurry up and show that he can break the Pigza family mold by making a friend in the outside world. The only potential candidate, however, is Olivia Lapp, Joey's blind home-schooling partner, who brags that she is "blind as a brat" and gets meaner to Joey the more desperate he gets for her friendship.

In this final book of the Joey Pigza trilogy, Jack Gantos' acclaimed hero is attempting a breathtaking balancing act as he tries to keep a handle on his wild, weird behavior without letting his hyperactively helpful ways spin him out of control all over again.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Monica | 2/16/2014

    " My first grader has been reading Gantos' Rotten Ralph books so I thought I'd check out the Joey Pigza series which has been around for over a decade. Hilarious! I listened to this 3rd book in the series on cd (read by the author) and it had me cracking up in the car. Joey is the sane one in this family as he has to watch his divorced parents battle it out (literally). There are some serious issues here and reading them from a child's point of view is quite poignant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/3/2014

    " This book is great! It made me laugh AND cry! I loved it! A must have for my classroom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alice Qu | 2/1/2014

    " I think that Joey's mother and father had taken it too far. I mean, trying to throw a knife between the eyes of Joey's dad? Isn't that too far? And stealing Joey's dog just to talk to him? Really? Maybe Joey's family is really crazy, but still, it's your family, and you have to except the way they are. It was really sad when Joey's grandma died, Joey's grandma understood his feelings, understood how it is like to live with his dad, they had many things in common, as what Joey thinks, "Grandma is already to past." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica | 1/30/2014

    " Third book in the Joey series. The mother is much less sympathetic in this book than the other two--to me it seemed like she was a completely different character. The father is still crazy and completely unlikable and often frightening. The grandmother character is developed more in this book and is actually made much more sympathetic than in the other books. We see a bit more of her past, she tries to convince Joey to go make friends so he doesn't end up like her. Joey is homeschooled with a blind girl, Olivia, who he does eventually become friends with, though it's difficult for him. Joey's still on his meds, and at the end things seemed patched up with his mother and he goes back to his old school. "

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