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Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos

Joey Pigza Loses Control (2000)

by Jack Gantos

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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 |
I think this book is real triumph! Joey is such an original and identifiable character with lots of children and this is such a fun, fast and enjoyable read. I recommend this book to any parent. ( )
  Andymcclellan_93 | Oct 6, 2014 |
great book for kids to understand about learning disabilities
  NanceeL | Apr 1, 2012 |
This 2001 Newbery Honor book is well deserving of the award. It is yet another excellent example of the YA genre that resonates with all age groups.

Joey Pigza has ADHD. Well aware that he needs the medicinal patches to control his frenetic behavior, Joey has learned that without the patches, he is another person.

When Joey's mother reluctantly allows him to spend six weeks with his father, it is a test to see who is more out of control -- the son or the father.

Throwing away the patches, Joey's self absorbed father encourages Joey to be a man. Surrounded by a oxygen-toting, chain-smoking grandmother, a six-pack an hour father, while Joey's mind and body are bouncing off the wall, he is the voice of logic and he quickly realizes that his self absorbed father has little thought for others.

This is a humorous, yet poignantly sad tale of a child who is wiser than his father. As he listens to hour after hour after hour of his father's stories while his father takes no time or energy to know him, Joey deeply appreciates the two steady forces in his life, his funny, spunky dog and his loving, kind, other-directed mother.

While deprived of his much needed meds, Joey still has the clarity to call his mother to come to the rescue.

Highly recommended!
1 vote Whisper1 | Feb 4, 2012 |
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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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