“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 Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos – review

In this antic yet poignant new novel, Jack Gantos has perfect pitch in capturing the humor, the off-the-wall intensity, and the serious challenges that life hte to a kid dealing with hyper-activity and related disorders.

And given that medicating children with this syndrome is controversial, some readers may be bothered that the solution is almost entirely a matter of giving Joey the right medication. I loved this book. Special education in schools is very different from how it was presented. In the story, if Joey didn’t behave, he will be sent to the spec ed class.

If he doesn’t get to do small things wrong, his ADHD builds up and he does big things wrong. After reading the swalloowed on the back cover, I had some concerns so I read the rest of the book and I am appalled.

She makes up rules and actually begins to act as a parent.

Joey’s life gets crazier and crazier until his father runs away again. My kid has ADHD. Refresh and try again. Set up a giveaway. Maxy, his teacher, spends much of the class’s school day trying to reel Joey in. About these links Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you joeyy our links to make a purchase.

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As soon as you see the tail your mind wanders all over the place and you think of a million other animals that also have tails until you don’t care about the elephant because it’s only one thing when you’ve been thinking about a million others. He has a habit of swallowing a key attached to a piece of string in order to pull it back out again, and on one instance he forgets to attach a string to the key, preventing him from pulling it back up.

I would say my cousin is most like Joey because; he has A. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. This book shows a lot of difficulty that child faces and how they view things. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is about a very energetic boy who just cannot seem to sit still.

We’ve all known kids like Joey in our classrooms–a common comment at conferences is bound to be “He’s such a good kid inside! It would also be important to point out that a person with ADHD is not automatically a danger to others.

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He gets taken out of his school and brought to a new school. Joey is dealing with not only his ADHD but the way others react to it. Open Preview See a Problem? Jack Gantos did a great job showing readers Joey’s mind to help them connect with him.

As a special educator, I was extremely disappointed with the references to special education in this stor I found this book on a list of books for children with ADHD. They’re painful, funny, and they make you feel a strong sympathy for Joey. User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Want personalized picks that fit your family? Joey not only has a disability, but he has his own preconceived notions of what other “special education” kids might be like.


Overall, it’s an interesting and fast read.

Is it that we only really see part of him? My daughter who is 13 chose not to read it. Swalllowed behavior time and time again proves to be less than satisfactory and culminates in a wild fit on a class field trip. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key. Johns Hopkins University Press. I can easily swalolwed this to my life as an educator. Joey and Buddy have alot in common because it sound like Joey has A. Not nearly so welcoming and lovely as they’re depicted here.

Joey’s mom finally sobers up enough although doesn’t stop drinking completely to come back for Joey and care for him. They are not weird and different as depicted in this book. An abusive relative, out-of-control school behavior, his mom’s struggles–all unwind in a non-stop fashion that makes us realize how a child copes with issues like these–by just bouncing on, around, through or over them, on and on.

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Views Read Swallowe View history. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run fhe giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. The author uses great vocabulary and imagry to describe exactly what joey is going through and how difficult it is to be him. 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. Will he ever get anything right?

I am very double minded about this book. See all reviews. See all 8 questions about Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key….