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See free resources for parents and educators to teach kids about social justice and racial equality. Skip to Content. This sympathetic but realistic portrait of a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD helps children and adults understand the syndrome better. Joey misbehaves constantly but never intentionally. HIs mother's alcoholism figures in the story. Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus.
Join now. Add your rating See all 9 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 23 kid reviews. Joey whirls through life like the Tasmanian Devil, his body's uncontrollable impulses running far ahead of his ability to control them. Even for the reader who knows what's going on inside Joey, this is a hard kid to like. Nonetheless, author Jack Gantos succeeds in making him sympathetic and bringing out his inherent goodness. The teachers, the principal, and even his alcoholic mother all are portrayed as kind -- if worn out -- people who are doing the best they can.
Though much of the story is realistic, in the end the solutions come a bit too easily. And given that medicating children with this syndrome is controversial, some readers may be bothered that the solution is almost entirely a matter of giving Joey the right medication. This novel, one of the best about this common disorder, will be interesting to most children and adults. Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.
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Parents' Ultimate Guide to Support our work! Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key. Popular with kids. Sympathetic, realistic portrait of boy with ADHD. Jack Gantos Coming of Age Rate book. Read or buy. Based on 9 reviews. Based on 23 reviews. Get it now Searching for streaming and purchasing options Common Sense is a nonprofit organization.
Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. Get it now on Searching for streaming and purchasing options A lot or a little? The parents' guide to what's in this book. Positive Messages. Joey's mom is an alcoholic. Set limits for violence and more with Plus. Stay up to date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Parent Written by Mrs A January 16, Some parents or teachers might object that the book, which is meant for middle-grade readers, is too real.
Continue reading. Report this review. Parent of a 2 and 4-year-old Written by donallen January 1, Joey I really don't like the book. It made Joey seem dumb and violent. Teen, 13 years old Written by wxwxwxwx July 21, He was sent to a special education center. What's the story? Continue reading Show less.
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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos - review
T he Joey Pigza series by Jack Gantos is so intriguing that once you read one of the books you want to read all of them. The stories are so unusual because Joey has bad ADHD and if he doesn't have something in his hands or on his mind he goes crazy. His medicine helps, but not all the time. And his dad has even worse ADHD. His dad gets ideas, and he just can't stop.
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
This book is about a character who has ADD attention deficit disorder. The story goes through what this character goes through every day, including thoughts of his own. This story shows different Joey struggles to obey. His medication only helps sometimes. He finds his attention span and his ability to sit still stops when his medication wears off. He feels trapped to do what his body wants