Category Archives: Author: Jack Gantos

Hole In My Life

Hole In My Life
Jack Gantos

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 224
Age Range: 12 and upUnknown-3
Year: 2012
Genre: Realistic

Hole In My Life is the story of a young aspiring writer who is struggling to make ends meet. He gets involved with the wrong crowd and pays the ultimate price for his decisions.

I would recommend this book to young men. It is a great story to keep kids on the right path.

Ms. Leah

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Jack Gantos, Genre: Realistic, Year: 2010s

I Am Not Joey Pigza

I Am Not Joey Pigza
Jack Gantos

Apparently there's no Selznick cover for this one.

Apparently there’s no Selznick cover for this one.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 240
Age Range: 10 and up
Year: 2011
Genre: Realistic

Series: 4th of 4

This is the fourth and final Joey Pigza book….so far… (I really am not sure if the author is going to do more.) Joey is back and so is his father, Carter Pigza. Except this time Carter has won the lottery, changed his name and won back the heart of Joey’s mother. Joey’s mother also changed her name at one point in her life so why not change Joey’s?! Joey is called Freddy in this book and it is driving him nuts! Joey has to accept the new name, the reunited of his parents and forgive his dad. Read the book to find out how Joey deals with all of this chaos!

This story is great for middle school, and specifically this fourth book as Joey is now in the 6th grade. I do recommend reading the first 3 books before this one as the reader will want to get to know Joey and his family dynamics. Joey teaches students who are going through hardships at home how to deal with the chaos and forgive his family.

-Miss Jenny

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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Author: Jack Gantos, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Part of a Series, Year: 2010s

What Would Joey Do?

What Would Joey Do?
Jack Gantos

He looks a lot less manic in this cover than in the first two.

He looks a lot less manic in this cover than in the first two.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 256
Age Range: 10 and up
Year: 2003
Genre: Realistic

Series: 3rd of 4, Joey Pigza Series

This is the third book in the Joey Pigza series. In this book Joey finds that his parents are beginning to get along again…and sparks are flying!! He is not sure if this is good or bad being that they are the only two people who care about him. Joey’s Grandma steps in by trying to get Joey to be friends with his neighbor, Olivia. Joey does not really want to be friends with her, but tries to please his Grandma. Olivia takes advantage of the situation by manipulating Joey and being really mean to him. After the family goes haywire, Joey and Olivia begin to start understanding each other…Joey’s grandmother passes away and Joey is faced with big decisions to make in regards to his friendship with Olivia and relationships with his family.

Any middle school student would love this series. Joey Pigza can relate to hyper active kids, students who have families that are facing divorce or alcoholism and student who just love a good laugh!

-Miss Jenny

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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Author: Jack Gantos, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2000s

Joey Pigza Loses Control

Joey Pigza Loses Control
Jack Gantos

He definitely lost control of that "L" in "Control"...

He definitely lost control of that “L” in “Control”…

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 208
Age Range: 10 and up
Year: 2000
Genre: Realistic

Series: 2nd of 4

This is the 2nd book in the Joey Pigza series. The first book introduced Joey as a “wired” kid who had some difficult problems to deal with at home while he managed his ADHD. In this book, Joey seems to be doing well and is looking forward to visiting his dad this summer for the first time! However when he gets there he finds out that his dad believes Joey can get along fine without his medication. His dad feels that since he beat alcoholism cold turkey than Joey can beat ADHD cold turkey. Joey is faced with making some difficult choices in regards to his meds. He knows they make him feel better but he does not want to disappoint his dad, with whom he is just trying to develop a relationship.

Any student would love reading about Joey Pigza. It is a good story for kids who are dealing with ADHD or problems at home such as divorce or alcoholism.

-Miss Jenny

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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Author: Jack Gantos, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2000s

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Jack Gantos

Another sweet Brian Selznick cover--if he's associated with it, it's gotta be good!

Another sweet Brian Selznick cover–if he’s associated with it, it’s gotta be good!

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 153
Age Range: 10 and up
Year: 1998
Genre: Realistic

Series: 1st of 4

Joey Pigza is a middle school boy who has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. Not only does he have this behavioral disorder but he has also been sent to live with his Grandma when his mother and father left him. Joey struggles in school because he cannot stay focused and has trouble behaving. His teachers have decided if he cannot improve his behavior that he will be sent to a special school for Special Education. Joey most definitely does not want to go there so he has to figure this out.

I would recommend this book to any middle schooler! Especially students who have trouble focusing because they can relate to Joey. Even still, kids will find Joey funny and entertaining. I could not put the book down and I am sure students won’t be able to either!

-Miss Jenny

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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Author: Jack Gantos, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 1990s