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I Am Not Joey Pigza Paperback – 27 Feb 2014
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"Meet Joey Pigza . . . A great kid who is funny and thoughtful and, yes, wired" (The New York Times)
"Written with energetic, breathless, non-stop gusto" (Financial Times)
"Funny, tender and soul-searching . . . Upbeat, warm-hearted and delightful" (Lesley Agnew The Bookseller)
"The latest heartwarming story about this likeable character has you once again so fully immersed in his thoughts and actions there are moments when you want to shout out to him to stop him making a mistake" (D J Williams Primary Times)
About the Author
Jack Gantos (Author)
Jack Gantos was born in Norvelt, Pennsylvania, and has spent time living in Barbados and South Florida. He has written books for readers of all ages, including the acclaimed Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key and its sequels, the teenage novel Desire Lines, and the youthful memoire Hole in My Life.
His is also the writer of Dead End in Norvelt and From Norvelt to Nowhere, a pair of semi-autobiographical novels about the importance of history and reading, the first of which won the prestigious Newbery Medal in 2012. He lives with his wife and daughter in Boston, Massachusetts.
David Tazzyman (Illustrator)
Dermot Milligan is eleven, obese and has just started at Big School. He's a big fan of The Lord of the Rings, and he hates his evil sisters, Ruby and Ella (Rubella). His all-time favourite donut is the classic ring, but he's also very keen on jam.
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In case you haven't met Joey and his family, they suffer from the affliction commonly known as ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). He suffers from it, his father has it, and his grandmother had it, too. The beginning of this new book shows Joey and his mother are adjusting to life after the death of Grandma Pigza. They are doing pretty well. Joey is handling the pressures of school, and mom is working at a local nail salon. The two family Chihuahuas are as crazy as ever.
Soon Fran Pigza announces to Joey that she has been secretly seeing his dad, Carter Pigza, for several months. His dad has recently had a lucky lottery win and "found" his new, true self - Mr. Charles Heinz. He wants to reconnect with the family and even has new identities for them. Fran is to be Maria Heinz, and Joey will be the new Freddy Heinz.
Along with what Joey calls the rewedding of his parents, there is a fair amount of cash flowing. Before he knows it, Joey and his parents and the two dogs are moving. They are the proud owners of a roadside diner. The plan is to open the diner, keep playing the lottery, and win big so they can have the life his father says Charles Heinz and family deserves.
Even with a new name, the Pigza "luck" and craziness take control. First there's a free Thanksgiving meal at the diner for everyone who needs it, then there's a wild Christmas with ATV's and paintball guns which leads to the new plan - building a Paintball Gun Shooting Gallery. All these plans are accompanied by furious spending sprees, preparations for a new baby, and dodging the school authorities who think Joey should be attending class.
Middle grade readers who know Joey will be happy to see his return. For new readers, be sure to check out the previous titles in the series, which includes JOEY PIGZA SWALLOWED THE KEY, JOEY PIGZA LOSES CONTROL, and WHAT WOULD JOEY DO?
Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"