Bibliographic Information: Gantos, J. Joey Pigza Loses Control. (2000). New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Brief Annotation: Joey Pigza is a hyperactive kid who begins to turn his life around after a time in Special Ed and a new set of medicine patches. However, when he meets his dad, Carter, for the first time in a long time, he sees his old, hyperactive self in his dad and begins anew the struggle to control his life.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Grade Level: 4-7
Readers who will like this: Students who like reading from the perspective of people their age, students with ADD or ADHD.
Rating/Response: 3. The first-person perspective couldn’t have been used better, and it is very relatable to students, especially those who go through the same things as Joey. This one would be a good book to recommend to any of your students.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have any of you ever met someone and had a different experience than what you expected? Have you ever been influenced someone like that?
Posted by: Iliya Hoffert