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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Book 1)
by Jack Gantos
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 10 and up
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
YEAR PUBLISHED: 1998
NO. PAGES: 160
GENRE{S}: Humor
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Male
SERIES: Joey Pigza
SEQUEL: Joey Pigza Loses Control (Book 2)
AWARD{S}:
ALA-ALSC Childrens Notable Book
ISBN: 0064408337
READ & REVIEWED BY: Shannon - StorySnoop


The Story
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Book 1)—Book Review

In this first book of the Joey Pigza series, Joey tries to stay out of trouble but is always out of control. After a series of bad choices, he is moved to the district’s special education program at another school where he finally finds someone who understands him.
The Scoop
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Book 1)—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. While it is often funny and touching, it can also be intense. Although the book does not dwell on it, Joey’s impulses lead him to stick his finger in a pencil sharpener, swallow a key, and have an accident with a pair of scissors which results in an injury to a classmate’s nose. Joey meets a teacher at his new school that is able to help him, and Joey is returned to his old school in a happy ending.
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