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Joey Pigza Loses Control (Joey Pigza #2)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,962 Ratings  ·  292 Reviews
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.Now Carter believes Joey can become as normal as any kid, without the help of a doctor's prescription. And Joey wants to believe him more than any ...more
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Published September 9th 2000 by Listening Library (first published January 1st 2000)
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Linda Lipko
Jul 10, 2014 Linda Lipko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery-winner
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
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
Jan 23, 2016 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever known what it is like to never know what your Dad looks like or their personality. Then all of a sudden go meet them. Well, that is what Joey Pigza’s life is like. In the sequel to Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos Joey goes to meet his father for the first time. I read this book because I saw it on the shelf and the cover photo made the book look interesting.
When they meet up Joey sees the grown up version of his old hyperactive self, the way
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.
Jan 16, 2014 Miguel_ramirez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Richard Ward
Apr 12, 2016 Richard Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A preteen boy has severe ADHD, but it's controlled with meds. Or at least it is when he takes them! He spends the summer with his non-custodial dad, who takes the boy off them. Dad gives the very reasons you'd expect: You only think you need them; You need inner strength instead of drugs; The doctors and drug companies just want to make money off you. Meanwhile Dad enjoys his many beers, of course. Dad also wants the boy to live with him instead of Mom. So the boy feels himself unfairly pulled b ...more
Oct 25, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Joey Pigza is the story of a boy who has ADHD and needs to be on medication at all times or else he loses control. Joey's father would like him to come stay with him for the summer but his mother doesn't feel it's a good idea. Joey brings his little chihuahua along on the journey. He spends the summer trying to reconnect with his father, play baseball, and ditch the patch. Joey's father throws away all of his medication patches and tells him its all mind over matter. Eventually Joey loses it and ...more
Aug 21, 2010 Cherylann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I read this book because it's on the summer reading list for my 7th graders. To say there's a HUGE jump between our 7th grade list and our 8th grade list is an understatement. I found the book childish and juvenile for incoming 7th graders. I also found the characters rather flat, and the plot boring and predictable (seriously, it took 95 pages for the problem to become clear). This is not a book I would have picked up had it not been part of summer reading. I'm curious if any of my future stude ...more
May 05, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lis-565
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
Courtney Faddis
Jun 07, 2016 Courtney Faddis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos was a great story about a kid with ADHD. He goes to visit his dad for the summer after his mom decides that he cannot stay home alone while she is at work and there is no one to watch him. Joey's dad also has ADHD who lives with his mom who is a heavy smoker. It’s a story about a father and son bonding together and the adventures that they go one and the struggles that they share and try to overcome. Joey's dad introduces him to baseball which Joey finds t ...more
Tracie D'angelo
Feb 03, 2016 Tracie D'angelo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joey's dad says he's cleaned up his act and wants a relationship with Joey. Now his mom is driving him up to spend six weeks to reconnect with his dad. At first things look promising. Carter, Joey's dad, says he's been doing some thinking and has decided to stop drinking and turn his life around. He found clarity in a children's fairytale amusement park. Grandma says he hasn't changed, but Joey is loving his like new dad and is introduced to baseball and finds out he has an amazing arm. All is m ...more
Thomas Wiggs
Sep 21, 2014 Thomas Wiggs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the book Joey Pigza losses control, he spends the beginning of his summer with his mom and the rest of his summer with his dad. Joey has to take meds to help calm him down because he has ADD and his medicine is in a patch on his arm. The medicine helps joey focus and start over in his life.
Once joey gets to his dads house he realizes his grumpy old grandma lives there with his dad. He also realizes that his dad is just a bigger version of himself, yet he doesn’t have to take the meds. And h
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
Mar 15, 2015 Rochelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't remember the last time I laughed out loud whole reading a book silently to myself! Not just a chuckle, but I had to stop reading for a second. Having heard Jack Gantos speak before, I'm not surprised, cause he is hilarious. I am reading it with a specific group of boys on mind for a read-aloud, but I'm not totally sure how we'll get through it if I can't even read it without laughing out loud. And I'm nothing like Joey pigza! I would love to hear from any friends who have read his books to ...more
May 04, 2016 Holden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have just started reading some of Jack Gantos books. He does an extremely good job at making you feel like it is happening right in front of you. He also is good at making the story make no sense and then when you keep reading it makes total sense. He also likes to make you laugh every once in a while. I also like how he tries to bring life lessons into the book.

