Joey Pigza

7 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 2,122 ratings

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key 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?

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  • Book 1

    • Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

    • By: Jack Gantos
    • Narrated by: Jack Gantos
    • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Joey Pigza gets a review

    • By Stig on 10-23-18

    Regular price: $22.60

  • Book 2

    • Joey Pigza Loses Control

    • By: Jack Gantos
    • Narrated by: Jack Gantos
    • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 72

    Everything seems to be coming together for Joey Pigza. His new meds are making his ADD more manageable, and he finally feel in control. But will he renewed relationship with his recovering-alcoholic father make him lose it all?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • By Karin Marlowe on 01-17-17

    Regular price: $22.60

  • Book 3

    • What Would Joey Do?

    • By: Jack Gantos
    • Narrated by: Jack Gantos
    • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 32

    Are they flirting or fighting? This is Joey Pigza's question when the fireworks suddenly start to explode between his long-separated mom and dad, whom he's never really had a chance to see together. The more out of control his parents get, the less in control Joey feels and the more he wants to help make things better. But Joey's ailing, tell-it-like-it-is grandmother wants her grandson to see it like it is with his unpredictable parents.

    Regular price: $19.93

  • Book 4

    • I Am Not Joey Pigza

    • By: Jack Gantos
    • Narrated by: Jack Gantos
    • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Just when Joey Pigza's wired world finally seems to be under control, his good-for-nothing dad pops back into his life. This time, though, Carter Pigza is a new man - literally. After a lucky lotto win, he has a crazy new outlook on life, and he's even changed his name to Charles Heinz. He thinks Joey and his mom should become new people, too. Soon Joey finds himself bombarded with changes, including a new name, a new home, and a new family business: running the beat-up Beehive Diner.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best ones in the series

    • By Damjan on 04-16-19

    Regular price: $23.93

  • Book 5

    • The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza

    • By: Jack Gantos
    • Narrated by: Jack Gantos
    • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    The fifth and final book in the groundbreaking Joey Pigza series brings the beloved chronicle of this wired, wacky, and wonderful boy to a crescendo of chaos and craziness, as everything goes topsy-turvy for Joey just as he starts to get his feet on the ground.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love this boy Joey, & his story! Highly recommend.

    • By MJVoss on 02-15-19

    Regular price: $21.00

  • Book 6

    • The Dented Head of Joey Pigza

    • By: Jack Gantos
    • Narrated by: Jack Gantos
    • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,721
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,552
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,551

    From author Jack Gantos comes a brand-new story in the award-winning Joey Pigza series, exclusively on Audible. Joey Pigza wants to be a winner - at everything! And yet, it seems he cannot win. But why?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Charming in an unconventional way - I loved it!

    • By Traci on 09-09-18

    Regular price: $5.95

  • Book 7

    • A Pain in the Pigza

    • By: Jack Gantos
    • Narrated by: Jack Gantos
    • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Joey Pigza is a boy with big ideas and a heart bigger than his best friend in the whole world—Pablo, his loving chihuahua. Joey returns in a second Audible Original, this time to help rescue all the local dogs that need good homes and to help the animal shelter get the word out about their “PETS MAKE PEOPLE BETTER” adoption event. But in a twist of fate, his own beloved chihuahua, Pablo, has been sent to keep Joey’s mother company in jail to help make her a better person!

    Regular price: $24.95