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Joey Pigza Loses Control

Joey Pigza Loses Control

by Jack Gantos

Joey Pigza, who is taking medication to keep himself from getting too wired, goes to spend the summer with the father he has never known

Joey really wants his six-week visit with his dad to count, to show him he's not as wired as he used to be, to show his dad how much he loves him. But Carter Pigza's not an easy guy to love. He's eager to make it up to Joey for past wrongs and to show him how to be a winner, to take control of his life. With his coaching, Joey's even learned how to pitch a baseball, and he's good at it.

But Carter Pigza believes Joey can be as normal a kid as he wants without medication. He thinks taking control means giving up the things that keep Joey safe, and Joey wants to believe him more than anything in the world. And if he wants to please his dad, he's going to have to play by his rules, even when the rules don't make sense

Ages
8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
5.2
Lexile Measure
800L
DRA
50
Guided Reading
T
Publisher
Farrar Straus Giroux
Number of Pages
195
Genre
Realistic Fiction

About the Author

Jack Gantos Jack Gantos got the idea for Joey Pigza when he was visiting a school in Pennsylvania, talking about writing.

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