Joey Pigza Loses Control

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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

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