“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 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 kye 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.

Left to be raised by a well-intentioned but emotionally abusive grandmother, who shares symptoms of ADHD, Joey is made to feel responsible for his mom’s abandonment and his bad behavior. Write a customer review. Finally, the book is original, showing the daily struggles and difficulties faced by a boy with ADHD, a boy just like everyone else. At least, not in Portland, Ore.

Like when the main character, a boy with ADHD accidentally cuts off a girl’s nose with scissors. Joey is dealing with not only his ADHD but the way others react to it. I absolutely adored this book from the first page! It introduces parent abandonment leaving them with a grandparent and students with special needs. Retrieved from ” pigsa He is trying to learn to deal with his ADHD and control his behavior.


Special education is meant to joy help, not as a punishment. When Joey has one accident too many, he has to work with his teachers, his mom, and himself to learn to make better decisions. The couple has one child, Mabel, and they live in Boston, Massachusetts.

Horn Book Magazine74 6— His life at home is very chaotic jley definitely contributed to his many issues. It can be extremely frustrating, for both the child and those around him. It is the first of a series of books featuring the character Joey Pigza.

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I Am Not Joey Pigza. Joey and Buddy have alot in common because it sound like Joey has A. That any school would put this on their required reading list as representative of what a “typical” child with ADHD is like is bothersome. I felt as exhausted and wired reading each sentence as Joey seemed to feel by telling it. Pigza is on medication which he takes regularly, but it doesn’t seem to be very effective. Joey Pigza is a quirky boy with ADHD and causes all sort of ruckus in the classroom without even trying.

The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential. Column 4 Our impact report: I can’t say I’m pleased, though, with the way parents of emotionally-challenged kids come off. While in college, Jack began working on picture books with an illustrator friend.

You always have the option to make good choices in your life. Once there they hung out at the Chelsea hotel and Gantos carried on dreaming about college. I could be wrong though, I never finished the book Joey Pigza is an extremely hyperactive 5th Grade boy. At school, Joey is disruptive, disobedient, fidgety, and all over the spectrum of highs and lows. He is a constant worry to himself swalloqed others. Printz and Robert F. In fact, the perspective is so effective that at times I was getting antsy reading the book, like I was channeling Joey.

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Joey has, up until the time we met him, lived in a world punctuated by two things. Joey cannot kry himself in a regular classrooom and is sent to spend time in a Special Education classroom.

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ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. But must it always be the parents’ fault? His mom does return one day, tries to be a good mom, and must face Joeys problems at school. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Jul 20, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: But while I felt sorry for Joey, he felt Joey was “an idiot”. In the final sentence of the book, Joey actually is able to sit down and read a book!

Nonetheless, author Jack Gantos succeeds in making him sympathetic and bringing out his inherent goodness.

One thing I really liked about the book was that the responsible adults, teachers and doctors are written as good and caring people. Also, Joey’s family is poor and his mother was having difficulty participating in his school life. The things that What an incredible book this is! The child gets into trouble over and over again, eventually cutting off a girl’s nose with a pair of scissors. I have a feeling that many of my kids will instantly connect to Joey Pigza!