Gantos, Jack. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key. Farrar, Straus,” Giroux, 1998. ISBN 0-374-33664-4. $16.00. 153 pp. A 4+ FI Reviewed by Wendy Bishop An ALA notable book, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is an excellent read about Attention Deficit Disorder. Gantos’ descriptions of Joey’s incommodious challenges are not without humor. Joey’s behavior is wired but not intentional. In Joey’s words,”I’d raise my hand because I’m really quick at math. But each time she called on me, even though I knew the answer, I’d just blurt out, ‘Can I get back to you on that?” It’s easy to see why Joey spends a lot of time out of the classroom. When he begins to cause harm to himself by swallowing his house key then pulling it back up with breakfast all over it, Joey is sent to the nurse’s room in hope of getting his medication altered. Feeling better, he reenters the classroom but is soon found responsible for an accident with the teacher’s scissors. He tries to apologize to the little girl whose nose tip he accidentally cuts off, but her father will not let Joey near their home. Joey’s intentions are honorable yet hopeless. Joey’s home life seems to add to his inability to focus. Everyone believes that Grandmother, who has raised Joey since infancy, is responsible for Joey’s bad behavior. Joey does not accept this.”People who blame Grandma for my behavior are unfair to think that she was really the crazy on and I was innocent. It was more that we were whacked-out partners.” Joey’s real mother reenters his life while he is still in grade school. Compassionate and kind, she kisses his forehead and rubs his back. But her frustration mounts when Joey is finally placed in resource. In the end, she manages to find Joey the help he needs to control his behavior. after reading Joey’s story, both teachers and students will feel compassion for those with ADHD. They will find it hard to put down the book until they find out how Joey copes with his disorder.
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