“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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Dec 02, Jorie Turner rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Other books in the series. Based on 9 reviews. Teen, 13 years old Written by Rosebud October 15, Learn how we rate.

How his mother was an alcoholic, and his teacher always pushing him. It was published about twenty years ago, but I’m discovering it for the first time.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Book Review

Those special ed schools? Share your thoughts with other customers. He managed to escape and hid out in the swalloaed same welfare motel he was living during high school. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 38 3 Despite the fact that I could feel how much everyone cared for him, it wasn’t working to give him reminders – he could not do it.


See all reviews. Joey is a young boy whose father and mother have both run off and he is living with his very eccentric grandmother. The book is filled with negative stereotypes about the disabled and so many examples of bad teaching that I cannot believe this is being used in a school environment.

Through reading, I could feel Joey’s pigzw with just trying to get through a single day of being good.

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For instance, in the first book, Joey puts his finger in a pencil sharpener swallowec he wants to have “Dracula nails. Loved this wonderful story!

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. She parentified him by treating him like an adult speaking inappropriately to him. Though much of the story is realistic, in the end the solutions come a bit too easily.

It is well written and tells a powerful story. I read the book in a day, with interest and eagerness. Two pages later, we learn that Joey has been physically abused by his grandma in the past. Fortunately, none of us had as much trouble controlling ourselves as Joey Pigza!

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There were also things I thought were inappropriate for kids to read, like descriptions of the boys classmates pigzza have disabilities that are so disparaging. Coming of Age Book type: This summer I was a “reading buddy” to a 7th grader who introduced me to this book. I liked his description of feeling like he was sitting on a spring.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. This book shows a lot of difficulty that child faces and how they view things. Jofy trivia or quizzes yet. View all 6 comments. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: His teacher expects him to follow all of the rules just like all the other kids; but try as he might, he finds himself compelled to say and do things that get him into trouble.

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. An awful book by an author you could not pay me enough to read again.