9780312661014

Joey Pigza Loses Control

by
  • ISBN13:

    9780312661014

  • ISBN10:

    0312661010

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/5/2011
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Purchase Benefits
  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $59!
    Your order must be $59 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $6.99

Summary

Joey Pigza has always been wired. He couldn't sit still. He couldn't behave. He was always getting in trouble. Until he got the right meds. He's just met his dad for the first time in years, and now he knows where he gets it. His dad's wired, too. And he says he wants to teach Joey to be a winner, to take control. But Joey's not so sure. Because it means going off his medication . . .

Author Biography

Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book, and Dead End in Norvelt, winner of the Newbery Medal and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction.

 

Jack was raised in Norvelt, Pennsylvania, and when he was seven, his family moved to Barbados. He attended British schools, where there was much emphasis on reading and writing, and teachers made learning a lot of fun. When the family moved to south Florida, he found his new classmates uninterested in their studies, and his teachers spent most of their time disciplining students. Jack retreated to an abandoned bookmobile (three flat tires and empty of books) parked out behind the sandy ball field, and read for most of the day. The seeds for Jack’s writing career were planted in sixth grade, when he read his sister’s diary and decided he could write better than she could. He begged his mother for a diary and began to collect anecdotes he overheard at school, mostly from standing outside the teachers’ lounge and listening to their lunchtime conversations. Later, he incorporated many of these anecdotes into stories.

 

While in college, he and an illustrator friend, Nicole Rubel, began working on picture books. After a series of well-deserved rejections, they published their first book, Rotten Ralph, in 1976. It was a success and the beginning of Jack’s career as a professional writer. Jack continued to write children’s books and began to teach courses in children’s book writing and children’s literature. He developed the master’s degree program in children’s book writing at Emerson College and the Vermont College M.F.A. program for children’s book writers. He now devotes his time to writing books and educational speaking. He lives with his family in Boston, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

“Like its predecessor, this high-voltage, honest novel mixes humor, pain, fear and courage with deceptive ease. Struggling to please everyone even as he sees himself hurtling toward disaster, Joey emerges as a sympathetic hero, and his heart of gold never loses its shine.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
 
“Hilarious, harrowing, and ultimately heartening.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review
 
“A truly memorable read.”—Booklist, Starred Review
 
A Newbery Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
A Publishers Weekly Best Book
A School Library Journal Best Book
A NY Times Book Review Notable Book
A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
A Booklist Editors' Choice
A Horn Book Fanfare Book
A Booklinks Lasting Choice Selection

Rewards Program

Write a Review