Joey Pigza

5 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 188 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 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good or bad

    • By JoLyn Skinner on 03-11-16

    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 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 34

    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 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 14

    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 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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.

    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 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    Regular price: $21.00