“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,”. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key. by Jack Gantos. “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. Authentic-sounding first-person narration by a hyperactive boy gives readers an inside view of attention-deficit disorders. Joey Pigza is a wired-up mess, and he.

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Joey is a young boy who is struggling with ADHD and faces challenges daily on trying to have good behavior and follow the rules in the classroom. They also begged me to get the sequel, and we loved it as much as the first.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos – review

Horn Book Magazine74 6— It does contain some more mature like themes verbal abuse, divorce, abandonment, alcoholism, accidents, non-forgiviness, etc. Sign in or join to save for later. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Jan 09, sarah gilbert rated it really liked it Shelves: Continue reading Show less.

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I thought this was a good book because; im going to need as much backgound on students with special needs because; I want to be a swallowwed ed. The author uses a blend of humor and realism to take us through a few months in Joey’s life, from a new teacher to big trouble to help.


At school, Joey is disruptive, disobedient, fidgety, and all over the spectrum of highs and lows. The events are very plausible and easy for children to believe. In many ways, she and I suffer from the same swalloded problem, of walking into a public school building and instantly expecting everyone does not like your child.

However, Joey’s ADHD causes him to get into ever more swzllowed situations that culminates in Joey accidentally maiming a girl’s nose. I intend to start reading the entire series aloud to my class at the end of the school day.

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Left to be raised by a well-intentioned but emotionally abusive grandmother, who shares symptoms of ADHD, Joey is made to feel responsible for his mom’s pihza and his bad behavior. Joey ends up bouncing around a lot – and eventually he bounces himself all the way downtown, into the district special-ed program, which could be the end of swallowec line.

In addition to dealing with control and focus issues, Joey has a very unstable home life.

He also has a hard time trying to see that another kid may not always have all the benefits that he has. Joey Pigza is a hyperactive kid. Buy the selected items together This item: The resolution is believable and shows that Joey can find the help he needs and be happy doing so. I have been teaching for over sallowed years and have taught both high school and middle school.


Joey Pigza swallowed the key By: Joey’s behavior time and time again proves to be less than satisfactory and culminates in a wild fit on a class field trip.

Joey whirls through life like the Tasmanian Devil, his body’s uncontrollable impulses running far ahead of his ability to control them. Jack Gantos has written thd for people of all ages, from picture books swallowes middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. View all 6 comments. Thank you for your support. Families can talk about ADHD.

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Those special ed schools? I just didn’t like listening to them, because some questions take forever to make sense.

Even for the reader who knows what’s going on inside Joey, this is a hard kid to like. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 38 3 Square Fish; Reissue edition July 1, Language: