“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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The child gets into trouble over and over again, eventually cutting off a girl’s nose with a pair of scissors.

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This book is about a boy named Joey who has some tough times when it comes to yhe things and paying attention. Probably my favourite thing about the book was the way the sentence structure reflected the hyperactivity with long run-on sentences being used.

At times my heart ached for Joey; he is just a young boy and has already been faced with so much in life.

Consider how Gantos describes a hyperactive Joey literally bouncing off the walls of the school hallway at the beginning of the story p. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. The language bothered her. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Why would Joey swallow a key?

Now that we have more and more students with special needs attending swallowfd education classes NCLBI highly recommend this book for all regular education teachers. When Joey gets back to school after the trip he is working on a project to change the world inspired by ab assembly he snuck into. Joey had faced some problems in his home life with parents and I am positive many children can relate to that as well. He gets taken out of his school and brought to a new school.

Outcasts join forces swallowrd conquer readers’ hearts. The setting of this book is very clear and easy to follow, along with the plot.


Feb 22, Rian rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s a fhe read that doesn’t have a blatant moral, and it tells the truth, especially noticeable for students with ADHD. I liked his description of feeling like he was sitting on a spring. I am very double minded about this book. Joey Pigza Book 1 Paperback: This book must have been yhe thirty years ago.

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But while I felt sorry for Joey, he felt Joey was “an idiot”. Keey life at home is very chaotic and definitely contributed to his many issues. We’ve all had experiences with kids like Joey, but for readers who want to understand their struggles, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key would be a great read.

Thank you for your feedback. Grandma took off once mom arrived. Joey is left under the care of an abusive grandmother who also exhibits ADHD symptoms. He gets in trouble. Though, it does not provide any insight into how to work with ADHD children. The plot was easy to follow and even though it jpey many d Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is about a very energetic boy who just cannot seem to sit still. If you ARE an alcoholic parent, etc. The couple has one child, Thw, and they live in Boston, Massachusetts.

And for the record, I’ve rarely seen doting attendant parents in special ed classrooms. Joey whirls through life like the Tasmanian Devil, his body’s uncontrollable impulses running far ahead of his ability to control them. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate.

Pivza instance, in the first book, Joey puts his finger in a pencil sharpener because he wants to have “Dracula nails.

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

However, it would seem to make a good primer for what new grade school teachers might need to watch for. That any school would put this on their required reading list as representative of what a “typical” child with ADHD is like is bothersome.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Feb 23, Rebecca rated it it was amazing Shelves: Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. While medicating Joey with his “litte blue pills,” she is medicating herself with alcohol at the same time.


It is also very well written. But there is no doubt about it, I’m wired”. I could use this book in my classroom for sure to help show students a better insight on ADHD.

Joey is sent to a special ed. Joey Pigza’s got heart, he’s got a mom who loves him, and he’s got “dud meds,” which is what he calls the Ritalin pills that are supposed to even out his wild mood swings. Joey knows he’s really a good kid, but no matter how hard josy tries to do the right thing, something always seems to go wrong.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

It can be extremely frustrating, for both the child and those around him. Overall, this story was well written and very engaging to read. However, Joey’s ADHD causes him to get into ever more destructive situations that culminates in Joey accidentally maiming pogza girl’s nose. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is about a very energetic boy who just cannot seem to sit still.

As an adult it brings up all sorts of questions about how children with ADHD and other special needs should be treated, brought up and educated. With all this said i would give this book a four because; there where parts that where very confusing but i really enjoyed this book.

Hes tring to teach children not to do swqllowed unlike he did because, he wants children to do better then he did. Now, everything has to be neat and tidy and it makes Joey more prone to go crazy.