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I Am Not Joey Pigza (Lib) (Joey Pigza #4)

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I'm a brand-new man with a brand-new plan."
Joey Pigza is knocked for a loop when his good-for-nothing dad shows up on his doorstep as a recycled person. After a lucky lotto win, Carter Pigza truly believes he's somebody else. He's even renamed himself Charles Heinz-and he insists that Joey and his mother join his happy Heinz family plan.
"My head felt like it was full of...more
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Published November 20th 2007 by Listening Library (first published July 24th 2007)
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Betsy
A good author has the ability to piss off their fans. Pissing off fans is a delicate art, though. On the one hand, if you can emotionally engage your readers to the point where they are so invested in your characters that they consider them to be real people then you know you're a pretty darn good writer. On the other hand, you always run the risk of losing those same fans if they feel you're being needlessly cruel to the fictional people they've grown to know and love. "I Am Not Joey Pigza" wal...more
Cara Stone
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Ashley
Wow. Talk about disfunctional families. I got so angry reading this book! I wish I hadn't bothered with it. Joey's dad shows up again swearing he is a new man, and even after the outrageous fiasco of the last book, Joey's mom takes him back, and they just know that they will all live 'hapilly ever after' because Joey's dad won the lottery, and is now a whole new person. He even changes his name, and demands that they others do too. Joey's mom is all for it, but Joey really struggles with it. He...more
Marcie
I am Not Joey Pigza, by Jack Gantos, is a realistic fiction novel for children from approximately fifth grade to eighth grade. Joey Pigza's father left him and his mother when he was born so she and his grandmother raised him. After winning the lottery, Joey's dad returned to their lives, bringing a new identity with him and trying to change theirs as well. They quickly spent all of their lottery winnings, a new baby was born, and Joey's dad left them all again. This book teaches kids important...more
Wendy
All of the Joey Pigza blew my hair back - I'm rating this one because it's the last one I read. Don't ever tell me that Joey isn't real because I'll be heartbroken.
Josiah
"Do you think it is just too easy to be something you are not?" I asked, thinking of Dad.
"Easy in the beginning," she said. "But after a while even the made-up self starts to gather baggage, and before you know it you might just as well have stayed your old self."

I Am Not Joey Pigza, P. 215

Reading the Joey Pigza books can be hard. The writing is very distinctive and the stories deeply involving, and that's part why it can be hard to read them; because we can see the train wreck coming from...more
Rachel
I sweart that everytime I read or listen to one of the Joey Pigza books, they get crazier and crazier, and this one is no exception! Despite this, I think this book might be my favorite in the series, as I think Joey grows up a lot in this book and discovers a lot about himself and his family that he never thought of before.

In this book, Joey is visited by his dad Carter who tried to kidnap him and his dogs in the last book. Carter swears he is a changed man after winning the lottery, not the b...more
Bruce
Joey’s good-for-nothing father shows up on his front doorstep, and says that he’s a new man, and even more surprising Joey’s mother welcomes him back. And they’re planning a “re-marriage.” Not only has dad quit drinking, he’s also won the lottery, and to signify his new life he’s changed his name from Carter Pigza to Charles Heinz. He thinks that Joey and his mom should change their names too. He’s bought an old dinner that he plans to paint black and yellow and open as the Beehive Dinner, maybe...more
Olgaod96
Finally, when Joey thinks his world is under control, his wacky dad, Carter Pigza shows up and claims he's Charles Heinz. He remarries Joey's mom as Maria Heinz. After the wedding, he takes Joey and his mom to an unknown place somewhere in Pensilvania. They start a restaurant, and Joey almost enrolls into a new school as Freddy Heinz. But, his dad says why go to school when Joey can help out here and learn how to handle a restaurant. Then, Joey gets a little brother. But, where is his dad off to...more
Abigail Beckwith
Joey Pigza, ADHD and overall active kid, hails from a nontraditional family. His family goes into some serious dysfunction in this book, as his deadbeat dad returns and his Mom decides to forgive and forget and get remarried to deadbeat dad. To celebrate the fresh start, they give Joey a new name (which he does not appreciate).

The writing style is very descriptive and engaging. Joey is likable, and has great way of looking at the world. Very readable! He is clearly in a tough spot in this novel,...more
David
This is the day a gunman broke into a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. I moved this book to the top of my TBR pile this morning to lift my spirits. It was a good choice. Joey's crazy life and very dysfunctional family spoke to the crazy day in many ways. We poor human beings do not know ourselves very well, and even when we try to reinvent ourselves, we run into the same problems because we are still the same people. Joey's life is a mess, not all of his own making, but a fairly big part of it...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

In I AM NOT JOEY PIGZA, author Jack Gantos has reunited the family for more fantastic Pigza adventures.

