Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

  • Filename: joey-pigza-swallowed-the-key.
  • ISBN: 1429936266
  • Release Date: 2011-07-05
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: Jack Gantos
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)



"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," which is what he calls the Ritalin pills that are supposed to even out his wild mood swings. Sometimes Joey makes bad choices. He learns the hard way that he shouldn't stick his finger in the pencil sharpener, or swallow his house key, or run with scissors. Joey ends up bouncing around a lot - and eventually he bounces himself all the way downown, into the district special-ed program, which could be the end of the line. As Joey knows, if he keeps making bad choices, he could just fall between the cracks for good. But he is determined not to let that happen. In this antic yet poignant new novel, Jack Gantos has perfect pitch in capturing the humor, the off-the-wall intensity, and the serious challenges that life presents to a kid dealing with hyper-activity and related disorders. This title has Common Core connections. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is a 1998 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

  • Filename: joey-pigza-swallowed-the-key.
  • ISBN: 0312623550
  • Release Date: 2011-07-05
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Author: Jack Gantos
  • Publisher: Macmillan



To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription medications wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

  • Filename: joey-pigza-swallowed-the-key.
  • ISBN: 9780440864332
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 187
  • Author: Jack Gantos
  • Publisher: Random House



'I think my brain is filled with bees.' Joey is a good kid, maybe even a great kid, but teaches say he's wired, they never know what he's going to do next. He bounces round the kitchen and spins down the school hall. He sharpens his fingers in the pencil sharpener and swallows his house key. He can't sit still for more than a minutea

Joey Pigza Loses Control

  • Filename: joey-pigza-loses-control.
  • ISBN: 0374706158
  • Release Date: 2011-07-05
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Jack Gantos
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)



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 the acclaimed Joey Pigza story, affirming not only that Joey Pigza is a true original but that it runs in the family. This title has Common Core connections. Joey Pigza Loses Control is a 2000 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and a 2001 Newbery Honor Book.

The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza

  • Filename: the-key-that-swallowed-joey-pigza.
  • ISBN: 9781448173754
  • Release Date: 2015-02-26
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Jack Gantos
  • Publisher: Random House



Joey Pigza is back in his fifth hilarious adventure, with illustrations by David Tazzyman.

What Would Joey Pigza Do

  • Filename: what-would-joey-pigza-do.
  • ISBN: 9780440870548
  • Release Date: 2014
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Jack Gantos
  • Publisher: Random House



'Joey Pigza, you need a life!' Grandma wants Joey to find a friend, stop running around after his NUTTY parents, and start looking after himself. But Joey's got other plans - he's going to be MR HELPFUL. Can Joey the secret superhero suceed in his mission to keey everybody SMILING?

I Am Not Joey Pigza

  • Filename: i-am-not-joey-pigza.
  • ISBN: 9781448157693
  • Release Date: 2012-08-31
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Jack Gantos
  • Publisher: Random House



Everything changes for Joey when his crazy, long-lost dad returns home after a lucky lottery win. Now they're rich, Carter Pigza truly believes that his family can start a whole new life and that means embarking on a brand new career running a busy diner - and changing their family name from Pigza to Heinz. Can Joey handle becoming Freddy? And how does he really feel about the fact that he's going to become a big brother?

Hole in My Life

  • Filename: hole-in-my-life.
  • ISBN: 0374430896
  • Release Date: 2004-09-08
  • Number of pages: 199
  • Author: Jack Gantos
  • Publisher: Macmillan



The author relates how, as a young adult, he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer. An ALA Notable Book. Reprint.

Rotten Ralph s Trick Or Treat

  • Filename: rotten-ralph-s-trick-or-treat.
  • ISBN: 0395389437
  • Release Date: 1986
  • Number of pages: 30
  • Author: Jack Gantos
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



Sarah's rotten cat, Ralph, goes to a Halloween costume party disguised as Sarah and creates horrible mischief. "Ralph's unpenitent devilry has great appeal for children, and this story's use of role reversal provides a thought-provoking twist." -- Publishers Weekly

Dead End in Norvelt

  • Filename: dead-end-in-norvelt.
  • ISBN: 9781429962506
  • Release Date: 2011-09-13
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Jack Gantos
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)



