“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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Though, it does not provide any insight into how to work with ADHD children. Swaloowed an incredible book this is! See how we rate.

By asking his readers to get to know Joey, Gantos also helps young readers hear Joey’s thoughts on the other kids, which may be similar to their own, and they, along with Joey, can challenge their ideas of what those other kids might be like.

He can’t sit still, remember his rules, or control his impulses. Set preferences to see our top age-appropriate picks for your kids. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Book Review

They begged me to read it daily, and hated when it was time to move on to the lesson. It is an exceptionally powerful book about an exceptional young person. The book manages to capture the shades of grey that are almost always missing from children’s book. For children this book probably gives a great view of special needs that children might not otherwise understand.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos – review

This sums up the true triumph of Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key. The story was very well written. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

This book expands awareness by letting readers into the mind of a student with AD Joey Pigza isn’t all bad, he’s just a little too wired. Pigza is on medication which he takes regularly, but it doesn’t seem to be very effective.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Joey Pigza, #1) by Jack Gantos

While medicating Joey with his “litte blue pills,” she is medicating herself with alcohol at the same time. Feb 23, Rebecca rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book does a masterful job of helping us understand a “wired” boy. It’s a great read that doesn’t have a blatant moral, and it tells the truth, especially noticeable for students with ADHD.

Gantos tells the story of a young boy named Joey suffering through his elementary school ,ey Poor Joey is constantly tossed around, first by his parents, then his grandma, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos. Common Sense is a nonprofit organization.

The language bothered her. Croix he met a drug smuggler and was offered a chance to make 10 dollars by sailing to New York with 2, pounds of hash. It can be extremely frustrating, for both the child and those around him.

Sign in or join to save for later. At least, not in Portland, Ore. I thought this book was a little insensitive and irreverent towards kids with ADHD. His mom is an alcoholic.

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Jun 18, Julie rated it did not like it. Eventually, Joey gets the swllowed medical and behavioral interventions necessary to help him control his behavior and move forward with his life.

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As a teacher with ADD and a family full of fellow “ADDers,” I am able to look at my students in a different light and work with them so that they are able to stop and “take the time to think,” The 5 T’s before they act! Do you think his family could do a better job helping him? Joey’s life changes though with the return of his mother, which causes Joey’s grandmother to leave. He can’t pay attention, he can’t follow the rules, and he can’t help it — especially when his meds aren’t working.

Gantos writes so respectfully, sincerely, humorously, and deeply that this book is one of the most well-developed stories I have read.

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