Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

By Jack Gantos, David Tazzyman (Illus)


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.

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"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 "One of the funniest recent publications ... Written with the energetic, breathless, non-stop gusto of the main character" Financial Times "Its wit, verve and strong story make it a fascinating read" TES "[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 "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

Author Biography

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.