Dead End in Norvelt is the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year's best contribution to children's literature and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction! Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is "grounded for life" by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets. But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are coming Jack's way once his mom loans him out to help a fiesty old neighbor with a most unusual chore—typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his utopian town. As one obituary leads to another, Jack is launced on a strange adventure involving molten wax, Eleanor Roosevelt, twisted promises, a homemade airplane, Girl Scout cookies, a man on a trike, a dancing plague, voices from the past, Hells Angels . . . and possibly murder. Endlessly surprising, this sly, sharp-edged narrative is the author at his very best, making readers laugh out loud at the most unexpected things in a dead-funny depiction of growing up in a slightly off-kilter place where the past is present, the present is confusing, and the future is completely up in the air.

Reading Reconsidered

  • Filename: reading-reconsidered.
  • ISBN: 9781119104247
  • Release Date: 2016-02-29
  • Number of pages: 456
  • Author: Doug Lemov
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



In the 2010 article ?Building a Better Teacher??the article that ?launched? Teach Like a Champion, journalist Elizabeth Green compared two schools of thought?one that teaching skills were the most important driver of classroom learning, the other that content knowledge was the true driver. Some readers saw a conflict between these two perspectives. The authors of Reading Reconsidered have always thought that the answer was more complex: that technique was irreplaceable and helped teachers maximize the application of their subject knowledge but there was also no substitute for content knowledge. Moreover, they believed, there were in fact techniques specific to each of the content areas that drive results and could be delineated and learned like the general techniques in Teach Like a Champion. Reading Reconsidered is the authors' first effort to take on the challenge of defining subject specific methods. It is an anxious time for many teachers but also a time of great opportunity. This book will provide a road map from confusion to success. CONTENTS. Chapter 1: Reading the Data Chapter 2: Choosing What to Read Chapter 3: Close Reading Chapter 4: Making Non-Fiction Stick Chapter 5: The Epic Importance of Word Study and Vocabulary Chapter 6: Reading More; Reading Better Chapter 7: Interactive Reading Chapter 8: Writing for Reading Chapter 9: Intellectual Autonomy

The Trouble in Me

  • Filename: the-trouble-in-me.
  • ISBN: 9780374303457
  • Release Date: 2015-09-01
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Jack Gantos
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)



This fiery autobiographical novel captures a pivotal week or two in the life of fourteen-year-old Jack Gantos, as the author reveals the moment he began to slide off track as a kid who in just a few years would find himself locked up in a federal penitentiary for the crimes portrayed in the memoir Hole in My Life. Set in the Fort Lauderdale neighborhood of his family's latest rental home, The Trouble in Me opens with an explosive encounter in which Jack first meets his awesomely rebellious older neighbor, Gary Pagoda, just back from juvie for car theft. Instantly mesmerized, Jack decides he will do whatever it takes to be like Gary. As a follower, Jack is eager to leave his old self behind, and desperate for whatever crazy, hilarious, frightening thing might happen next. But he may not be as ready as he thinks when the trouble in him comes blazing to life. This title has Common Core connections.

Notice Note

  • Filename: notice-note.
  • ISBN: 032504693X
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 274
  • Author: G. Kylene Beers
  • Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books



Presents lessons intended to help students read literature with deeper understanding, introducing signposts that help them identify significant moments in literature and anchor questions that encourage them to read more closely.

Heads or Tails

  • Filename: heads-or-tails.
  • ISBN: 1429979119
  • Release Date: 1994-06-01
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: Jack Gantos
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)



From the Newbery Medal–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt, eight more hysterical semi-autobiographical Jack Henry stories about a sixth grader's trials and tribulations Jack's life is a crazy roller-coaster ride. At his fifth school in six years, he has a crackpot teacher who won't give him a break about his lousy handwriting and a secret crush who wants to be a policewoman. At home, he has a pesky little brother with a knack for getting hurt whenever Jack's supposed to be looking after him, a terror for an older sister, all sorts of weird neighbors, and, last but not least, ferocious alligators in the canal behind his house. Writing in his diary about his good days and bad days is one way Jack survives his up-and-down year. But he's also a kid who knows that life can go any which way at any given moment. He might as well flip a coin: heads he wins, tails he loses. What will turn up next? A Common Core title.

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