Joey Pigza Loses Control
by Jack Gantos

Joey Pigza really wants to know his estranged dad and convinces his mom to let him spend some time with him over the summer.

But Joey's dad is just as wired as Joey used to be (before his ADHD meds) and now his dad is pressuring him to stop the meds and try to control his ADHD himself, cold turkey, just like Joey's dad did when he beat alcoholism. Joey sees himself hurtling toward disaster.

Booklist called this book "a fine way to gain insight into the problems ADHD, 'hyper' children face."

Awards Won by this book

  • Newbery Honor Book 2001
  • American Library Association Notable Children's Books
  • New York Public Library Best 100 Children's Books
  • New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Books of the Year
  • Booklist Editors' Choice
  • Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
  • School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
  • Parents' Choice Award Winner
  • American Library Association Notable Children's Books
  • School Library Best Books of the Year

Reading Levels for this book

Interest Level: Grade 4+        DRA Level:  50               Lexile Measure: 800L
Grade Equivalent: 5.2           Guided Reading: T

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