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What Would Joey Do? (Joey Pigza) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Jack Gantos
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3 July 2003 Joey Pigza (Book 3)
The waiting is over for Joey Pigza fans! In this brilliant third book Joey is attempting a breath-taking balancing act as he tries to keep a handle on his wild, wired behaviour without letting his hyperactively helpful ways spin him out of control - again. Joey is being home-schooled alongside Olivia, a really sneaky, annoying girl, who is blind. He's still living with his mum and grandma, who is now dying, but his dad is also around - roaring past on his motorbike from time to time-

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (3 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440865212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440865216
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Joey finally comes to terms with himself in this funny, touching and totally endearing story" (Jill Slotover Financial Times)

"A funny, tender and soul-searching presentation of the relationship between Joey and his dying grandmother. This third Joey story is upbeat, warm-hearted and delightful" (Lesley Agnew The Bookseller)

"Joey . . . is an impossible, contradictory, glorious creation" (Boston Sunday Globe)

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Hilarious 3rd title in the Joey Pigza series.

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About three weeks ago Dad suddenly showed up in town and started buzzing us on his motorcycle at all hours of the day and night. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More please! 12 July 2003
'What would Joey do?' is sadly the final book in the Joey Pigza series. As a class teacher, my class and I almost feel as if we know Joey personally and this book is as good as it's predecessors.
Joey has an awful lot to deal with in this book and sees himself as 'Mr Helpful'. He struggles to cope with his ever difficult family life and at times, seems to be the sanest person in the family!!
His relationship with his grandmother develops into something much deeper and I would find it difficult to believe if you are not touched by the very moving death scene which happens later into the novel. (My class were stunned into silence at that point.)
Jack Gantos has created a character that I almost feel that I know and will miss hearing about in the future. His books are truly exceptional and are unique.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ 6 May 2013
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This is an inspiring, funny and at times very moving story of a child with enormous learning difficulties and the sometimes hillarious situations he finds himself in. EVERY child should read this and the other books in the Joey Pigza series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a hyperactive child's refreshing look at life 12 Oct 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Dad is back in Lancaster, Pennsylvania causing problems for poor Joey Pigza, who worries that his dad Carter returned by roaring motorcycle to abduct him. However, he revises his theory to that of his father using him because he wants to either irritate or get close to Joey's mother. Joey's grandmother knows the world is coming to an end perhaps because of her emphysema, but more likely because Carter, who drives her nuts, is back.

Due to the game of my kid is better, smarter, or whatever than your kid, Joey finds himself, at is mother's insistence, joining Olivia Lapp at home schooling. With the urging of his "dying" grandma, Joey tries to befriend the sight-challenged Olivia, but his bratty teammate just wants to keep him in trouble. Between her and his family, Joey learns why a dog is a boy's best friend and wonders if hyperactivity out of control is better than trying to relate to these normal maniacs.

Apparently WHAT WOULD JOEY DO? is the final novel of the JP trilogy to the dismay of this reviewer because this tale, like its predecessors, is a refreshing look at life from the perspective of a preadolescent child coping with hyperactivity. The support cast is a distressing yet delightful group of lunatics, but the story line belongs to the title character, who makes reading fun. A personal plea to Mr. Gantos: please turn Joey into a teenager with hormones running amok because he is too good an individual to be shelved.

Harriet Klausner
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Humorous misadventures of an ADHD child 15 Oct 2002
By Harold McFarland - Published on
"What Would Joey Do?" is part of the continuing saga of Joey Pigza, a young boy with ADHD. In this book he is ready to try being "Mr. Helpful" and focus his energy is positive manners. The problem is figuring out how he can help everyone while still moving forward with his life. His parents fight regularly and engage in dysfunctional actions, his homeschool partner is a blind girl who is full of mischief, and her fundamentalist mother has a total inability to deal with reality as every contact is focused on "What Would Jesus Do". His Grandma wants him to have a good friend other than his dog and seems to be the only one really concerned about the Joey within. However, she is dying and won't be there for him very long.
A real survivor, Joey's story is one of struggling and perseverance that pays off in the end. A story with several twists and turns it can be humorous reading. The greatest value of this book would be for parents to read the book and use it as a springboard for discussion of kids with ADHD. It teaches some things about children with ADHD as well as some aspects of how to deal with them. However, the book should be used as a catalyst for family discussion to prevent misconceptions. Before writing this review I let two fourth and fifth graders read the book to see what they thought of it. I found that they were getting some wrong impression from the book. It seemed that they thought that Joey's antics were in large part due to his family problems and that kids with ADHD all had dysfunctional families. Joey is a kid who tries as best he can to do the right thing and struggles through his problems to rise above them and that is a good story, just be careful of inappropriate inferences that children can make. It is a great platform for opening up a discussion about children with ADHD.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A engaging story told through the eyes of "Mr. Helpful." 20 Nov 2002
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When I first began reading this book, I was immmediately drawn in by the main character, a boy named Joey Pigza. Joey leads what appears to be a complicated childhood -- his parents are divorced & for a time his mother moved out and left him with his aging grandmother. Not only does his grandmother smoke too much, she speaks often of death and dying. Joey's only "friend" besides his dog, is a blind girl named Olivia who is always getting him into trouble. Joey's father doesn't make his life any easier -- he's constantly riding around the neighborhood on his motorcycle starting fights with his mother. Talk about a dysfunctional family! It's a wonder that Joey only needs a med patch for his hyperactivity disorder!*

You would think that this is all too much for a kid to handle -- I do! But throughout the book, Joey manages to maintain strength and perserverance. Joey's qualitites include honesty and living life with a little humor. In his neverending quest to help others, Joey learns to help himself. recommends "What Would Joey Do?" - I couldn't wait to read more of Joey's antics and see how he survived his next crisis. Even if you haven't read the previous two books in this trilogy, you won't want to miss this one.

*Caution: Parents should read up on this book so they can decide whether they feel it is appropriate for their child to read. Includes questionable behaviors, situations and medicating for hyperactivity disorder.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What would Joey Do 15 Nov 2006
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The story is about a kid (Joey),whose parents are divorced and his dad comes to get his Mom back but she has a boy friend. He goes through a lot to get her back. She didn't go for it. She ends up throwing things at him just to get him to leave. It doesn't work so he keeps trying, which makes him very brave. Joey likes a girl so he takes her to a concert. That is against her religion but her mom lets her go. At the end he kisses her. Also Joey's dad (Carter) gets in a wreck outside their house because Joey's mom was chasing him. Then his grandma dies so he dresses her up so she looks nice when she goes to heaven. At the end he goes back to school instead of being home schooled.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a very sad book 23 July 2010
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This book was way sad. I felt like crying by the time I got to the fifth chapter, however, this was a great book. Joey always manages to triumph whenever there is a problem. Although this is the saddest book I have ever read in my lifetime (of nine years), this is an awesome book for any kid over nine years old. My mother got this book for me because it was on a list of humorous books for kids...but that was a mistake!
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