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What Would Joey Do? (Joey Pigza #3)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  641 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Sequel to Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor Book

Are they flirting or fighting? This is Joey Pigza's question when the fireworks suddenly start to explode between his long-separated mom and dad, whom he's never really had a chance to see together. The more out of control his parents get, the less in control Joey feels and the more he wants to help make things better
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 21st 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published January 1st 2002)
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Nov 12, 2008 Mahrya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 8-14
Shelves: juvenilia
Gantos, Jack. What Would Joey Do? Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 229 pages. Fictional chapter book, series book.

Description: Ever since going on medicine for ADHD, Joey is intent on helping people. He tries to help his childish parents, his ailing grandma and a blind girl who he is also desperately trying to befriend. In the end, Joey realizes that you really only have control over yourself.

Review: What Would Joey Do? does a wonderful job of occupying the headspace of the hyperactive, Ritalin-medica
Susan Wight
This is the third in a series of books about Joey Pigza. In the first two books Joey was evidently diagnosed with ADHD and, after a series of incidents at his original school, sent to a special school. Joey is certainly having a tough time - his parents are too busy with their love/hate separation dramas for either of them to have much time for him; meanwhile his grandmother is wheezing her way through her final days in a partitioned section of the lounge-room and mum’s new boyfriend is trying h ...more
Mar 16, 2007 Bethany rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: funnybooks
When asked to make a list of his wishes, Joey comes up with "I wish my dog could speak," and "I wish jam and jelly were the same thing." That was only one of the moments in the book that made me want to laugh out loud. The book is not just funny, but also thoughtful and sad at times. Gantos' narrative feels rather like a hurricane, but then, so does Joey's behavior. The ending is happy without being trite and makes a nice resolution for the series.
I bought this youth book because one of the characters is a blind homeschooled girl. But I don't think I would want kids to read this book. It is very sad, the boy Joey has ADHD and only gets by using medicine patches, his family is totally dysfunctional, his grandma dies and nobody cries, and it is just not a book with any good values. This is one of a series, and I would hate to see what the rest are like.
This book is about a boy name Joey who makes a smart decision that changes his life around. His decision was to be more careful about what he says to adults and classmates, and to do everything that is exspected of him by his teachers. That really changed his life and what people think of him now.
I can connect to this book because last year before 7th grade was over me and my friends were hanging out and we was talking about 8th grade and I said 8th grade is important. We have to change our beha
Linda Lipko
I like this book so much that words will not suffice to list all the reasons why.

I'll start by stating that anyone who scoffs at the YA genre might want to give this a try and see if you feel the same after you have finished the final page.

