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Gantos, Jack.
New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2002.
IL 5-8, RL 6.2
ISBN 0374399867

2 booktalks

Booktalk #1

Joey is trying so hard to keep his life on track.  Diagnosed with ADHD, Joey spent time in special education and has learned to control his impulses.  Of course, he needs to stay on his medication to keep things on an even keel.  Last summer he spent time with his father who decided that Joey didn't need medicine.  He was wired and that was just the way he was.  Try as he might, Joey couldn't keep it together and called his mom to come and get him.  Now, Joey's grandmother has come to stay with Joey and his mom to help Joey.  You see, his dad has moved back to town and his mom is going off the deep end.  It seems that when Joey's parents get together, they both lose control.  Joey is desperately trying to help them even though he knows he needs to take care of himself.  Oh yeah, there's also the blind girl that Joey is supposed to be helping.  She is angry at the world and takes it out on Joey.  How can he possibly keep it together when he's surrounded by people who are losing it?  How can he help those around him when he's on the edge himself?  Find out What Would Joey Do?

Booktalk #2

Joey Pigza's life has never been easy, but he has been the bounce-back-boy. The more he has taken charge of his own life, the more responsibilities the adults around him have forced him to accept. Growing up is hard enough without having to cope with everyone else's insecurities. Can he handle growing up and fixing all their problems too? Come along for the ride - could be a rough one!   (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2005-2006)

SUBJECTS:     Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder -- Fiction.
                        Grandmothers -- Fiction.
                        Family problems -- Fiction.
                        Home schooling -- Fiction.
                        Blind -- Fiction.
                        People with disabilities -- Fiction.


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