“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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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I understand that the use of medication is often a blessing to hoey who interact with these children on a daily basis, but I fear sometimes that it is too often the first path that is taken instead of the last. What sensitive insight into a child struggling with ADHD or an impulse control disorder!

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. This book only confirms my admittedly purple suspicion that the whole system, stem to stern to all the parents who glance at me in veiled horror across the playground, blames me. Joey Pigza can’t sit still.

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He also has an overly optimistic view of life. When he is in kindergarten his father and mother abandon him. His new school, “Lancaster County Special Education Center”, finally addresses his academic, physical, social, emotional, and family issues.

Families can talk about ADHD. Joey grows by not only finding out what’s “messed up” about himself, but by discovering what is wrong with and what isn’t wrong with other kids, both those whose disabilities are visible and those whose aren’t.

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However, his mother has problems with alcohol and drinks daily. Jun 18, Julie rated it did not swwllowed it. As Joey knows, if he keeps making bad choices, he could just fall between the cracks for good. Nov 25, Jessie rated it liked it. I also would have liked to hear more about his experiences with lessons in school. After several incidents at school lead him to being threatened with a special education school, is it possible that he can learn to calm down without leaving?

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I find this book abhorrent to children and families of children who have ADHD! Peek into Stargirl’s diary in this moody sequel. This, and the pervasive discomfort and apologizing a parent of a behaviorally-challenged kid experiences around parents of his peers, hit home like a hammer. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

There was just a push for the child to constantly swaklowed medicated and the abusive homelife is hardly addressed in therapy. As a special educator, I was extremely disappointed with the references to special education in this story.

I love this book for what it does, and I think it’s a rare gem of a book for a kid who’s been in something approaching Joey’s shoes. Joey Pigza feels wired, and it makes it hard for him to succeed in school. If gave a view me such an amazing view of what it would be like to step into the shoes of a student who wanted so much to be good, but just couldn’t help himself.

I could also appreciate how complex his situation was, and I could appreciate the struggles of his teachers and mom to understand why he truly could not get his own behavior under control.

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Maxy, his teacher, spends much of the class’s school day trying to reel Joey in. I wondered if a student who read this would make an assumption that people with ADHD, also have dysfunctional families. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. This may be threading in some deeper water, but I just don’t want students like Joey to think that ADHD is equal to medication. Through reading, I could feel Joey’s frustration with just trying to get through a single day of being good.


This is a book that is fun to read while being so much more. Lists with This Book. F rom my experience this seems a fantastic insight into the mind of a child with ADHD. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

The stories are so unusual because Joey has bad ADHD and if he doesn’t have something in his hands or on his mind he goes crazy. Open Preview See a Problem? Third, there is always these concepts of kids in medication. The portrayal of the Special Education classroom as one that is totally segregated and in the basement is so rhe as to be a lie. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. This pibza has helped him on so many levels Will he ever get anything right?

He is a constant worry to himself and others.

Sep 17, Shawna rated it it was ok. Joey has the problem of always being high stung and he can’t seem to get himself to concentrate on anything.

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. Mar 26, Jane Woodside rated it really liked it Shelves: Sympathetic, realistic portrait of boy with ADHD.

Even for the reader who knows what’s going on inside Joey, this is a hard kid to like. I loved this when I read it myself, and I used it as a read aloud for 5th grade Read students and they loved it, too! The book describes the life of a child named Joey Pigza who frequently gets into trouble at school due to his erratic behavior.

There are so few books that feature kids with ADHD that it is swallowfd to find a kindred spirit.