Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key
Joey Pigza #1
On Sale: July 5, 2011
Featuring: Joey Pigza
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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 downtown, 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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