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Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos

Joey Pigza Loses Control (2000)

by Jack Gantos

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This book is about a boy names Joey Pigza who suffers from ADHD. The story begins with his mother taking him to spend a summer with his father whom he has not seen for a long time before due to his alcoholism. He spends the summer by joining his dads baseball team and catching up on old times. His father still suffers from adhd and addiction and tries to be a good mentor to Joey by making him feel like he can control his life without his medications. After his medicine gets flushed down the toilet the ends of summer for Joey is spent trying to keep control but it ends up turning into a disaster.
  laurenmaune | Oct 5, 2015 |
“Joey Pigza Loses Control” by Jack Gantos does a wonderful job educating the reader about what life with ADD/ADHD is like. Joey Pigza, the main character, is visiting his father, Carter, for the first time in years. Carter decides that Joey should learn to function like other kids without the help of a doctor’s prescription. Gantos is able to maintain an insider’s point of view throughout the entire text in order to authentically portray what life is like with this disability. My only critique of this book is that Joey is portrayed more as stereotype than as an individual. However, I would still recommend this book to elementary school teachers to educate their students about ADD/ADHD. ( )
  swarnk1 | Sep 14, 2015 |
The sequel to Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist

When Joey Pigza meets his dad for the first time in years, he meets a grown-up version of his old out-of-control self. Carter Pigza is as wired as Joey used to be -- before his stint in special ed, and before he got his new meds.

Joey's mom reluctantly agrees that he can stay with his dad for a summer visit, which sends Joey racing with sky-high hopes that he and Carter can finally get to know each other. But as the weeks whirl by, Carter has bigger plans in mind. He decides that just as he has pulled himself up by his own bootstraps, Joey can do the same and become as normal as any kid, without the help of a doctor's prescription. Carter believes Joey can do it and Joey wants to believe him more than anything in the world.

Here is the continuation of Jack Gantos' acclaimed Joey Pigza story, affirming not only that Joey Pigza is a true original but that it runs in the family (amazon).
  AmyStepaniuk | Sep 4, 2015 |
Joey's adventures in getting better. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
Joey Pigza is a young boy who suffers from ADD and ADHD. He is going to be spending 6 weeks with his father, who he has never met before. However, his father does not like that he has issues, and forces Joey to not take his medicine. Instead Carter Pigza, his Dad, wants Joey to play baseball, which Joey is actually pretty good at. His father is very similar to Carter wired for hyperactivity. The book details the different relationships that Joey has with both his mother and father over one summer.
I think this book shows that families are not always perfect. It also displays how a child with a mental struggle lives.
This book would be appropriate for students grades 6th and up.
  Helen.Broecker | Dec 8, 2014 |
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The loveable, disaster-prone hero of Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is back, this time in charge of his attention deficit disorder and ready to greet the world as a normal kid--with the help of his new and improved meds, of course. Now that Joey has a handle on his actions, he feels prepared to face the most mysterious member of his family--his estranged father, Carter Pigza. He convinces his skeptical mom to let him spend part of his summer vacation getting to know his dad again. The only problem is that Joey's dad is just as wired as Joey used to be: "I looked over at his mouth, which never seemed to close--not even the lips touched together--and it made me dizzy to listen to him." Carter believes that Joey can kick his ADD the way he himself kicked alcoholism--cold turkey. But when Carter flushes his meds, Joey has to decide if being friends with his dad is worth losing his hard-won self-control. "That old Joey was coming to get me and I couldn't do anything about it... I closed my eyes and told myself to sleep while I could."

Jack Gantos's second book about Joey Pigza is just as delightful and soulful as his first. Joey's attempts to keep the fragile peace in his life intact are touching, and his intense longing to just be normal will mirror the feelings of most preteens, whether they have ADD or not. Joey Pigza may sometimes lose control, but he never loses his heart. This is an exceptional sequel. (Ages 10 and older) --Jennifer Hubert

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Joey, who is still taking medication to keep him from getting too wired, goes to spend the summer with the hard-drinking father he has never known and tries to help the baseball team he coaches win the championship.

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