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Joey Pigza Loses Control (Joey Pigza #2)

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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 summ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Square Fish (first published January 1st 2000)
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Linda Lipko
This 2001 Newbery Honor book is well deserving of the award. It is yet another excellent example of the YA genre that resonates with all age groups.

Joey Pigza has ADHD. Well aware that he needs the medicinal patches to control his frenetic behavior, Joey has learned that without the patches, he is another person.

When Joey's mother reluctantly allows him to spend six weeks with his father, it is a test to see who is more out of control -- the son or the father.

Throwing away the patches, Joey's se...more
I am very conflicted about this book.

On the one hand, I loved Joey Pigza. He jumped off of the page as a fully-formed, odd ball kid who was awesome and complex, and I wanted to share him with people in my life.

I wanted to share his internal monologue about the challenges of dual identities - the "Mom" Joey and the "Dad" Joey, since they are not together and in fact barely civil, and both want different things from him - with a certain child of divorced parents in my life, who I thought would nee...more
Imagine your parents are divorced and you live with your mom , but your dad never came to visit you , one summer your dad calls and asks for you and asks you if you want to go with him.You say yes.Your finally there and the whole summer your trying to get him to tell you why he never came to visit you , and he never tells you why.How would you feel.The genre of this book is realistic fiction because Joey talks about stuff that actually happens in real life. My opinion is that the book is very go...more
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This is realistic fiction alright. Joey Pigza is a very lovable protagonist who suffers from ADHD. He spends the summer with his estranged father who encourages him to quit taking his medication. In a less courageous book, this situation would be played only for laughs, but the book deals with the very serious (though, yes, often funny) consequences of this. I was shocked by the ending. It was very bittersweet. This book is clearly aimed at kids who are capable of handling an ending that doesn't...more
Is ur mom and dad divorced? Joey Pigza's parents are and he never gets to see his dad until this summer. He is going to spend 6 months with him he is excited but nervous at the same time. The genre of this book is realistic fiction because what happened to Joey could happen to any child. This book was good because i can also relate to the story because my mom and dad are seperated and i only get to see my dad once in a while and i live with mmy mom.
The setting takes place in a big city. The Bo...more
I just love this book I think it is truly amazing. In the book a boy named Joey Pigza spends the summer with his dad, and during the summer many cray things happen. I just truly love this book. I love how the book has its twist and turns. In the end you just want to start over again.
Colby Sharp
2001 Newbery Honor

WOW-now I understand why people love Mr. Gantos. I'm not a fan of his book that won the Newbery, but this book was CRAZY AWESOME!
Joey now has a dog and they both go to stay for the summer with his father who is a recovering alcoholic and his grandmother, the one his mother took him back from in the first book. He starts pitching on the team his father has to coach (for community service) and deals with his father taking away his mediation.
I liked that this was the view point and experiences of the kid. It's one thing to read about a child with this behavior and another to live with it either as other (parent/teacher/etc.)...more
Dan Fleming
I thought this book was fantastic! It made me laugh out loud but it also made me feel sad because it reminded me of how hard it is for some kids to deal with their family situations. Jack Gantos did such a great job of letting the reader know what it is like to have ADHD. You actually get into the head of Joey and how he thinks with ADHD.This book is about a young boy named Joey who had ADHD. Joey just meets his dad for the first time in years. Joey thinks that Carter is like a grow-up version o...more
this book is about Joey Pigza he is a kid who has a medicine patch to keep him under control since he is really crazy without it. he is in special ed since he is so wild. he has a bald spot cause he scratch it a lot and scrachted all the hair off thast spot and made it bleed. he is going to spend time with his father who is just like him. while he is at his dads house his dad gets rid of his patches. joey dosent know what to do? he is woried that he will lose control! can he control himself with...more
Ann Carpenter
I have not read the first book in the series, so I came at this book with no prior knowledge of Joey or his relationships with family members.

