I’d like to tell you a little
about the main character in this book. His name is Joey Pigza. Joey is
a lively, energetic boy. His life is full of games and adventure. The story
starts off at the end of the school year and the beginning of summer. Joey
decides to entertain himself in the front yard playing darts. Joey has
excellent aim and is able to hit the center of the target every time. Now
do you think that this game is entertaining to a hyper child like Joey?
Nooooo. Joey decides to make the game a little more interesting. He decides
to turn around and shoot the target from between his legs. His dart misses
and goes onto the neighbor’s property. Do you think the neighbor is happy
about this? Noooo. Joey decides to take the game inside. Joey creates his
own shooting range of various fake animals. He attaches them to sofas and
chairs all over the family room. Then he begins his game. At first he throws
darts directly at the targets but this gets too simple! To make the game
challenging, Joey decides to spin around a make himself dizzy. This definitely
makes the game challenging but when he accidentally pierces a dart through
his Chihuahua’s ear his little summer adventures at home alone are quickly
ended. Joey’s mom agrees to let him spend the summer with his hyperactive
father. Joey had learned to deal with his hyperactivity through the use
of medication. But when his father decides that Joey does not need his
medication, Joey’s summer begins to crumble. To learn about Joey’s crazy
adventures, and his special needs, read Joey Pigza Loses Control or
the first book in the set, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key. (
"Jill Savage", Las Vegas, NV <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Joey Pigza is a boy who bounces
off the wall on any given day and at any given time. It is now the
beginning of summer and Joey decides to cause chaos like he normally does.
While his mom is away, Joey decides to entertain himself by playing darts.
Although he thinks he has terrific aim for the target he soon finds himself
bored. After throwing the darts like a "normal" individual, which
by the way Joey has hyperactivity so it is hard for him to do "normal"
activities. He then decides to spin around several times before releasing
the dart, once the dart is released it hits his pet Chihuahua and pierces
right through his ear. After Joey's mom finds out what kind of trouble
her son is causing, she finally agrees to let him go visit his dad for
a few weeks out of the summer. Before Joey's mom drops him off at
his dad's house, she warns him about his dad. Joey's dad also has
hyperactivity and is a recovering alcoholic. Joey does not seem to
care what his mom says about his dad, he just wants to visit his dad and
have fun. After arriving at his dad's house, Joey is very surprised
to learn that his dad does not agree with Joey taking medication for his
hyperactivity. As you can probably guess, Joey's dad makes Joey stop
taking his medicine. Along with no medicine, Joey has to play baseball
for his dad's team, but does Joey enjoy doing this with his dad?
You will have to read Joey Pigza Loses Control to find out. After
being with his dad for a few days, Joey is starting to second guess everything
about his dad. Will Joey enjoy the rest of his summer with his dad
or will he wish he was home with his mom? To find out about this
hyperactive, energetic boy and his summer adventures with his dad, read
Joey Pigza Loses Control. (Andrea Fiepke, college student, AS-Fiepke@wiu.edu)
Before I had gone to special
ed and got me new meds, it would have been impossible for me to sit still
and make a list of good and bad things. I didnt have time for lists. I
didn't have time for anything that lasted longer than the snap of my fingers.
But after I got my good meds, which were stuck on my body everyday, I started
to settle down and think.
So as I sat in the car, I
asked myself what I wanted from Dad.
"I just want him to love me
as much as I already love him," I said.
Mom listened then pursed her
lips before saying, "Honey, I'm sure he does." Her voice sounded like she
had a long list of other things to say but didn't.
Joey Pigza is a boy trying
to make up for lost time with his dad who shares the same qualities as
him and finds himself losing control. Joey's dad and mom seperated because
Joey's dad didnt have his priorities straight and was an alcoholic. But
this summer, Joey's dad has the chance to prove he's clean and a new man.
You are taken on an unsuspected journey with Joey and his dad as they try
to catch up in eachother's lives. Everything should go smoothly right?
But when Joey realizes not everything seems so normal about his dad after
all, events take an uneventful turn. Find out what happens in this contemporary
realistic fiction book, Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos.
(Genna Wrobel, email@example.com, college student)