Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Reviewed by Children's Books for Parents on September 18.

There is no doubt about it. Joey Pigza is wired. He suffers from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). This poignant, fast-paced novel deals with the effects of this disorder on Joey as well as on his parents, teachers, and fellow students. Although Joey Pigza tries to control his behavior, he still manages to swallow his house … Continue reading

There is no doubt about it. Joey Pigza is wired. He suffers from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). This poignant, fast-paced novel deals with the effects of this disorder on Joey as well as on his parents, teachers, and fellow students. Although Joey Pigza tries to control his behavior, he still manages to swallow his house key and turn the class field trip into a disaster. Fortunately, Joey’s teacher suggests further medical evaluation for Joey’s disorder. Gantos’s sequel, Joey Pigza Loses Control, was awarded a Newbery Honor in 2001.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

By: Jack Gantos
Publisher: HarperCollins, 1998
Level: 10-11

There is no doubt about it. Joey Pigza is wired. He suffers from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). This poignant, fast-paced novel deals with the effects of this disorder on Joey as well as on his parents, teachers, and fellow students. Although Joey Pigza tries to control his behavior, he still manages to swallow his house key and turn the class field trip into a disaster. Fortunately, Joey’s teacher suggests further medical evaluation for Joey’s disorder. Gantos’s sequel, Joey Pigza Loses Control, was awarded a Newbery Honor in 2001.