No stranger to awards, Jack Gantos received the Newbery honor for Joey Pigza Loses Control, the Newbery Medal for Dead in Norvelt the Printz Honor and the Sibert Honor for Hole In My Life and he was a National Book Award finalist for Joey Pigza Swallowed the K
The story is about a child named Joey Pigza who has ADHD.His father Carter Pigza, who also has ADHD is riding his motorcycle around the neighborhood. Joey's mother comes out to scream at him, resulting in him crashing his motorcycle into a tree, where a branch stabs him. Joey's mom has him homeschooled by Mrs. Lapp, along with a cruel blind girl named Olivia Lapp, whom his grandma wants Joey to make friends with. His father kept on bugging their family so they put a restraining order to keep him ...more
This book made me laugh out loud and made me cry! The main character, Joey, is struggling with crazy situations at home, at school, and in his social life...all of which are not what you would consider "normal." Joey lives with his mother and grandmother, but his father keeps riding by on his motorcycle to harass them, his grandmother is sick enough that she doesn't really move from the couch in their living room, and he is homeschooled by the mother of a blind girl who lives down the street. Hi ...more
In What Would Joey Do? The story of Joey Pigza continues. His Dad has returned to Lancaster,Pa.; his Mom has a new boyfriend and his Grandma is still determined to die. Of all of these characters, Joey seems to be the most sane one. He tries to be friends with Olivia and at the encouragement of his Mom finds himself being home schooled by Olivia's Mom. This is nothing but trouble. Olivia deliberately causesd Joey to get in trouble . Joey knows that Olivia is trouble but his Grandma insists that ...more
Moussa Niang
1) I enjoyed the book What would Joey Do because the book talks about a boy who has a crazy family who argues a lot. Joey's mom fights the dad and ends up hurting each other. For example Joey's mom makes the dad fall of his motocycle and into and tree. A branch is stuck in him and is bleeding(p.15). Another example is when Joey's dad ruins the Thanksgiving dinner and mad Joey's mom waste all the pie and food(p.170). Joey keeps asking himself what would Joey do and I think the anwser is try and h ...more
Reading this makes me laugh so hard, I scare my cats. Seriously, it is laugh-out-loud hilarious. And I love Jack Gantos because he finds humor in the life of a kid with a rough time. Joey has ADHD and a really dysfunctional family. I think kids with challenging life circumstances would find comic relief in Joey's life. I also think they'd find comfort in knowing that Jack Gantos understands their lives.
Sandra Porter
Joey has a crazy family,and the book has him dealing with it. His parents are divorced but Dad wants Mom back. He had trouble with school and has to be tutored by a mean ,blind girl. He has a Grandma that is always dying. Despite the way out there family, I actually think that there are many families out there that aren't much different and maybe some students could relate to the craziness.
narrative novel
When I first read this book, I think Joey has a bad childhood. I completely this book , you can not know what happened in next time, but Joey is ready to meet.
I want recommend Joey, his positive, he has strong spirit.
My rating is best, this book can make you to experience a new heart trip.
what would joey do?
You never no what surprise in play.
Later, Joey went bank to study normally in his old school, and he stated thought that he 'was in where belong'.
Somebody is living but like
A great series. Joey is such a valiant kid. He really finds his voice in this book and speaks honestly to his parents. Also great for kids who might need to learn a little empathy. It's impossible not to see Joey's side in this story and feel his dilemmas. And it all wrapped up in a very funny and touching plot. I'm sad it's ending with this third book.
Third book in the Joey series. The mother is much less sympathetic in this book than the other two--to me it seemed like she was a completely different character. The father is still crazy and completely unlikable and often frightening. The grandmother character is developed more in this book and is actually made much more sympathetic than in the other books. We see a bit more of her past, she tries to convince Joey to go make friends so he doesn't end up like her. Joey is homeschooled with a bl ...more
Nasyir Cuza
The Story "What would Joey Pigza Do?" is about a kid who has a wired medical condition. Before he was the crazy one, and now he is the normal one. His Grandma threatened that she would haunt him if he doesn't make a friend. And this, Olivia, who was the meanest to Joey, decides to kiss him at the end of the book! I think the Joeys Mom is not taking responsibility and dealing with her problems where they are at, instead she decides to run off with her with her new boyfriend, Booth, who think he i ...more
Annika B.
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Apr 21, 2008 Carrie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 4th or 5th grade boys
A fabulous insight into the struggles and strengths of children with ADD and ADHD. Joey seems like a hyperactive kid who can't focus, but he has the most tender of hearts and just longs for order in his chaotic life. I was a little annoyed by how ridiculously rude Olivia Lapp was to Joey-- made it very difficult to sympathize with her character. Also, the representation of Mrs. Lapp as a straitlaced religious mother was a bit stereotypical and therefore one-dimensional. The depth in Joey's chara ...more
Ashley Knappick
Not as good as the first one but better than the second one
Laugh-out-loud funny and oh-so-clever
This book really surprised me! It totally blew me away, in my opinion surpassing the quality of "Joey Pigza Loses Control" by a good margine, and rating right up there with "Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key". Few people can write with the dead-on perception of Jack Gantos when he is at his best, and the magical insightfulness entwined in these pages spoke to my heart as resoundingly and personally as did the first Joey Pigza volume. I feel as if I not only know Joey Pigza personally, but that he is ...more
Quinn Q
These books are GOOD!!
Alice Qu
I think that Joey's mother and father had taken it too far. I mean, trying to throw a knife between the eyes of Joey's dad? Isn't that too far? And stealing Joey's dog just to talk to him? Really? Maybe Joey's family is really crazy, but still, it's your family, and you have to except the way they are. It was really sad when Joey's grandma died, Joey's grandma understood his feelings, understood how it is like to live with his dad, they had many things in common, as what Joey thinks, "Grandma is ...more
My favorite Joey so far.
A fun interesting read with great sarcasm and humor.
My first grader has been reading Gantos' Rotten Ralph books so I thought I'd check out the Joey Pigza series which has been around for over a decade. Hilarious! I listened to this 3rd book in the series on cd (read by the author) and it had me cracking up in the car. Joey is the sane one in this family as he has to watch his divorced parents battle it out (literally). There are some serious issues here and reading them from a child's point of view is quite poignant.
Joey seems to have done some growing up in this book. I read it as 3rd in the series to my class of behaviorally challenged boys, and they really liked how much he'd learned to control himself, despite the really tough situations he found himself in. We were able to have some good discussions about choices he made, tricks he used to calm himself, and how sometimes we have to do what's right, even when those around us are making poor choices.
Alexander M
I think this was a good book! It was very realistic in many parts. Only some were a little unbelievable. It had many funny parts that made me laugh like when his Dad stole all of the dogs in town to get his son Joey to talk to him! There was a lot of conflict which kept me entertained! Like when his Mom threw the Thanksgiving turkey at him. And when his Dad kept driving by on his motorcycle! Over all it was a good book!!!
We listened to this book on CD during a recent car trip. It is very dark. Joey handles his crazy criminal destructive psycho family well considering, but this was a new side of life for my boys to hear about. I would not recommend it for a nine year old, and maybe more for a 12 or 13 year old who is tougher when it comes to gritty stories. Very well written however and Joey does prevail against all odds.
Brad McMasters
Jan 25, 2008 Brad McMasters rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with or who knows someone with ADD/ADHD
Recommended to Brad by: the author's reputation preceded him
Shelves: juvenile
This is my favorite of the three books. Joey is growing up and his dying grandmother (I love her!) is the only person who really understands him. Read my review of "Joey Pigza Swallows the Key" to get more of a review of the premise of the series.

The relationship between Joey and his grandmother is unique but the situation of grandparents raising grandchildren is increasingly more common these days.
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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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