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What Would Joey Do? (Joey Pigza #3)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  691 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Joey's dad just roared into town on a motorcycle, his mom is chasing her ex-husband away with a broomstick, and his grandma's camped out on the couch behind a plastic shower curtain. What's more, Joey's chihuahua has been dognapped, and his mom insists that he be homeschooled with a mean blind girl and her super-religious mother. Welcome to Joey's world.

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Paperback, 229 pages
Published April 13th 2004 by Harpercoll (first published January 1st 2002)
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Mahrya
Nov 12, 2008 Mahrya rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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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
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
Bethany
Mar 16, 2007 Bethany rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
Sheila
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.
Joyce
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
Alison Durbin
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
Ivan
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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
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Tyree
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
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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
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83petersimpson
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
Erin
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
Donna
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
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.
Christy
Joey's dad just roared into town on a motorcycle, his mom is chasing her ex-husband away with a broomstick, and his grandma's camped out on the couch behind a plastic shower curtain. What's more, Joey's chihuahua has been dognapped, and his mom insists that he be homeschooled with a mean blind girl and her super-religious mother. Welcome to Joey's world.
Mary
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.
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
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Gillian
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.
Jessica
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
Suzanne
This is actually a reread so that I can remember details and catch up before I read the last book in the series, which just get better with each added title.
Annika B.
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Carrie
Apr 21, 2008 Carrie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Katie
Laugh-out-loud funny and oh-so-clever
Josiah
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
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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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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)
  • The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza (Joey Pigza, #5)
Dead End in Norvelt Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Joey Pigza, #1) Hole in My Life Joey Pigza Loses Control (Joey Pigza, #2) From Norvelt to Nowhere

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