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.

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 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?

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.

Hole in My Life

  • Filename: hole-in-my-life.
  • ISBN: 0374399883
  • Release Date: 2002-03-26
  • 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.

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.

Heads or Tails

  • Filename: heads-or-tails.
  • ISBN: 1429979119
  • Release Date: 1994-06-01
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: Jack Gantos
  • Publisher: Macmillan



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.

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.

Rotten Ralph Feels Rotten

  • Filename: rotten-ralph-feels-rotten.
  • ISBN: 1430100958
  • Release Date: 2007-03
  • Number of pages: 48
  • Author:
  • Publisher: Live Oak Media (NY)



Jack Gantos reads his wacky adventure about the irascible red cat with a penchant for disaster!

Born to Fly

  • Filename: born-to-fly.
  • ISBN: 9780375890963
  • Release Date: 2009-07-14
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Michael Ferrari
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers



Born to Fly tells the story of eleven-year-old tomboy Bird McGill. Ever since she can remember, Bird has loved flying in small propeller airplanes with her mechanic dad. When the local airstrip is turned into a military flight school, Bird is in heaven. But when a young Japanese American student named Kenji Fujita joins Bird’s class, the entire school seems to be convinced that he’s a spy, or at the very least, that he and his uncle want the Japanese to win. Bird is wary of Kenji, not just because he’s Japanese, but because he steals her flight-related topic for a school report and leaves her to write about the deadly boring local marsh weed. But on Bird’s first trip to the marsh, she and Kenji accidentally discover real spy activity in the area. Bird realizes that Kenji is actually a stand-up guy—and she and Kenji begin an adventure that will shake the town and may even change the future of the United States. Winner of the Dell Yearling Contest From the Hardcover edition.

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