Joey Pigza

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I Am Not Joey Pigza
Joey Pigza (Volume 4)
Jack Gantos
Square Fish

Joey’s world is turned upside down when his deadbeat dad wins the lottery.


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What Would Joey Pigza Do?
Joey Pigza (Volume 3)
Jack Gantos
Square Fish

Joey’s trying to make friends—with the meanest girl he knows.


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Joey Pigza Loses Control
Joey Pigza (Volume 2)
Jack Gantos
Square Fish

In this Newbery Honor winner, Joey finds out his dad is just as wired as he is.


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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Joey Pigza (Volume 1)
Jack Gantos
Square Fish

In this National Book Award finalist, Joey Pigza tries hard to be a good kid trapped in a wired body.


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Author Jack Gantos on his book I Am Not Joey Pigza--Author Interview

Listen to this author interview and hear author Jack Gantos talk about his children's book I Am Not Joey Pigza. In this installment of Gantos' Newbery Honor-winning middle-grade fiction series, Joey Pigza's good-for-nothing dad pops back into his life. After a lucky lotto win, Carter Pigza has a crazy new outlook on life, and he's even changed his name to Charles Heinz. He thinks Joey and his mom should become new people, too.

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About the Author

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, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book.
 
Jack was born in Mount Pleasant, 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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