Joey Pigza Loses Control

Joey Pigza (Volume 2)

Jack Gantos

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The sequel to Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist.

When Joey Pigza meets his dad for the first time in years, he meets a grown-up version of his old out-of-control self. Carter Pigza is as wired as Joey used to be -- before his stint in special ed, and before he got his new meds.

Joey's mom reluctantly agrees that he can stay with his dad for a summer visit, which sends Joey racing with sky-high hopes that he and Carter can finally get to know each other. But as the weeks whirl by, Carter has bigger plans in mind. He decides that just as he has pulled himself up by his own bootstraps, Joey can do the same and become as normal as any kid, without the help of a doctor's prescription. Carter believes Joey can do it and Joey wants to believe him more than anything in the world.

Here is the continuation of the acclaimed Joey Pigza story, affirming not only that Joey Pigza is a true original but that it runs in the family.
 
Joey Pigza Loses Control is a 2000 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and a 2001 Newbery Honor Book.

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1POTHOLESWe were on our way to Dad’s house and Mom was driving with both hands clamped tightly around the wheel as if she had me by the neck. I had been snapping my seat belt on and off and driving her nuts by asking a hundred what if’s about Dad. She’d been hearing them for two weeks already and wasn’t answering. But that didn’t stop me. What if he’s not nice? What if he hates me? What if he’s as crazy as you always said he was? What if he drinks and gets nasty? What if I don’t like him? What if Grandma tries to put me in the refrigerator again?

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"Like its predecessor, this high-voltage, honest novel mixes humor, pain, fear and courage with deceptive ease. Struggling to please everyone even as he sees himself hurtling toward disaster, Joey emerges as a sympathetic hero, and his heart of gold never loses its shine."--Starred, Publishers Weekly

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Jack Gantos

Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book, and Dead End in Norvelt, winner of the Newbery Medal and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction.

 

Jack was raised in Norvelt, Pennsylvania, and when he was seven, his family moved to Barbados. He attended British schools, where there was much emphasis on reading and writing, and teachers made learning a lot of fun. When the family moved to south Florida, he found his new classmates uninterested in their studies, and his teachers spent most of their time disciplining students. Jack retreated to an abandoned bookmobile (three flat tires and empty of books) parked out behind the sandy ball field, and read for most of the day. The seeds for Jack’s writing career were planted in sixth grade, when he read his sister’s diary and decided he could write better than she could. He begged his mother for a diary and began to collect anecdotes he overheard at school, mostly from standing outside the teachers’ lounge and listening to their lunchtime conversations. Later, he incorporated many of these anecdotes into stories.

 

While in college, he and an illustrator friend, Nicole Rubel, began working on picture books. After a series of well-deserved rejections, they published their first book, Rotten Ralph, in 1976. It was a success and the beginning of Jack’s career as a professional writer. Jack continued to write children’s books and began to teach courses in children’s book writing and children’s literature. He developed the master’s degree program in children’s book writing at Emerson College and the Vermont College M.F.A. program for children’s book writers. He now devotes his time to writing books and educational speaking. He lives with his family in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Joey Pigza Loses Control
Jack Gantos

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American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Parents' Choice Award Winner, Newbery Honor Book, New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Books of the Year, Booklinks Lasting Connection, Booklist Editors' Choice, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Award, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Massachusetts Children's Book Award, NYPLC Children's Books 100, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2000
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374399894
ISBN10: 0374399891
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 800LL
F&P Level A-Z: T

$17.99

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July 2011
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ISBN: 9780312661014
ISBN10: 0312661010
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 224 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 800L
AR Quiz Number: 59570
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AR Points: 0.5

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ISBN: 9781250061676
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Middle-Grade Fiction
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Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
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July 2011
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ISBN: 9780374706159
ISBN10: 0374706158
Middle-Grade Fiction208 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 800L
AR Quiz Number: 115456 EN
AR Book Level: 5.8
AR Points: 7

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