Joey Pigza

Joey Pigza's got heart, he's got a mom who loves him, and he's got "dud meds," which is what he calls the Ritalin pills that are supposed to even out his wild mood swings. Sometimes Joey makes bad choices. He learns the hard way that he shouldn't stick his finger in the pencil sharpener, or swallow his house key, or run with scissors. As Joey knows, if he keeps making bad choices, he could just fall between the cracks for good. But he is determined not to let that happen.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Joey Pigza Loses Control received the Newbery Honor. Jack Gantos' series is full of humor and real situations that many children can relate to.

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The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza
The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza

Joey Pigza

Jack Gantos

FSG Books for Young Readers

The fifth and final book in the groundbreaking Joey Pigza series brings the beloved chronicle of this wired, wacky, and wonderful boy to a crescendo of chaos and craziness, as everything...

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What Would Joey Pigza Do?
What Would Joey Pigza Do?

Joey Pigza

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 Loses Control

Joey Pigza

Jack Gantos

FSG Books for Young Readers

"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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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Joey Pigza

Jack Gantos

FSG Books for Young Readers

"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," which is what he...

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I Am Not Joey Pigza
I Am Not Joey Pigza

Joey Pigza

Jack Gantos

FSG Books for Young Readers

Just when Joey Pigza's wired world finally seems to be under control, his good-for-nothing dad pops back into his life. This time, though, Carter Pigza is a new man - literally. After a lucky...

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What Would Joey Do?
What Would Joey Do?

Joey Pigza

Jack Gantos

FSG Books for Young Readers

"Hard to believe that Joey is the almost-normal one in this third and last installment in the chronicles of Joey Pigza . . . It's not just a funny story with nutty parents out of control, it's a poignant story of family, loss, lessons learned, and one boy's learning to make his way in the world with confidence and good cheer. This work easily stands by itself, but readers new to Joey Pigza will rush out to get the others, too. A must read." - Starred, Kirkus Reviews

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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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