Read by the author
2 hours 58 minutes, 2 cassettes
Joey Pigza is wired just like his dad and his grandma. Unfortunately, thet "wiring" often makes him feel as if he's about to explode. His prescription meds never seem to last long enough to get him through lunch, and soon he's got himself neck-deep in a big mess. The problem is, he usually can't figure out how he's gotten there.
If only Joey could learn to make better decisions, then maybe his good intentions wouldn't end up hurting so many people. Is there hope for him with some new meds and Special Ed?
This story goes a long way toward understanding children with ADHD and explores one very loveable child's search for help.
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by Jack Gantos
by Jack D. Ferraiolo
"Jack Gantos's brilliant middle-grade novel about one child's attention deficit affliction is read by the author with perfect emotional pitch. Joey Pigza is wise beyond his years, completely aware of his disability and its ill effects on others. The frantic pace of his breathless narration is juxtaposed with the controlled voices of the generally kind and long-suffering teachers, nurse, and principal who've been trying to manage his behavior for years, one hour at a time. The listener's sympathies are heightened by the heart-wrenching family stories Joey relates of his emotionally abusive grandmother, his absentee father, and his neglectful mother, who tries to make good--and does--in the end. Be prepared! There's no escaping this audio without a belly laugh or a tear. T.B. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"