- Age Range: 10 - 14 years
- Grade Level: 5 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 890L (What's this?)
- Series: Joey Pigza (Book 1)
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (July 5, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312623550
- ISBN-13: 978-0312623555
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 194 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Paperback – July 5, 2011
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“An accurate, compassionate and humorous appraisal of a boy with attention-deficit disorder.” ―Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“In his first-person narrative, Joey relates incidents that are heart wrenching and humorous. From the powerful opening lines and fast-moving plot to the thoughtful inner dialogue and satisfying conclusion, readers will cheer for Joey, and for the champion in each of us.” ―School Library Journal
“In this rollercoaster of a ride, ingenuously and breathlessly narrated by Joey himself, readers are treated to an up-close introduction to life with attention deficit disorder-or being wired, as Joey puts it. . . . Readers of this compelling tragicomedy will know almost from the start that Joey's not just a good kid-he's a great kid.” ―The Horn Book, Starred Review
“Joey; his gutsy, struggling mother; and his long-suffering teachers come to life in this highly readable novel that is sometimes funny, sometimes heartrending, and both entertaining and engrossing. . . . There are plenty of Joeys in schools today, and it is good to have one of their stories told with such skill and sympathy.” ―VOYA
“The story is simultaneously comic and horrific; Gantos takes readers right inside a human whirlwind where the ride is bumpy and often frightening, especially for Joey. But a river of compassion for the characters runs through the pages, not only for Joey but for his overextended mom and his usually patient, always worried (if only for their safety) teachers. Mature readers will find this harsh tale softened by unusual empathy and leavened by genuinely funny events.” ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
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, Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book, and Dead End in Norvelt, winner of the Newbery Medal and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.
Jack was raised in Norvelt, 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.
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When I was reading this book, I saw a whole bunch of violent scenes in the book like when Joey put his fingers in a pencil sharpener, swallowed an inedible object like a brass key, or accidentally using a pair of scissors to cut of the nose tip of a person and making them bleed.☠ Oh my goodness, there was also a scene where Joey went to a boot camp thing for 6 weeks after he was suspended for cuting off a nose tip. 🤯 I first found this book to be an interesting book at first, but when I went through the book, the scenes were so crazy that I'm not sure if I can read this book ever again! ☠👹👻👺🤯😨😰💣💥 I'm pretty sure that the author went too far.