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Joey Pigza Loses Control

Joey Pigza Loses Control

Joey Pigza (Volume 2)

Jack Gantos

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


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. This title has Common Core connections.

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.

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

We 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...

Praise for Joey Pigza Loses Control

“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; the Joey Pigza series, which include a Newbery Honor book and a National Book Award Finalist; Dead End in Norvelt, winner of the Newbery Medal and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction; and the Rotten Ralph series.

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