When Joey Pigza meets his dad, Carter, for the first time in years, he meets a grownup version of his old hyperactive self -- the way he was before his stint in special ed, the way he was before he got his new meds.
" He was wired, No doubt about it . . . , Now I knew what Mom meant when she said he was like me, only bigger."
During their summer visit together, Carter is eager to make up to his son for past wrongs. He wants to teach Joey how to be a winner. He wants to show Joey how to take control of his own life. And Joey is willing to do whatever his dad says, even though -- in this high-energy sequel to the acclaimed Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key -- he fears it will do him more harm than good.
"All I could imagine was the worst part of me getting or a train a long ways off. That old Joey was coming to get me and I couldn't do anything about it . . . There was nothing to do but wait, and worry."
late grade school level. Funny. Great boy book.
The Joey Pigza books are really insightful and helpful to understand a child/young person dealing with ADHD. This particular child is in a very disfunctional family situation as well. The book is funny but poignant also. I recommend it for a family dealing with ADHD. Be warned that there are subjects discussed that you will have to talk to your children about - alcohol, abandonment, and a few curse words. They are well done though.
Gantos captures a realistic look at life with adhd and the strain it can put on a family in this fun, yet heart wrenching tale.
"He was wired. No dought about it...Now I know what Mom meant when she said he was like me, only bigger."
Joey Pigza 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. The trouble is, Joey's dad thinks taking control means giving up the things that "keep Joey safe. 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.