“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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I think this is an important viewpoint to have available. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. However, both his parents left when he was very young and he has been left in the care of Gandmother who could care less about his well-being. Johns Hopkins University Press. Just when I would sense that things were really bad for Joey, his descriptions of the situation made me laugh and really start to pull for him.

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However, after a year and a half in prison he applied to college, was accepted. In he resigned his tenured position in order to further his writing career which turned out to be a great decision. Adult Written by lauriklark November 16, Joey sees himself as a normal child, with a bit more energy than most. Apr 13, Lacey rated it it was amazing Shelves: The characters in the book are well written, especially Joey and his mom, who also struggles with getting better and staying focused.

I have been teaching for over fifteen years and have taught both high school and middle school. If you ARE an alcoholic parent, etc. I swlalowed recommend this book. This book only confirms my admittedly purple suspicion that the whole system, stem to stern to all the parents who glance at me in veiled horror across the playground, blames me.

Although he is an intelligent child, it is impossible for him to resist his impulsive nature Jack Gantos did a great job showing readers Joey’s mind to help them connect with him. When he accidentally hurts another child by breaking the classroom rules, he is sent to a Special Education Center downtown. Jack Gantos Coming of Age Second, why do we always justify these misbehaviour to ab I don’t think this swalloqed has fairly depicted the trials and tribulations of a student like Joey.


I was therefore unable to finish the book, even though it is rather short. Joey is not a bad kid, the decisions he makes are bad. As he says to start the book “At school they say I’m wired bad, or wired mad, or wired sad, or wired glad, depending on my mood and what teacher has ended up with me. Refresh and try again. There is also no heart to the story, no one to root for, just a cast of characters who are all, to some extent, ugly on the inside, including mom, grandma, the teachers.

Joey is dealing with not only his ADHD but the way swaolowed react to it. Is it any good? Personalize Common Sense for your family.

Finally, after Joey grows up a little bit, his mother comes home. The child is receiving no behavioral support whatsoever. Jan 09, sarah gilbert rated it really liked it Shelves: They don’t keyy punishment, they need help! Dead End in Norvelt Norvelt Series. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

Joey Pigza’s dad ran off when he was just a kindergartener and his mom followed. I was very impressed by the issues raised and the piga that it was written for teens. It feeds to so many misconceptions that, I think should be debunked. Joey Pigza is a quirky boy with ADHD and causes all sort of ruckus in the classroom without even trying.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos – review

Don’t get me wrong, special ed schools and Ritalin tne good things, its just that the ‘conform or be ostracized’ mentality is not. I found this book on a list of books for children with ADHD. I really liked this book.


As seen in the above descriptions, Gantos uses the dual setting of school and home to show ADHD in an entire new light, resulting in a much different and heartbreaking story than I expected. I love this book for what it does, and I think it’s a rare gem of a book for a kid who’s been in something approaching Joey’s shoes. Joey jiey Buddy have alot in Joey Pigza swallowed the key By: Overall, it’s an interesting and fast read.

T he Joey Pigza series by Jack Gantos is so intriguing that once you read one of the books you want to read all of them. Joey Pigza Loses Control. Stay up to date on new reviews. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is about a very energetic boy who just cannot seem to sit still. Will he ever get anything right?

I thought this was a good book because; im going to need as much backgound on students with special needs because; I want to be a special ed.

I could not believe how much Jack Gantos put me inside Joey’s head – his emotions, his intentions, and his energy level. Mar 21, Ann rated it did not like it Shelves: In fact, his behavior is so off the wall that his teachers are threatening to send him to the special-ed center downtown.

Shopbop Swwllowed Fashion Brands. As a special educator, I was extremely disappointed with the references to special education in this story.

I believe that families with children suffering from behavioral disorders all face many of the same problems, and the fact that none of my children are ADHD-diagnosed did not interfere with my deep sense of connection with Joey and his mother though, having read this, I wonder about my five-year-old for whom Asperger’s is currently the leading guess amongst me and his teachers.