Looking at the book from a Newbery perspective (the book received an Honor), I can easily see that characterization was probably one of the number one attributes the committee was recognizing in giving the book an award. The main characters are all sharply and realistically drawn. Carter is trying to do what he thinks is right, he just is a failure. The g...more
Paola M
Oct 29, 2008 Paola M rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who likes humorous books that teach you a message!
Recommended to Paola M by: Tim Henkels
I looked at the front cover, and knew right away that it was the perfect book for me to read.....
Life is just what it is, we can’t change it or give it away, we have to try new things, reach old dreams, and look forward to life, what i really enjoyed about joey, and got me impressed, was that he lost control but he never lost his heart! Joey in the real world, has to struggle against ADD (attention deficit disorder). Joey doesn’t understand, with his ADD problem, things are not ea...more
Jessica Kohout
Joey Pigza Loses Control is about a boy who spends the summer with his estranged father who has allegedly changed his irresponsible ways and wants to start his relationship with his son anew. Joey loves his father, but eventually learns that his father does not have all the right answers, can be irresponsible and selfish, and has not turned his life around.

The description of Joey’s thoughts and actions make his characterization convincing and relatable to the reader. Joey is a believable charact...more
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Patience Thomas
I had read another of Jack Gantos'books, Dead End in Norvelt, which I enjoyed very much but this book I found very disturbing. It may have been the plot in which Gantos described a dysfunctional family system extremely vividly. It is a story about a boy from a split family. He has an mental and emotional disorder ( hyperactivity ) for which he is medicated with a patch. His Mom, with whom he lives, is very nurturing. Out of curiousity, Joey decides that he'd like to go visit his Dad for the summ...more
This book is a great read for both students and teachers. As a teacher, it gives me a fresh reminder of the way my students with ADHD behave and why. For students, there is a lot in Joey to relate to. First, Joey is a character with with is presumedly ADHD which is GREAT because there are so few books that deal with this disorder in a main character. Or at all. Second, Joey's parents aren't together for Very Important Reasons and JPLC goes through Joey's thinking cycle of his parents' divorce an...more
Maggie Lyons
This intense and darkly humorous middle-grade novel, the sequel to Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, is a cautionary tale that could strike a chord with adult readers as well as middle-graders. Gantos’s portrayal of Joey’s irresponsible father should speak to any adult reader, and perhaps—and unfortunately—more than a few kids will also recognize him as an all-too-familiar figure in real life. Jack Gantos’s account of Joey’s struggle with ADHD is equally attention grabbing. His fluent and compelling...more
Joey Pigza Loses Control / Jack Gantos. 1st paperback ed. New York, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. (2000).
ISBN 0-374-39989-1
2nd book in the Joey Pigza series
Awards: Newbery Honor (2001)

I would recommend this book to boys in middle school. There are some heavy themes in the book: alcoholism, smoking, divorce, and children with ADHD. Joey doesn't mean to get into trouble so much, but he often finds himself in crazy situations, which readers will find funny. Many boys will be able to...more
Joey Pigza is a little boy with ADHD who goes to live with his dad for the summer. He wants to make the best out of his time with his dad and wants to show him that he has changed and is not as hyper as he use to be. Joey's dad is a lot like him though. When he was young, he was a lot like Joey and the last thing he wants for his son is to grow up and be like he is now. Joey's dad, Carter Pigza, wants to make up for what he has done in the past and wants to show Joey how to be " a winner" and to...more
Moussa Niang
I like the book Joey Pigza Loses control because it talks about family and how one kid lives with his father but learns somethings about him. Also there are times when family is together. For example when Joey finds out that his father drinks beer in the the morning(p.131) and how his fahter got aressetd. An example of family together is when Joey goes to story book land with his father(p.24). You would like this book if you where into sports like baseball or if you like momaits of caring and lo...more
Timothy M
I am currently reading Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos. In the book, Joey meets his father for the first time and his father tries to make up for past wrongs. Joey and his father both have ADHD. After a while, Joey figures out just how bad his father really is. I really like the parts where Joey pitches for his father's baseball team because I personally love baseball and have a great time playing it. I can relate to Joey because we're both very curious and love to have the freedom to ex...more
Gantos, J. (2000). Joey Pigza Loses Control. New York: HarperTrophy.


