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Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 6T5.153435

Sequel to Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor Book

Are they flirting or fighting? This is Joey Pigza's question when the fireworks suddenly start to explode between his long-separated mom and dad, whom he's never really had a chance to see together. The more out of control his parents get, the less in control Joey feels and the more he wants to help make things better. But Joey's ailing tell-it-like-it-is grandmother wants her grandson to see it like it is with his unpredictable parents. Knowing that she is fading fast, she needs Joey to hurry up and show that he can break the Pigza family mold by making a friend in the outside world. The only potential candidate, however, is Olivia Lapp -- Joey's blind homeschooling partner, who brags that she is "blind as a brat" and acts meaner to Joey the more desperate he gets for her friendship -- even if Joey senses there's more to her than meets the eye.

In this dazzling episode, Jack Gantos's acclaimed hyperactive hero discovers that settling down isn't good for anything if he can't find a way to stop the people he cares about from winding him up all over again.

What Would Joey Do? is a 2003 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published on October 21, 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN-10: 0374399867
ISBN-13: 9780374399863
4 Book Reviews
  • nmartinez
    nmartinezalmost 8 years33 stars
    I loveđź’• this book because last year techer read a of the books to us.
    • faublea
      faubleaover 8 years
      I love this book it's so good I encourage people and students to read this book. It's better than you think. Don't judge a book by it's cover!!!
      • penguingirl152
        penguingirl152over 9 years55 starsFeatured
        this book is kinda sad joey wants to be a normal kid but as it turns out he is but his family is not. this is also a funny book. i really like it when joey puts labels on his forehead. you should really read this. so far it is a good book. wait. its GREAT.
        • agirl
          agirlalmost 10 years
          This book is tragic. His mom is chasing his dad with a broom when shes not with her new boyfriend. AND his grandmother is dying of a lung disease because shes been smoking for 50 years. Joey Pigza doesnt know what to do. At the end, the grandmother dies. The dad starts secretly dating the mom again, and Joey moves on in life. Well, what else can he do?