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Publisher's Summary

Joey Pigza can't sit still. He can't pay attention, he can't follow the rules, and he can't help it -- especially when his meds aren't working. Joey's had problems ever since he was born, problems just like his dad and grandma have.

And whether he's wreaking havoc on a class trip or swallowing his house key, Joey's problems are getting worse. In fact, his behavior is so off the wall that his teachers are threatening to send him to the special-ed center downtown.

Joey knows he's really a good kid, but no matter how hard he tries to do the right thing, something always seems to go wrong. Will he ever get anything right?

©2000 Jack Gantos; (P)2009 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"An accurate, compassionate and humorous appraisal of a boy with attention-deficit disorder.... For young readers touched by ADD - and for their teachers and parents - Joey gives us the key to his world." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Todd
  • Wellesley, MA, United States
  • 08-27-12

Thought-provoking children's story

Would you consider the audio edition of Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key to be better than the print version?

For commuting purposes, the audio version is better.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A misunderstood boy gets the help he needs.

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I can relate w/Joey, its hard being treated diff.

Would you listen to Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key again? Why?

yes, its got a lot of insight about overactive imaginations. I think a lot of adults are still unaware of the complexity of these disorders & the amount of time, patience, & constant parenting needed to help a child succeed in life with them. <br/><br/>I would like my 2 boys to hear it with me this time, BUT I'm also concerned about putting anymore ideas in their already overactive minds.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joey of course, because of his constant desire to do his best.

Have you listened to any of Jack Gantos’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no but hope to soon!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

Great book, keep'em coming!

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  • Melissa
  • Woodruff, SC, United States
  • 06-22-11

a great look at ADHD

This story sheds light on the thought process of someone with ADHD. It was enjoyable and well read.