The fifth and final book in the groundbreaking Joey Pigza series brings the beloved chronicle of this wired, wacky, and wonderful boy to a crescendo of chaos and craziness, as everything goes topsy-turvy for Joey just as he starts to get his feet on the ground. With his dad MIA in the wake of appearance-altering plastic surgery, Joey must give up school to look after his new baby brother and fill in for his mom, who hospitalizes herself to deal with a bad case of postpartum blues. As his challenges mount, Joey discovers a key that could unlock the secrets to his father's whereabouts, a mystery that must be solved before Joey can even hope that his broken family might somehow come back together-if only it doesn't pull him apart first.
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by Jack Gantos
by Todd Strasser
by Jack D. Ferraiolo
"Jack Gantos concludes his Joey Pigza series with one last peek into JoeyÕs wild, wonderful brain. With Gantos narrating, the ride is breakneck, funny, and heart wrenching, with listeners holding on through every one of JoeyÕs zigs and zags. Joey struggles with attention deficit disorder and a chaotic family life, and heÕs so full of love and good intentions that listeners canÕt help rooting for everything to work out for him. Gantos gives voice to JoeyÕs every hope, worry, and stray thought as he cares for his baby brother and holds down the fort at home. ItÕs an utterly satisfying end to the series, and if Joey doesnÕt have you in tears, the authorÕs note at the end just might. J.M.D. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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