Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

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.

Books in this Series

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

Joey Pigza (Volume 5)
Jack Gantos
Square Fish

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 goes topsy-turvy...

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I Am Not 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 Do?
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What Would Joey Do?

Joey Pigza (Volume 3)
Jack Gantos
Square Fish

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...

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Joey Pigza Loses Control
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Joey Pigza Loses Control

Joey Pigza (Volume 2)
Jack Gantos
Square Fish

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...

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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
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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.

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.