In case you haven't met Joey and his family, they suffer from the affliction commonly known as ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). He suffers from it, his father has it, and his grandmother had it, too. The beginning of this new book shows Joey and his mother are adjusting to life after the death of Grandma Pigza. They are doing pr...more
Moussa Niang
1) I really enjoyed the book I am not Joey Pigza because I like how the author confuses the character Joey and making him think he is Freddy but writes that Joey is Joey. Then Joey gets confused and starts to disagree with himself. For example Joey at first is stubborn to accept the name Freddy and the next day he thinks he is Freddy and he starts to confuse himself in who he really is(p.22). Another example is when he is Freddy and his mom has a baby and the dad runs away because he doesn't hav...more
Anna
Meh, I didn't care for this. Possibly it was because I didn't really have a context for it (it was my first, possibly last, Joey Pigza book). But, generally, I think I was just pretty disturbed by the overall storyline. Sure, maybe a kid would think it's funny or amusing but, as an adult, I thought this was a story about a sad, neglected (possibly abused?) kid with crazy parents who really should not have been parents. The whole concept can be summarized as follows:
-Joey is a happy kid
-Joey's a...more
Jean
Reading this book is like watching a train wreck in slow motion - you know what's coming and that it isn't going to be pretty and that there is nothing you can do to stop it, but you keep watching anyway. The Pigza family is truly dysfunctional, but there is hope for Joey and this book continues that hope and his awareness that things may not be quite right in the Pigza (or Heinz)household. But more than once I just yelled "NO!!!" out loud. I know many people fantasize about characters in books...more
Abby
This is a good book, but I didn't like it very much. I did not enjoy the writing syle, I didn't like the story, and I disliked most of the important characters, but in the end, I grew to love Joey Pigza, and I cared what happened to him. During the book he grew a lot, and I was proud of him.
Joey Pigza is in sixth grade, and he takes meds to help with whatever problem he has, probably ADHD, although the text never says. The narration style tries to reflect the inner workings of Joey Pigza's mind...more
Stevecrandell
On one level, Joey Pigza is hilarious. He takes a running leap into a box, to launch himself off the roof. He promotes the family diner by wearing a bee suit, running into the middle of the road, and screaming at passing cars as he swats at them with a sign that says “BEEHIVE DINER FAST FOO”. And he fires a paintball at his own butt, to better sympathize with his dog Pablita, after shooting her in the butt. On another level, “I whacked head first onto the cement cover of the cesspool” and “when...more
Brandy
Joey's back in a fourth installment! He's still struggling with severe ADD, only this time it's made much, much worse by his father's return and a general upheaval of everything in Joey's life. His father comes back following a lottery win, and wants the whole family to leave their old lives behind--to the extent of renaming themselves, opening a diner, and winning a second lottery. Joey tries to keep it together, and he's really struggling--but it's really difficult when your parents are as f'e...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
I have such mixed feelings about this one. The extremely funny parts are also extremely disturbing since I feel that Joey should not be the one punished for being the child of his parents. Fran as a character is flimsy and one-dimensional in this one. (And I don't know enough about plastic surgery but isn't it very soon for Carter to get in and out of the clinic in a day or two and take off the bandages just like that?) I know this is supposed to be somewhat ultra-realistic so it does not have t...more
Hayley Hancock
Not really a book I would read twice but it's a book children would probably enjoy and many children could relate to. This book is starts off when Joey’s deadbeat dad wins the lottery and shows up out of the blue to show his family the new man he’s become. He changes his name from Carter to Charles and starts telling Joey that he should become a new person too. He believes they should run a diner together and suddenly his parents who he thought were divorced decided to renew their vows. Basicall...more
Matt
Second book in the series. I listened to it in the car with my son. We both enjoyed it. Joey's dad was a real character, and I hope in my son's opinion a lot worse than me.
Karin Mitchell
I love the other Joey Pigza books so was disappointed to read this one. It felt like the author just used his stock character to make a buck rather than write a new, well thought out, installment in the series. In the past I've never struggled with the suspension of disbelief in this series either but there were definite problems with that in this book. I especially had problems with the unresolved issues at the end of the book of Joey having not attended school the entire year and having been l...more
Jad
This is a really interesting book that I enjoyed reading. It is a humor book that was actually hilarious and exciting, and interesting, and once you started there’s no way you’ll stop reading it until your extremely exhausted, or want to keep it for later. I enjoyed reading about the main character’s adventure, and what made me like this book is because Joey Pigza the main character is always up to no good, and is always ending up to be in an emergency room, or in his room grounded. The ending w...more
Gono
very good book for a middle school who does not like reading. Funny and interesting
Tristan*theawesome cool
Imagine having a delinquint dad who leaves then comes back changing your life. I read the book I Am Not Joey Pigza by:Jack Gantos
In this book a boy named Joey is like a
chicken with its head cut off. He always acts before he thinks. The book is about his delinquent dad who left him and then went and changed his ways. One day he came back all changed he was now Charles Heinz and Joey was Freddy Heinz. Freddy tries to figure out why he is through many adventures. He also finds out about a new addit...more
Katie
Laugh-out-loud funny and oh-so-clever
William Clemens
I am having a hard time thinking of what to say about this book. Firstly, I probably shouldn't have skipped the middle of the series, I jumped straight from Swallowed the Key to this one. Picking up what happened in between wasn't too hard, but reading through this book is. Much like the first book it does really well with the subject matter, but this portrait of a dysfunctional family is just sad, flat out sad, non-stop. I might have given it a 5 had it not left me so bummed out and flat.
Kelly
Hyperactive sixth grader Joey hits his head after crashing down Niagara Falls in a barrel (i.e., rolling off his Pennsylvania roof in a refrigerator box). The next thing he knows, his dad is back in his life--insisting that the Pigzas are now the Hines family.

The family takes over a diner with newfound Dad's newfound lottery money and Joey finds himself blurting, "Do you want fries with that?" and shooting paintballs too much for his own good.

Hilarious but possibly too long.
Blaine
I found it hard to find laugh-out-loud humor in this book. It was still funny on a sad/terrifying level, but that only made the story twice as appealing. Throughout the series the Pigzas have done mind-blowing things you would hope no living person would ever do, but this fourth book brings you nightmares and makes you think about all of the "what if"s in your own life.

I recommend this series to children and adults alike, but you must start with the first book!
Judi Paradis
In this latest installment in the Pigza series, Joey seems to be the most stable person in his really crazy family. Joey's dad is back and has won the lottery. In order to get a fresh start, he changes everyone's name, moves the whole family, and takes Joey out of school. Both Joey's parents act ridiculously and Joey goes along--with lots of funny results. As usual, we're worried about Joey when the book ends, but probably more worried than Joey is.
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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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