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: Macmillan



"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: Macmillan



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.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

  • Filename: joey-pigza-swallowed-the-key.
  • ISBN: 076750979X
  • Release Date: 2001-01-01
  • Number of pages: 28
  • Author: Joyce Friedland
  • Publisher: Learning Links



Use Novel-Ties ® study guides as your total guided reading program. Reproducible pages in chapter-by-chapter format provide you with the right questions to ask, the important issues to discuss, and the organizational aids that help students get the most out of each book they read.

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?

What Would Joey Do

  • Filename: what-would-joey-do.
  • ISBN: 9780374399863
  • Release Date: 2002-10-21
  • Number of pages: 229
  • Author: Jack Gantos
  • Publisher: Macmillan



Joey tries to keep his life from degenerating into total chaos when his mother sends him to be home-schooled with a hostile blind girl, his divorced parents cannot stop fighting, and his grandmother is dying of emphysema.

Dead End in Norvelt

  • Filename: dead-end-in-norvelt.
  • ISBN: 9781429962506
  • Release Date: 2011-09-13
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Jack Gantos
  • Publisher: Macmillan



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.

The Trouble in Me

  • Filename: the-trouble-in-me.
  • ISBN: 9780374303457
  • Release Date: 2015-09-01
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Jack Gantos
  • Publisher: Macmillan



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.

Out of My Mind

  • Filename: out-of-my-mind.
  • ISBN: 9781416971719
  • Release Date: 2012-05-01
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Sharon M. Draper
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

This Jazz Man

  • Filename: this-jazz-man.
  • ISBN: 0547545746
  • Release Date: 2006-11-01
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: Karen Ehrhardt
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



In this toe-tapping jazz tribute, the traditional "This Old Man" gets a swinging makeover, and some of the era's best musicians take center stage. The tuneful text and vibrant illustrations bop, slide, and shimmy across the page as Satchmo plays one, Bojangles plays two . . . right on down the line to Charles Mingus, who plays nine, plucking strings that sound "divine." Easy on the ear and the eye, this playful introduction to nine jazz giants will teach children to count--and will give them every reason to get up and dance! Includes a brief biography of each musician.

Jack on the Tracks

  • Filename: jack-on-the-tracks.
  • ISBN: 1429978864
  • Release Date: 1999-07-01
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Jack Gantos
  • Publisher: Macmillan



From the Newbery Medal–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt, nine semi-autobiographical stories that will make you laugh so hard it hurts In Jack on the Tracks, fifth-grader Jack Henry is hoping for fresh adventure when he moves to a new home in Miami with his family, but he can't escape his old worrying ways. He worries about being fascinated with all things gross and disgusting. He worries about his crazy French-obsessed schoolteacher. And most of all he worries about worrying so much. In this cycle of interrelated stories, there may be light at the end of the tunnel, if only Jack can get on the right track to survive his outrageous year. This title has Common Core connections.

Hole in My Life

  • Filename: hole-in-my-life.
  • ISBN: 9780374706104
  • Release Date: 2002-03-26
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Jack Gantos
  • Publisher: Macmillan



Becoming a writer the hard way In the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer looking for adventure, cash for college tuition, and a way out of a dead-end job. For ten thousand dollars, he recklessly agreed to help sail a sixty-foot yacht loaded with a ton of hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City, where he and his partners sold the drug until federal agents caught up with them. For his part in the conspiracy, Gantos was sentenced to serve up to six years in prison. In Hole in My Life, this prizewinning author of over thirty books for young people confronts the period of struggle and confinement that marked the end of his own youth. On the surface, the narrative tumbles from one crazed moment to the next as Gantos pieces together the story of his restless final year of high school, his short-lived career as a criminal, and his time in prison. But running just beneath the action is the story of how Gantos – once he was locked up in a small, yellow-walled cell – moved from wanting to be a writer to writing, and how dedicating himself more fully to the thing he most wanted to do helped him endure and ultimately overcome the worst experience of his life. This title has Common Core connections. Hole in My Life is a 2003 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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