“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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The book ends with one of life’s little triumphs as Joey is allowed to leave the Special Education school and return to his normal school. Do you think his family could do a better job helping him?

The author builds kid humor into this story while taking an honest look at the steps Joey and his Mother must take to get him back into the regular classroom after an incident in which another student is harmed. Printz and Robert F.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Book Review

It’s a great read that doesn’t have a blatant moral, and it tells the truth, especially noticeable for students with ADHD. 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 abandonment and his bad behavior. The teachers, the principal, and even his alcoholic mother all are portrayed as kind — if worn out — people who are doing the best they can.

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piigza This book has helped him on so many levels His peers make fun, adults shout at him and his Grandma even abused him. Things the author pointed out that happened within Joey and with other characters are basically what a child with ADHD does go through.

The author did his job in creating a memorable character and a well-imagined world to put him in; the issue is it becomes what many assume must be reality. This book is copyrightedbut I had to look twice just to be sure that it didn’t say or Finally, his medication is adjusted and he seems to be adjusting to life in a normal and calm fashion.

I also made a connection to myself, as ADD runs throughout my entire family.


It’s easy to relate to Joey Pigza and although I have read it many times, I find myself laughing every time! Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is about a very energetic boy who just cannot seem to sit still. The characters are extremely relatable pibza people in the real world. The book manages to capture the shades of grey that are almost always missing from children’s book. He can’t sit still, remember his rules, or control his impulses.

The author truly weaves an entertaining story that has the underlining lesson of when life gives you lemons you make lemon-aide. We’ve all had experiences with kids like Joey, but for readers who want to understand their struggles, Joey Pigza Kdy the Key would be a great read. There were also things I thought were inappropriate for kids to read, like descriptions of the boys classmates who have disabilities that are so disparaging.

This story ventures into the mind and homelife history of a boy with attention and hyperactivity issues. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

For instance, in the first book, Joey puts his finger in a pencil sharpener because he wants to have “Dracula nails. Want personalized picks that fit your family? Joey had ADHD, as does his father, mother and grandmother. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Why would Joey swallow a key? Pages with related products. There does not appear to be a behavior plan in place let alone an IEP or a There are also a couple of sentences devoted to his mother drinking too much, including when she was pregnant, but none of that is gone into in any depth.

While it is easy to feel frustrated reading about how his teacher, principal, and classmates have to deal with his impulsivity, I couldn’t help but feel compassion for Joey The main character Joey is a young student I would guess maybe 5th grade who is “wired”.

This title has Common Core connections. Today, we know that we can best serve these student’s needs in a general classroom setting, but it can be tough on the other students. I also think that because he wanted to be the kid that is really cool and has …more I think that Joey swallowed a key because I think that he is ADHD. Feb 23, Rebecca rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book received numerous honors and awards including being National Book Award finalist, American Library Association notable children’s book, and School Library Journal’s book of the year.


I’ve seen so many children’s actions be horribly misconstrued — it wouldn’t have surprised me for his teachers and administrators to have far more severe reactions describing, for instance, his several accidents as “self-mutilation”. It is one of the coping strategies Joey has developed. That any school would put this on their required reading list as representative of what a “typical” child with ADHD is like is bothersome.

Those special ed schools? Josy creating Joey as someone who can “tell it like it is,” we get a straight-forward descri This book does a masterful job of helping us understand a “wired” boy. The main character is a little boy with ADHD and possible fetal alc My daughter brought this book home from school today as all of the students in her group are reading it as part of their middle school transition program.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Want to Read saving…. The special education students are all segregated in the basement and the severely affected children are sent to a downtown facility. Learn more about Amazon Prime. And just as when fiction is created about a minority or under-represented group, the majority may assume it is real and react accordingly–and that becomes another burden.

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He endures a lot of hardships and he doesn’t have any special powers or smarts to help him. How Tech Is Changing Childhood. The plot was easy to follow and even though it showed many different perspectives it was easy to understand and really gave the reader a better understanding of Joey. There are so many things that this book raises that I do not agree. Joey’s behavior time and time again proves to be less than satisfactory and culminates pigzs a wild fit on a class field trip.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Joey Pigza, #1) by Jack Gantos

I highly recommend this book. When he mother comes back for him Joey has extremely mixed feelings, finally loving her as if she had never been gone. Joey Pigza is a quirky boy with ADHD and causes all sort of ruckus in the classroom without even trying.