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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Joey Pigza, #1) Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
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“It wasn't that I hated being asked a bunch of questions. I had nothing against questions. I just didn't like listening to them, because some questions take forever to make sense. Sometimes waiting for a question to finish is like watching someone draw an elephant starting with the tail first. As soon as you see the tail your mind wanders all over the place and you think of a million other animals that also have tails until you don't care about the elephant because it's only one thing when you've been thinking about a million others.”
Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
tags: adhd
“You gotta face the hand you're dealt with and deal with it, and make your problems be the smallest part of who you are.”
Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
“You know, Joey, the medication has helped settle you down, but you have been a good kid all along. You are naturally good. I hope you know that about yourself. You have a good heart.”
Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
“For one second I thought I saw it and I reached down and snatched up a little flesh-colored round thing, but ti was just a used round Band-Aid. My mother slapped it out o fmy hand and that was the first moment I realized she was mad at me too. And suddenly it was as if my heart was as uncontrollable as my legs. All this time I thought she was on my side, because I wa son her side. But maybe she had given up on me too. So I didn't say anything more because I was scared she was going to be against me like everyone else.”
Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
tags: adhd
“But it was the kind of story that doesn't go away after the first time you tell it so you have to tell it over and over until it goes away for good. If it ever can.”
Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
“You're supposed to feel sorry for me," I said. "What I feel for you and what I can afford are two different things," she said.”
Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
“Of course I still love my grandma even after all the awful stuff she did to me, which is scary that you can love someone who is not nice. I guess that is what getting better will do to a person: make you forgive people who have been mean to you.”
Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
“I know I’m not perfect, but I didn’t think it was fair that they told me one thing and wrote down another.”
Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
“pooped all over the carpet, eaten the slippers, and attacked the mailman, and was now being sent to obedience school.”
Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
“Sometimes waiting for a question to finish is like watching someone draw an elephant starting with the tail first. As soon as you see the tail your mind wanders all over the place and you think of a million other animals that also have tails until you don’t care about the elephant because it’s only one thing when you’ve been thinking about a million others.”
Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
“chair wouldn’t rock. So I heaved myself from side to side. It still didn’t move. I gripped the arms and jerked myself around and hung way out over the arms like some rodeo rider on a wild bull.”
Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key