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Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key

Written by Jack Gantos

Illustrated by David Tazzyman

Part of the Joey Pigza Series

Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key Synopsis

Joey is a good kid, maybe even a great kid, but his teachers never know what he's going to do next. He sharpens his finger in the pencil-sharpener and swallows his house key. He can't sit still for more than a minute - Joey is buzzing! Told from Joey's own unique viewpoint by acclaimed American author Jack Gantos, this is an exceptionally funny and touching story about a boy with severe attention deficit disorder (ADD).

Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key Press Reviews

The reader will quickly be engaged by the gritty honesty of this character who has a great deal of moral courage . . . Joey Pigza stays with you long after the last page has turned * Carousel * [This] could easily become required reading for anyone who works or lives with children and for any child who enjoys brilliant comic writing tinged with the poignancy of reality * The Bookseller * Its wit, verve and strong story make it a fascinating read * TES * One of the funniest recent publications . . . Written with the energetic, breathless, non-stop gusto of the main character * Financial Times * It is a tremendous achievement to incorporate so much understanding and explanation into a cracking good story. I found it a vivid and startling book * The School Librarian *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780440870715
Publication date: 27th February 2014
Author: Jack Gantos
Illustrator: David Tazzyman
Publisher: Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books) an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 192 pages

About Jack Gantos

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.

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