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What Would Joey Do?

What Would Joey Do?

Joey Pigza (Volume 3)

Jack Gantos

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


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...

Praise for What Would Joey Do?

“Joey . . . is an impossible, contradictory, glorious creation.” —Liz Rosenberg, The Boston Sunday Globe

“Joey isn't leading the easiest of lives, but he's a tough and triumphant kid with an absorbing story.” —Starred, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“In Joey Pigza, Mr. Gantos has meticulously crafted the voice of a troubled kid with a solid center of goodness. Joey tells his own story, and it reads like a ride in a car without brakes.” —Sue Corbett, Knight Ridder News Service

“Joey emerges as a sympathetic hero, and his heart of gold never loses its shine.” —Starred, Publishers Weekly

“Readers will cheer for Joey, and for the champion in each of us.” —Starred, School Library Journal

“Stepping into Joey Pigza's skin isn't easy . . . But it's worth the discomforting fit.” —Deirdre Donahue, USA Today


Reviews from Goodreads

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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