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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
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Dec 02, 07

bookshelves: realistic-fiction, chapter
Recommended for: Teachers and grades 5-7
Read in November, 2007

Summary: Joey Pigza is a student with ADHD, and as hard as he tries he cannot control his actions. He is a sweet child who wants just to please the adults around him. However, both his parents left when he was very young and he has been left in the care of Gandmother who could care less about his well-being. When he mother comes back for him Joey has extremely mixed feelings, finally loving her as if she had never been gone. Joey cannot control himself in a regular classrooom and is sent to spend time in a Special Education classroom. Joey's behavior time and time again proves to be less than satisfactory and culminates in a wild fit on a class field trip. When Joey gets back to school after the trip he is working on a project to change the world inspired by ab assembly he snuck into. While working he steals the teachers sharpe scissors and trips resulting in cutting off the end of a classmates nose. Joey is sent to a special ed. school and there learns to make friends and gets control of his behavior with help from his teacher, mother and doctor.
Response: This a book that i think should be required for all teachers to read! If gave a view me such an amazing view of what it would be like to step into the shoes of a student who wanted so much to be good, but just couldn't help himself. The author uses great vocabulary and imagry to describe exactly what joey is going through and how difficult it is to be him. I would recommend this book to anyone who has sympathy for their students.
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