Joey’s back and he’s facing a new challenge: Meeting his father for the first time and visiting his difficult grandma, whose health is declining.

This book deals more deeply with issues only touched on the first book: The results of a lifetime of smoking, parental alcoholism, the need for ADHD medication, parental pressure, the desire for a united family, etc. Also, this book may appeal to sports fans, since Joey spends...more
Talha Alrai
Joey Pigza,s parents are divorced. He lives with his mom and now he really wants to spend his summer with his dad,Carter. His mom allows him even though she is not convinced its a good idea. Joey has a chuwawa,
Pablo. Joey needs some medicine to keep him undercontrol.

Carter is a irresponsible person and one day he drinks so heavily that he decides that Joey doesnt need that medicine and then flushed the medicine. His mother gave Joey some emergency money to call her but Joey,s grandma spends the...more
Irene McHugh
Apr 12, 2011 Irene McHugh rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Irene by: Peggy
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
I keep meaning to read more of the Joey Pigza books. If you know someone who is struggling with ADD or ADHD, then they make genuinely like this book. Joey is just getting his middle school life together and learning how to cope with his ADHD. Then he goes to visit his stellar dad and grandma for the summer. Dad, an alcoholic who swears he's on the wagon, disposes of Joey's medication. Joey doesn't want to see his dad as the screwed-up alcoholic that he really is. When Joey finally accepts that h...more

Joey Pigza is a sad, but adventurous story about a little boy whoms Dad ran away when he was a child. Joey Pigza is not you adverage kid, Joey has to be on meds. When he's not on meds, he loses control. Joey is ubsessed with meeting his dad. when his single mother finally agrees dor him to stay with him for the summer, things go terrably wrong.

This story is set in New York, New York, summertime. Joey, as a child, knew his old, smoking, and mean Grandma,...more
Joey Pigza
I really really liked this book. I was surprised that joey pigza was worried about what his dad would think of him when they meet. I wonder if joey dad really wanted to meet Joey i know that he said he did but i has been so long since he has seen him. When i was reading this book i had a lot of questions and some of them were answered but other weren't. Joey pigza is and was very funny in this book although it seems that he is a wild little boy who can't sit still and always gets i t...more
Adrianna Costello
Mar 29, 2008 Adrianna Costello rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5th grade and up
Shelves: childrensfiction
This is the second book in the Joey Pigza series, which I didn't realize when I started it, but I had no trouble with the storyline not having read the first book (Joey Pigza Swallows the Key), which I am planning to read.

I very much liked this book, even though there are some difficult dynamics going on with the characters. This family is definitely dysfunctional (aren't we all, I mean, really?!), and author Jack Gantos portrays it quite intensely. I thought it was a great story about a boy who...more
I find the Joey Pigza series to be difficult books to read. Joey is a likeable character but, what happens to him seems at times seems a bit too much to be real. The tone of the Joeys books is like Desperate Housewives just too far out to be real. The adults around Joey you also have to wonder about. Such as why his Mom would allow Joey to be under the care of his out of control father and his somewhat abusive grandmother. I do also wonder how the poor dog is going to survive.

I like Joey but, t...more
Joey Pigza needs his meds, and he knows he needs his meds. He has an adult appreciation of his out-of-control behaviors. So adult, that he realizes he’s more grown up than his own estranged dad. Then again, Joey is still Little League age. And still ADD. So this book once again has its share of “Joey drives Dad’s car” and “Joey covers himself in shaving cream” and “Joey stuffs Grandma in a shopping cart to help her buy her cigarettes.”

When the craziness hits, Joey itemizes the damages, and it’s...more
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Jack Gantos is an American author of children's books renowned for his portrayal of fictional Joey Pigza, a boy with ADHD. Gantos has won a number of awards, including the Newbery Honor, the Printz Honor, and the Sibert Honor from the American Library Association, and he has been a finalist for the National Book Award. His newest book, The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs (2006), deals with twins, euge...more
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