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What Would Joey Do?
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Demco Media
Publication date August 30, 2004
Pages 229
Binding Reinforced
Book category Juvenile Fiction
ISBN-13 9780606306768
ISBN-10 0606306765
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Business
Original list price $14.53
Other format details juvenile
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Joey tries to keep his life from degenerating into total chaos when his mother sends him to be home-schooled with a hostile blind girl, his divorced parents cannot stop fighting, and his grandmother is dying of emphysema.
Amazon.com description: Amazon.com Review: Modern literature's unlikely hero Joey Pigza is back in Jack Gantos's grand finale to the award-winning trilogy that began with Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key and the Newbery Honor book Joey Pigza Loses Control. Joey, the sweetest, funniest kid on meds you'll ever meet, has enough trouble trying to keep his "active" self together. How can he win in his new, self-assumed role as "Mr. Helpful" when his divorced parents are out of control, his Grandma is surly and morbid, and Olivia, the mean blind girl he's forced to homeschool with, calls him a "hyper retard"? Even Olivia's religious mother can't save him with her "What would Jesus do?" refrain. As his world of flawed adults spins around him in carnivalesque chaos, Joey has to decide on a daily basis what he, Joey, should do. At least he has Pablo, his loyal Chihuahua mutt, his lucky charm. Or at least he does until his maniacal father (complete with restraining order) kidnaps the dog to lure Joey out of the house.

Joey is a wonderful character, and his first-person narrative is both hilarious and heartbreaking. Sadly, it is his dying grandmother who knows him best: "You know, Joey, if you didn't wear those med patches, you'd just be thinking about yourself, and you wouldn't care about making everyone happy. Your problem is that you got better, and the rest of the world didn't." While it is more rewarding to have read the previous Joey books before this one, it is not mandatory. Still, all three Joey books are memorable, honest, fresh, exciting, truly eye-opening, and should not be missed by child or adult. (Ages 10 and older) --Karin Snelson

Editions
Hardcover
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Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (July 1, 2003)
9780786254682 | details & prices | 268 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 0.85 lbs | List price $22.95
About: Joey tries to keep his life from degenerating into total chaos when his mother sends him to be home-schooled with a hostile blind girl, his divorced parents cannot stop fighting, and his grandmother is dying of emphysema.
Paperback
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With Jack Gantos | Reissue edition from Square Fish (July 1, 2014)
9781250061690 | details & prices | 229 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 0.44 lbs | List price $7.99
Reprint edition from Harpercollins Childrens Books (April 1, 2004)
9780060544034 | details & prices | 240 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 0.35 lbs | List price $5.99
About: Joey tries to keep his life from degenerating into total chaos when his mother sends him to be home-schooled with a hostile blind girl, his divorced parents cannot stop fighting, and his grandmother is dying of emphysema.
Cassette/Spoken Word
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Unabridged edition from Listening Library (October 1, 2002)
9780807209486 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.00 × 1.25 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 0.30 lbs | List price $25.00
About: Joey tries to keep his life from degenerating into total chaos when his mother sends him to be home-schooled with a hostile blind girl, his divorced parents cannot stop fighting, and his grandmother is dying of emphysema.
School and Library
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from Farrar Straus & Giroux (October 21, 2002)
9780374399863 | details & prices | 240 pages | 5.50 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 0.85 lbs | List price $18.99
About: Joey tries to keep his life from degenerating into total chaos when his mother sends him to be home-schooled with a hostile blind girl, his divorced parents cannot stop fighting, and his grandmother is dying of emphysema.
Reinforced
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The price comparison is for this edition
from Demco Media (August 30, 2004)
9780606306768 | details & prices | 229 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 0.55 lbs | List price $14.53
About: Joey tries to keep his life from degenerating into total chaos when his mother sends him to be home-schooled with a hostile blind girl, his divorced parents cannot stop fighting, and his grandmother is dying of emphysema.
Prebinding
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With Jack Gantos | Reissue edition from Turtleback Books (July 1, 2014)
9780606389440 | details & prices | List price $18.40
With Jack Gantos | Reprint edition from Paw Prints (July 10, 2008)
9781439511077 | details & prices | 240 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 0.50 lbs | List price $14.99
from Turtleback Books (April 13, 2004)
9781417639175 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 0.55 lbs | List price $16.00
About: Joey tries to keep his life from degenerating into total chaos when his mother sends him to be home-schooled with a hostile blind girl, his divorced parents cannot stop fighting, and his grandmother is dying of emphysema.

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