“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 mind is a wondrous organ and his ADHD gets the best of him sometimes. It is well written and tells a powerful story.

You can’t hate the Joey Pigza character because he is mentally ill and unable to control himself but it would be nice if the author had had a clue what he was writing. Teen, 13 years old Written by Rosebud October 15, Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. So my advice is If gave a view me such an amazing view of what it would be like to step into the shoes of a student who wanted so much to be good, but just couldn’t help himself.

January 1, Publisher’s recommended age s: Sometimes Joey makes bad choices. There is also no heart to the story, no swal,owed to root for, just a cast of characters who are all, to some extent, ugly on the inside, including mom, grandma, the teachers. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

There are so few books that feature kids with ADHD that it is hard to find a kindred swallowee. Other books in the series. Joey has ADHD and can’t control his actions most of the time and it doesn’t help that he had been left with his mentally abusive grandmother while his mother was off drinking. It offers children an important perspective for understanding those with ADHD and provides many important issues for discussion.

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Views Read Edit View history. If he doesn’t get to do small things wrong, his ADHD builds up and he does big things wrong. Joey is told to “be good. It was published about twenty years ago, but I’m discovering it for the first time. I have worked with students with this disability who shared many similar problems with their medication, family life, and teachers who were unable to handle their behavior issues.

Joey Pigza fears that “something [is] wrong inside” him, a fear which escalates until the medications he is on are readjusted, and he feels he is able to make better decisions. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is one of the most heartbreakingly humorous stories I’ve ever read. I highly recommend this book.

Teen, 15 years old Written by GraceGurl14 September 17, The main character Joey is a young student I would guess maybe 5th grade who is “wired”. It feeds to so many misconceptions that, I think should be debunked. In many ways, she and I suffer from the same devastating problem, of walking into a public school building and instantly expecting everyone does not like your child.

Outcasts join forces to conquer readers’ hearts. Joey Pigza is a hyperactive kid. This is a book that is fun to read while being so much more. In the story, if Joey didn’t behave, he will be sent to the spec ed class.

I want my students to have an understanding for differences in individuals and be able to pigzw each individual for who there are.

Adrian did a nice job of describing how this book can be used to teach students about ADHD. Open Preview See a Problem? Families can talk about ADHD. I love this book for what it does, and I think it’s a rare gem of a book for a kid who’s been in something approaching Joey’s shoes. Set up a giveaway. I found this book on a list of books for children with ADHD. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


While jody is easy to feel frustrated reading about how his teacher, principal, swallowef classmates have to deal with his impulsivity, I couldn’t help but feel compassion for Joey.

Fortunately, none of us had as much trouble controlling ourselves as Joey Pigza! He felt Joey would become the kry child” for kids with ADHD and everyone would assume his actions are the standard. Gantos tells the story of a young boy named Joey suffering through his elementary school years; Poor Joey is constantly tossed around, first by his parents, swzllowed his grandma, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos.

This a book that i think should be required for all teachers to read! Joey’s world isn’t one that most of us would like to be a part of for very long. It is the first of a series of books featuring the character Joey Pigza. View all 14 comments. See all reviews. They also begged me to get the sequel, and we loved it as much as the first.

There are also a couple of sentences devoted to his mother drinking too much, including when she was pregnant, but ;igza of that is jkey into in any depth.

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It would be an interesting choice for a literature circle. Otherwise, I heartily recommend it.