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  • Joey Pigza Loses Controlby Jack Gantos

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 2011; US$ 8.99

    "Like its predecessor, this high-voltage, honest novel mixes humor, pain, fear and courage with deceptive ease. Struggling to please everyone even as he sees himself hurtling toward disaster, Joey emerges as a sympathetic hero, and his heart of gold never loses its shine."-Starred, Publishers Weekly more...

  • Joey Pigza Swallowed the Keyby Jack Gantos

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 2011; US$ 8.99

    "They say I'm wired bad, or wired sad, but there's no doubt about it -- I'm wired." Joey Pigza's got heart, he's got a mom who loves him, and he's got "dud meds," which is what he calls the Ritalin pills that are supposed to even out his wild mood swings. Sometimes Joey makes bad choices. He learns the hard way that he shouldn't stick his finger... more...

  • Jack's Black Bookby Jack Gantos

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 2010; US$ 8.99

    Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include Hole in My Life , a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key , a National Book Award Finalist, Joey Pigza Loses Control , a Newbery Honor... more...

  • Jack's New Powerby Jack Gantos

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 1995; US$ 9.99

    From the Newbery Medal-winning author of Dead End in Norvelt , life for Jack Henry in a brand-new place is filled with the same old craziness more...

  • Heads or Tailsby Jack Gantos

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 1994; US$ 8.99

    Discussion Questions 1. Jack's mother tells Betsy, "A diary is for keeping all your secrets, and nobody is allowed to read it but you." Why is it important to record your secrets in a diary or journal? A secret is no longer a secret once it is shared. What type of secrets should be Jack's mother tells Betsy, "A diary is for keeping all your secrets,... more...

  • Jack on the Tracksby Jack Gantos

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 1999; US$ 8.99

    Discussing and Responding In the story "Riding Shotgun," Mr. Henry tries to teach Jack the difference between "thinking" and "worrying." Explain what Mr. Henry means when he says, "In the game of life, one will take you to the top of the heap. And one will put you on the bottom." What are Jack's greatest worries about moving to Miami? Jack knows that... more...

  • What Would Joey Do?by Jack Gantos

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 2002; US$ 8.99

    Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include Hole in My Life , a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key , a National Book Award Finalist, Joey Pigza Loses Control , a Newbery Honor... more...

  • Jack Adrift: Fourth Grade Without a Clueby Jack Gantos

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 2005; US$ 8.99

    Discussing and Responding Jack says to his parents, "I'm a little concerned about how to make friends in a new place" (p. 5). Mr. and Mrs. Henry disagree on how to meet people and make friends. Contrast their beliefs regarding friendship. What would you suggest to Jack? Brainstorm ways to help new kids in the neighborhood or new students in school... more...

  • I Am Not Joey Pigzaby Jack Gantos

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 2007; US$ 8.99

    Discussion Questions 1. Carter Pigza / Charles Heinz tells Joey, "You have to dig deeper than just your name to know who you are" (p. 14). What do you think he means? 2. Do you think Joey knows who he is at his core? 3. Being Freddie Heinz causes Joey to doubt who he is at the core. Is he really different? 4. On many occasions, Joey tries... more...

  • Hole in My Lifeby Jack Gantos

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 2002; US$ 10.99

    Classroom Connections Since reading, language arts, and English curricula often contain overlapping skills and strategies, this autobiography can be used in any setting that encourages students to read and respond to print. Hole in My Life offers teachers the chance to utilize a text that is nonfiction in genre yet employs several of the same techniques... more...