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Joey Pigza Loses Control [Paperback]

Jack Gantos
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July 5 2011 Joey Pigza (Book 2)
The sequel to Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist.

When Joey Pigza meets his dad for the first time in years, he meets a grown-up version of his old out-of-control self. Carter Pigza is as wired as Joey used to be -- before his stint in special ed, and before he got his new meds.

Joey's mom reluctantly agrees that he can stay with his dad for a summer visit, which sends Joey racing with sky-high hopes that he and Carter can finally get to know each other. But as the weeks whirl by, Carter has bigger plans in mind. He decides that just as he has pulled himself up by his own bootstraps, Joey can do the same and become as normal as any kid, without the help of a doctor's prescription. Carter believes Joey can do it and Joey wants to believe him more than anything in the world.

Here is the continuation of the acclaimed Joey Pigza story, affirming not only that Joey Pigza is a true original but that it runs in the family.
 
Joey Pigza Loses Control is a 2000 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and a 2001 Newbery Honor Book.

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The loveable, disaster-prone hero of Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is back, this time in charge of his attention deficit disorder and ready to greet the world as a normal kid--with the help of his new and improved meds, of course. Now that Joey has a handle on his actions, he feels prepared to face the most mysterious member of his family--his estranged father, Carter Pigza. He convinces his skeptical mom to let him spend part of his summer vacation getting to know his dad again. The only problem is that Joey's dad is just as wired as Joey used to be: "I looked over at his mouth, which never seemed to close--not even the lips touched together--and it made me dizzy to listen to him." Carter believes that Joey can kick his ADD the way he himself kicked alcoholism--cold turkey. But when Carter flushes his meds, Joey has to decide if being friends with his dad is worth losing his hard-won self-control. "That old Joey was coming to get me and I couldn't do anything about it... I closed my eyes and told myself to sleep while I could."

