“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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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. Add your rating See all 9 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 22 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 mey 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. See how we rate.
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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. Joey’s mom is an alcoholic. Continue reading Show less. Stay up to date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox.
User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Adult Written by CBarr February 27, Language issue not shown in the initial review. My daughter who is 13 chose not to read it. The language bothered her.
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I did teh read the book myself. Adult Written by lauriklark November 16, Dysfunctional and alcoholic care givers. Young children will likely be very confused or even scared by the messages in Teen, 13 years old Written by Rosebud October 15, Teen, 15 years old Written by GraceGurl14 September 17, Is it any good?
Talk to your kids about Families can talk about ADHD. Do you know someone who acts like Joey? Do you ever feel like he does? Do you think his family could do a better job helping him? Coming of Age Book type: January 1, Publisher’s recommended age s: For kids who love great eky. Frequently Challenged Books for Kids and Teens. A must-read for middle-schoolers to discuss. Peek into Stargirl’s diary in this moody sequel.
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