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Joey Pigza Loses Control (Book 2)
by Jack Gantos
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 12 and up
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2000
NO. PAGES: 208
GENRE{S}: Literary Fiction, Humor
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Male
SERIES: Joey Pigza
PREQUEL: Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Book 1)
SEQUEL: What Would Joey Do? (Book 3)
AWARD{S}:
ALA-ALSC Childrens Notable Book
Newbery Honor
Horn Book Fanfare
ISBN: 0064410226
READ & REVIEWED BY: Shannon - StorySnoop


The Story
Joey Pigza Loses Control (Book 2)—Book Review

In this second book in the series, a calmer Joey feels more in control after finding the right medication for his ADHD. He goes to live with his estranged father for the summer, who encourages Joey to take charge of his life by joining a baseball team - and going off his meds. Mayhem ensues, and Joey decides that there is no place like home. Demonstrating his new ability to make smart choices, he calls his mom to bring him home for good.
The Scoop
Joey Pigza Loses Control (Book 2)—Book Review
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This well-written book is an honest portrayal of what it is like for child to have ADD/ADHD. This book deals with more complex issues than the first book, such as parental disagreement about medication, custody disputes, alcoholism and its affects on a child with ADD/ADHD. Therefore, it may be better suited to a slightly older audience.
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