Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos (2006)

joey-pigzaJoey Pigza is different. He doesn’t want to be different but he can’t help himself: he spins into lockers like the Tasmanian Devil, eats an entire shoo-fly pie, jumps from the roof of a barn and swallows his house key before he even realizes what he’s doing.

His decisions are made instantanously and sometimes result in injury to himself or others. It doesn’t help that his parents abandoned him and his elderly grandmother is unfit to care for him.

Then, his mother returns and, after an accident at school, Joey gets the medical attention he needs.

Jack Gantos is not only an excellent writer, he is a fabulous story teller. The audio version of this excellent book about an ADHD boy is perfect. I am as tough on audio book readers as I am on authors, but Mr. Gantos excels at both!

Audio CD | Library copy | Listening Library | 2 hours and 58 minutes | ISBN 978-0807220030 | $22.60

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