Jack Gantos's second book about Joey Pigza is just as delightful and soulful as his first. Joey's attempts to keep the fragile peace in his life intact are touching, and his intense longing to just be normal will mirror the feelings of most preteens, whether they have ADD or not. Joey Pigza may sometimes lose control, but he never loses his heart. This is an exceptional sequel. (Ages 10 and older) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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First introduced in Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, Gantos's hyperactive hero Joey Pigza has not lost any of his liveliness, but after undergoing therapy and a stint in special ed., he now can exercise a reasonable amount of self-controlDprovided he takes his meds. His mother has reluctantly agreed to let him spend the summer three hours from home with his father, an alcoholic who, so he claims, has taken steps to turn his life around. Readers will sight trouble ahead long before Joey's optimistic perception of his father grows blurry. Mr. Pigza is at least as "wired" as the old Joey, and when he resorts to his drinking habits and becomes belligerent, Joey (who still wants to win his father's favor) feels scared. Then Mr. Pigza, telling Joey his medicine patches are a "crutch" that Joey doesn't need, summarily flushes them down the toilet: "You are liberated... You are your own man, in control of your own life," he announces. Joey is torn between wanting to call his mom immediately and sticking with his father. "Even though I knew he was wrong," Joey says, "he was my dad, and I wanted him to be right." Like its predecessor, this high-voltage, honest novel mixes humor, pain, fear and courage with deceptive ease. Struggling to please everyone even as he sees himself hurtling toward disaster, Joey emerges as a sympathetic hero, and his heart of gold never loses its shine. Ages 10-up. (Sept.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Calling All Kids! May 20 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
If you have anyone in your family who has trouble staying in their place, and is constantly "on the go," then this book is for you! Joey Pigza is a young boy who tries to do things the right way, but he can't help it that he is hyper. He has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and has to wear a "patch" that helps him make the right choices. Joey's parents are divorced and is spending the summer with his dad. Joey's dad is as hyper as Joey, and spends time trying to get Joey to be a star baseball player. He doesn't want Joey to depend on the "patch" too much, so Joey attempts to lead his life without his medication. On top of all this, Grandma, who is hooked to an oxygen tank, yet continues to smoke cigarettes, is sending confusing messages to Joey. He doesn't know what to do, but he tries his best.
This book is laugh out loud funny. One part was so funny, that when I was reading it aloud, I started crying I was laughing so hard! Everyone can relate to Joey, because everyone knows someone who has ADHD, or divorced parents. Read and enjoy the whole series!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Joey Pigza Goes Bonkers! March 22 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Joey Pigza Loses Control is a very up beat and exciting book. After Joey get's bored with his mom at the house they decide to send him off to his dad's house in Pittsburgh. Joey's dad is an recovering alchaholic that isn't doing very well. He has a girlfriend named Leezy, she takes care of him. Joey has a condition called ADD. So Joey is always hyper. But to help not go bonkers he has patches that have some meds on them. Anyway, when Joey is at his dad's house in Pittsburgh, Carter, the dad, decides that he and Joey don't need any of their meds, that they should start being realy men. After Carter dumped the patches down the toitlet at like midnight, Joey starts going hay wire and he loses control of his body. He can't focus, and that's not good since he's a pitcher for his father's baseball team. He is the best pitcher there. At one if his big baseball games he decides that he needs all these things, his dog, Pablo, his tape player, all these really unusual things. But he didn't get all of the things so he decides to stop throwing good, in other words he throughs one in the dirt. One of the good things about this book is that there is alway's something new to think about. Joey ends up running away at a baseball game and then hiding in an office until his mom comes to rescue him from his crazy dad. In the book it said that Carter is like a grown up version of Joey, and beleive me, it is very true. Joey Pigza is a very good book, the great discriptive writing by Jack Gantos makes you keep on wanting to read. I'm not very into reading but i still wanted to finish the book, and i'm glad i did.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Joeys out of control Jan. 28 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The beginning of this book wasn't really what I had expected. For my scale one to five, I would recommend this book as a two. I really liked the character Joey but I guess the story was just what I didn't like.
Joey Pigza Loses Control. Is about a boy, Joey, whose father forces him to get off his ADHD meds. Being to hyper, he can't focus without them, and goes out of control. Joey lives in a house with just his mom and the dog Pablo. He doesn't visit his father too often. So for the first summer, Joey wants to see his dad. Mom doesn't like the idea. "Your dad is too much like you, but only bigger", Joey's mom says. If you read you'll find out how Joey loses control.
I would recommend this book to anyone. See if you may like the story. I would have to say there wasn't a smile on my face for too long. Joey's dad may need help. He thinks he can think straight and start his life over, but really it seems like he doesn't think at all. To tell you the truth, I wouldn't have left poor Joey at his dad's house for so long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joey Pigza Loses Control Dec 17 2003
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Format:Paperback
Derek
The main character is Joey Pigza. Joey is on his way to spend his summer vacation with his dad that he hasn't seen in years. When Joey gets stressed out, he has patches that make him calm down. His dad discovers that Joey likes baseball and takes him to practice for his dad's team. His dad comes home from work one day and saw Joey throwing some rocks and asks him if he will pitch on his team. Then his dad convinces him to stop wearing his patch. After the first game, Joey meets his dad's girlfriend Leezy.
Joey's team was in the championship. It was finally the big day and Joey was a little jumpy without his patch. The game started and it was going good. It was 2 to1 in the 3rd inning and Joey's team was winning. Joey was up and he got hit in the head. After they were up Joey started hitting people and started losing control. His dad kept yelling at him and Joey ran to the outfield and hopped over the fence. Joey called his mom and asked her to come and pick him up. I recommend this book to kids my age or kids who like baseball. If I had to rate this book 1 to 5 I would give it a 5.
Jack Gantos wrote Joey Pigza, he was born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. In the first grade Jack was in the Bluebird reading group, which he found out was for slow readers. His favorite game at that time was pretending that his clothes were on fire and rolling down a hill to save himself. When he was seven, his family moved to Barbados. He went to a British school. Then, he moved to South Florida. He didn't like his classmates there so he spent most of his time reading. In sixth grade jack got a diary and started writing. He decided to be a writer in high school, but didn't publish his first book until college, in 1976. This was the beginning of Jack's career as a professional writer.
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