Joey goes to live with his dad and he is happy until. He goes crazy without his medication. His dad and him play baseball and bungee
Kate Schwarz
Jun 14, 2015 Kate Schwarz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of author Jack Gantos. I heard him speak a few years ago-he was very very funny and this humor translates well into the written word. This story is based on his own childhood, when he struggled with ADHD like many children do. It is laugh out loud funny, but also a little sad. The boy in the story is visiting his father, from whom he's estranged and is excited to finally see him. But the father does not live up to the expectations the boy has of him. While funny, the father is als ...more
Cameron Morris
Oct 17, 2015 Cameron Morris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the book, "Joey Pigza Loses Control,” by Jack Gantos, Joey has to survive living with his crazy drunk father. Joey’s father was a baseball coach and when he learned that Joey could pitch, he had him join his baseball team. Then Joey starts acting strange and does things like calling a time out in the middle of a pitch and requesting batteries for his phone. He also ran away in the middle of a game because he got mad because he didn’t have his ADHD patch. I think that Joey is a nice kid but o ...more
Nanette Zorn
Sep 22, 2015 Nanette Zorn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult-lit
This sequel to Joey Pigza swallowed a key" was as stirring as its predecessor. Joey, who found some relief at the end of the first book, is off on a six-week summer adventure with dad and grandma. The only problem is that the dad is an undiagnosed, unmedicated adult ADHD sufferer who has all the right answers. Joey lends the same thoughtful insights into the loving and hopeful mind of a pre-teen child, leaving this sympathetic reader feeling a bit like his fictional mother. The grandma adds a bi ...more
Kayla Jensen
Dec 18, 2015 Kayla Jensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a little boy who has divorced parents and he goes to spend the summer with his real father. The book talks about a little boy who had ADHD and wears patches which are his medicine. When he is with his father he starts to play baseball for him and he is the best pitcher on the team. His father has a drinking problem and one night he throws all of Joey's patches down the toilet and tells him that he can learn how to deal with his problem. After that the story goes down hill and ...more
Rachel Thelen
Jan 25, 2016 Rachel Thelen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joey Pigza Loses Control by:Jack Gantos

This book is about a boy named Joey and his parents are separated. So in the summer Joey's mom decides to let him go to his dads house for 6 weeks. Joey is very excited to get there. When he does he sees his grandma and dad. A day later his dad asks him to join his baseball team. Joey is so exited, he was going to be a pitcher for his dads team, but if any ball would go near him in the air he would back up so someone else could get it even though no one els
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!
Eugene Yeon
May 10, 2016 Eugene Yeon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very truthful and is very funny at the same time. Joey(the main character) has ADHD and his dad too. He met his dad during summer vacation. This story shows how he spend times with his dad in a normal life but a special person. The story shows the family's problem in a humorous way. also, this is showing the facts about America. same about divorce, man should survive by themselves and be aggressive. It is a very serious and funny story at the same time. This will help understand the ...more
Kenneth Winfield Emerton
I find it odd that with as many 'adult' books I read, the only ones I truly seem to connect with personally are children's literature. I felt like I was reading a mini autobiography of myself while reading this. I first read it when I was a kid myself and had picked up a copy for my young brother to read. Curiosity got the better of me and I decided to re-read it for myself. It's extremely enjoyable and fast paced. I definitely recommend it for anyone, young or old, especially if you grew up wit ...more
(2002) Joey Pigza is a hyperactive kid with a long summer break from school. After a mishap with his dart board set that leaves a hole in his dog Pablo's ear, Joey's hardworking single mother arranges a six week stay with Joey's father, Carter. Carter is a hyperactive grown-up version of Joey and is also working through issues with alcoholism. Determined that both of them will tackle their problems together, Carter convinces Joey that he doesn't need his meds to calm his hyperactivity. The book ...more
Ina Silverness
Joey Pigza Loses Control is about a boy named Joey who goes to live with his father. He refers to himself as being "wired" and finds out that his father is "wired" too. He plays baseball and is a great pitcher, until something goes terribly wrong...

Joey Pigza Loses Control is a great chapter book to use with students. It has so many possibilities for classroom activities. Students could pretend they were Joey and write a postcard home, readers theatre, create baseball cards with Joey's statistic
I had the same reaction to this book that I had to the first one--it was funny, but at the same time, it was too horrifying to laugh. It made me laugh, it made me cry (seriously, when his dad flushes his meds, I bawled like a baby). Joey wants so much to be a normal kid, to be good, to please everyone, that it just broke my heart. Especially since his dad is a total spaz and a horrible father. I kept rooting for Joey to call his mom, but at the same time, I understood how a kid would want to kno ...more
Laura G
I listened to this as an audiobook on a car road trip, something I don't often do. I enjoyed hearing the author read his story, and it was good to finally get to know this character. I can imagine kids connecting with his problems--ADHD, divorced parents, etc.--even if his circumstances did seem extreme. That made for an engaging story. I started listening to #1 in the series (thought I had chosen #1 first--oops) but the car trip ended, and I couldn't motivate enough to finish. Still glad to get ...more
Jaimee Meisel
Dec 12, 2015 Jaimee Meisel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-13-25
Joey goes to spend the summer with his dad who he doesn't know. He has severe ADD and his father doesn't let him take his pills. When Joey starts to lose control, interesting things start to happen. Joey learns what he can deal with and when he starts to lose control.

I enjoyed this book. It deals with a lot of real issues. It discusses real mental illnesses, family problems, and how to stand up to people. I feel like this would be great for preteens to help them understand these issues more and
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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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Joey Pigza (5 books)
  • Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Joey Pigza, #1)
  • What Would Joey Do? (Joey Pigza, #3)
  • I Am Not Joey Pigza (Joey Pigza, #4)
  • The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza (Joey Pigza, #5)

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