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What Would Joey Do? (Joey Pigza #3)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  858 Ratings  ·  100 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 it was amazing  ·  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
Jan 20, 2015 Ivan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If you like sad stories and drama books, I think you might want to read this book. The genre of this book is realistic fiction because of the way the book describes real life problems. The reviewer's opinion of the book is that it's a great book and an outgoing story.

The setting takes place at Joey's house and mostly at his mom's work place. Joey wanted his mom and dad to stop fighting and love each other. So, Joey decided that he was going to try to put them together without fig
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
Jenny Staller
Nov 23, 2015 Jenny Staller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always been a Gantos fan, and I'm not ashamed to admit my fanatical love for Joey Pigza in particular. If you enjoy audiobooks, this series is absolutely one to listen to, as Gantos himself does a phenomenal reading of each book.

The thing I think Gantos does so well is how he creates such a relatable, good-hearted, vulnerable, yet ultimately believable character with Joey. I thought his experiences and reactions to those experiences were completely authentic to his character, and even whe
Feb 27, 2009 Sheila rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blind, young-adult
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.
Mar 16, 2007 Bethany rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Jan 15, 2012 Kelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this a lot better than the 2nd. Again, Joey again proves to be amazing while surrounded by incredibly selfish adults.
Megan Cureton
Joey Pigza was a boy with a divorced mother and father that do nothing but argue and wears pads that controls him from being too hyper. He is mom's helper, Mrs. Lapp's helper, Olivia's helper, Grandma's helper, Dad's helper, Pablo's helper, and even a helper for a sack full of dogs! Joey tries to correct everything in his life and the lives of the people in his life before he learns that he should be putting himself first and letting the others figure out their lives on their own. He lives with ...more
Linda Lipko
Feb 18, 2012 Linda Lipko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Mar 02, 2016 Holden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked Jack Gantos What Would Joey Do. I like Jack Gantos because he does a nice job of making you feel like the book. I also like the Jack Gantos because he explains the characters. He explained Joey's grandmas situation and when and how she died. I liked the book because it reminds you that nobody is perfect.

He makes the grandma not care even when the dad is in the tree. He makes olivias mom religes so that joey can learn to like his family. He makes joeys dad be crazy to make his mom crazy s
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
Moussa Niang
Aug 15, 2012 Moussa Niang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Cameron Morris
Sep 28, 2015 Cameron Morris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What Would Joey Pigza Do? by Jack Gantos is about how Joey has to survive his crazy life with mean blind girls and a mom who wants to throw knives at Joey’s dad. I think that the title What Would Joey Pigza Do? makes sense because Joey has to wonder a lot about what he has to do to keep his family from killing each other. One big part of the book is when a blind girl named Olivia goes to Joey’s homeschool. Olivia is the most annoying person and will do the worst things to get Joey in trouble. T ...more
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
Sep 08, 2009 Tyree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-reading
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
Nov 07, 2012 Runtingli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: runtingli
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
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
The third book of the Joey Pigza series deals with tough topics and gets a little serious but will still make readers smile and laugh out loud. Joey is such a lovable character. He says and does things to make you cringe, but you still want to hug him. Gantos does an amazing job tackling the tough topics. Like the other Joey books, he expertly weaves humor into the story, in a way that is not disrespectful to the issues and will not depress readers. What Would Joey Do was supposed to be the fina ...more
Apr 12, 2008 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  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
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
Apr 05, 2009 Josiah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joey's dad is in town and bent on winning Joey's mom back, mostly by tearing up and down the street in his motorcycle and the two having screaming arguments in front of the neighbors. Joey finds himself caught in the middle of not just his parents, but his mean homeschooling partner Olivia and her religious mother, and his grandmother's declarations of her impending death and his not wanting to lose her. Joey wants to help everyone be happy but in the end he sees that sometimes one has to help h ...more
Alice Qu
Jan 30, 2012 Alice Qu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alison Durbin
Mar 18, 2015 Alison Durbin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter-books
I really enjoyed this book! I experienced a variety of feelings while reading this book, and I appreciated the fact that it made me do that. I was feeling hope for Joey, anger at his parents, and I laughed every time the grandma opened her mouth. As a future teacher, this book opened my eyes to the home lives of some children. It also taught me that if a kid has issues in school, I cannot blame the kid - it could be his/her environment that is at fault. I knew this already, but this book provide ...more
Aug 13, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 20, 2011 Gena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 06, 2012 Leah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Necole Vitale
More tolerable than the other books that I've read in this series so far (the first and the fourth), but I still wouldn't let my stepdaughter with ADHD read it, and I think it portrays children with physical disabilities (blindness) in horrible manners as well. So far all children with disabilities in this series are portrayed as manipulative creatures... NOT something I would want ANY child exposed to as part of a mandated reading curriculum in school.
Alexander M
Oct 19, 2010 Alexander M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!!!
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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, and many other well known characters such as Rotten Ralph, Jack Henry, Jack Gantos (memoirs) and others. Gantos has won a number of awards, including the Newbery, the Newbery Honor, the Scott O'Dell Award, the Printz Honor, and the Sibert Honor from the American Library Associ ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Joey Pigza (5 books)
  • Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Joey Pigza, #1)
  • Joey Pigza Loses Control (Joey Pigza, #2)
  • I Am Not Joey Pigza (Joey Pigza, #4)
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