“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,”. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key. by Jack Gantos. “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. Authentic-sounding first-person narration by a hyperactive boy gives readers an inside view of attention-deficit disorders. Joey Pigza is a wired-up mess, and he.

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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos – review

Open Preview See a Problem? No trivia or quizzes yet. While not everything is OK things are look pretty good for Joey. What an incredible book this is!

Where is the rest of him? Otherwise, I heartily recommend it. Joey is dealing with pugza only his ADHD but the way others react to it.

Let’s stop blaming home environment. Finally, his medication is adjusted and he seems to be adjusting to life in a normal and calm fashion. It would also be important to point out that a person with ADHD is not automatically a danger to others.

A must-read for middle-schoolers to discuss.

How is he supposed to get an education? He can’t pay attention, he can’t follow the rules, and he can’t help it — especially when his meds aren’t working.


Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. My son chose this for his middle school summer reading there were 2 other choices.

I have been teaching for over fifteen years and have taught both high school and middle school.

Read reviews that mention joey pigza swallowed the key pigza swallowed jack gantos special education house key attention deficit recommend this book main character sent to a special sit still pencil sharpener good book read this book year old even though great book marias nose boy named add and adhd. He is trying to learn to deal with his ADHD and control his behavior. He is always getting himself into trouble and drives his teacher crazy. Peek into Stargirl’s diary in this moody sequel.

He used to weave spider webs with twine when his grandma was there, but once his mom came kkey, he wasn’t allowed to do it any more. I did not read the book myself. January 1, Publisher’s recommended age s: As an adult it brings up all sorts of questions about how children with ADHD and other special needs should be treated, brought up and educated.

The plot was easy to follow and even though it showed many different perspectives it was easy to understand and really gave pihza reader a better understanding of Joey.

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Thank you for your support. There he is tested and evaluated, his medicine is adjusted from pills to patch, and Joey calms down enough to go back to regular school. Teen, 15 years old Written by GraceGurl14 September 17, In jowy last book of the series, I Am Not Joey Pigza, his father comes back again after winning the lottery.


Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Joey Pigza, #1) by Jack Gantos

He has a habit of swallowing a key attached to a piece of string in order to pull it back out again, and on one instance he forgets to attach a string to the key, preventing him from pulling it back up.

I feel readers should take precaution if they will really accept this as a mirror of who they are or how they see other people. This book, with a main character who runs with scissors and snips off a classmate’s nose, sits on the floor on all fours in a public shop and howls like a dog, etc.

Joey’s mom finally sobers up enough although doesn’t stop drinking completely to come back for Joey and care for him. An awful book by an author you could not pay me enough to read again. So my advice is I would recommend this book for upper elementary and middle school students.