• The Dented Head of Joey Pigza

  • The Hidden Files of Joey Pigza, Book 1
  • By: Jack Gantos
  • Narrated by: Jack Gantos
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (2,189 ratings)

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The Dented Head of Joey Pigza

By: Jack Gantos
Narrated by: Jack Gantos
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Publisher's summary

Joey Pigza wants to win! In this audio-only adventure, Jack Gantos’s beloved hero races back into kids’ hearts with a tale about running, perseverance, and life’s inevitable crashes.

Despite his beat-up old shoes and struggles with ADHD, Joey won’t let anything hold him back—after all, he’s the lightning-fast champion of schoolyard races. But when a high-speed collision leaves him with a dented head and more problems than ever, can our infectiously impulsive hero overcome his hurdles and race to the top?

In this zany and surprisingly inspiring listen, perfect for kids ages 8 and up, our chaotic hero realizes he can’t outrun his troubles. Joining him this time around in a series of hyperactive hijinks are his eccentric Granny and his ever-faithful Chihuahua, Pablo. Written and performed by the multi-talented Jack Gantos, and delivered in a wildly energetic voice, this gem is full of the hilarity and heart that made the Joey Pigza creator a Newbery Award-winning children’s book icon.

Cover illustration by Laurie Keller.

©2018 Jack Gantos (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Publisher's summary

Joey Pigza wants to win! In this audio-only adventure, Jack Gantos’s beloved hero races back into kids’ hearts with a tale about running, perseverance, and life’s inevitable crashes.

Despite his beat-up old shoes and struggles with ADHD, Joey won’t let anything hold him back—after all, he’s the lightning-fast champion of schoolyard races. But when a high-speed collision leaves him with a dented head and more problems than ever, can our infectiously impulsive hero overcome his hurdles and race to the top?

In this zany and surprisingly inspiring listen, perfect for kids ages 8 and up, our chaotic hero realizes he can’t outrun his troubles. Joining him this time around in a series of hyperactive hijinks are his eccentric Granny and his ever-faithful Chihuahua, Pablo. Written and performed by the multi-talented Jack Gantos, and delivered in a wildly energetic voice, this gem is full of the hilarity and heart that made the Joey Pigza creator a Newbery Award-winning children’s book icon.

Cover illustration by Laurie Keller.

©2018 Jack Gantos (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

Classic moments from the Joey Pigza series – hear his other adventures

Book 1: Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
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Book 2: Joey Pigza Loses Control
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Book 3: What Would Joey Do?
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Book 4: I Am Not Joey Pigza
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Book 5: The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza
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  • Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
  • Book 1: Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
  • Joey Pigza Loses Control
  • Book 2: Joey Pigza Loses Control
  • What Would Joey Do?
  • Book 3: What Would Joey Do?
  • I Am Not Joey Pigza
  • Book 4: I Am Not Joey Pigza
  • The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza
  • Book 5: The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza

About the Author and Performer

Jack Gantos has written books for readers of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and grownups. His works include Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist; Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book; and Hole in My Life, a memoir that was recognized as a Michael L. Printz Honor Book and a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book. A teacher as well as a writer, 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. Jack is also a proponent for audiobook engagement for children as he believes it sparks their imagination. Hence, the sixth book in the Joey Pigza series, The Dented Head of Joey Pigza, is an Audible Original.

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