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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780374706494240 Pages, Ages 10-14
Sequel to Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor Book
Are they flirting or fighting? This is Joey Pigza's question when the fireworks suddenly start to explode between his long-separated mom and dad, whom he's never really had a chance to see together. The more out of control his parents get, the less in control Joey feels and the more he wants to help make things better. But Joey's ailing tell-it-like-it-is grandmother wants her grandson to see it like it is with his unpredictable parents. Knowing that she is fading fast, she needs Joey to hurry up and show that he can break the Pigza family mold by making a friend in the outside world. The only potential candidate, however, is Olivia Lapp -- Joey's blind homeschooling partner, who brags that she is "blind as a brat" and acts meaner to Joey the more desperate he gets for her friendship -- even if Joey senses there's more to her than meets the eye.
In this dazzling episode, Jack Gantos's acclaimed hyperactive hero discovers that settling down isn't good for anything if he can't find a way to stop the people he cares about from winding him up all over again.
What Would Joey Do? is a 2003 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Award, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Parents' Choice Honor Books, VOYA Top Shelf Fiction MS Readers, VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers, BCCB Blue Ribbon Award, School Library Best Books of the Year, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Children's Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library, NYPLC Children's Books 100
What Would Joey Do?
About three weeks ago Dad suddenly showed up in town and started buzzing us on his motorcycle at all hours of the day and night. At first I was afraid because I thought he had come to...