I Am Not Joey Pigza (Joey Pigza Series #4)

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The award-winning Joey Pigza series continues in this rocket-paced audiobook where Joey discovers what identity and forgiveness really mean. Joey Pigza is knocked for a loop when his good-for-nothing dad shows up on his doorstep as a recycled person. After a lucky lotto win, Carter Pigza truly believes he's somebody else. He's even renamed himself Charles Heinz—and he insists that Joey and his mother join his happy Heinz family plan. Joey has little choice but to embrace a head-spinning series of changes, which ...

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Overview

The award-winning Joey Pigza series continues in this rocket-paced audiobook where Joey discovers what identity and forgiveness really mean. Joey Pigza is knocked for a loop when his good-for-nothing dad shows up on his doorstep as a recycled person. After a lucky lotto win, Carter Pigza truly believes he's somebody else. He's even renamed himself Charles Heinz—and he insists that Joey and his mother join his happy Heinz family plan. Joey has little choice but to embrace a head-spinning series of changes, which include having to leave school to help out at the beat-up roadside diner his dad has purchased. But Joey is afraid that in going with the flow, he will go over the falls and end up in a place far away from who he really is.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In suitably off-kilter fashion, this fourth installment in what had been previously called a trilogy finds the hyperactive hero reunited with Carter Pigza, his "no-good squinty-eyed bad dad." Having won a small fortune in the lottery, Carter's back to reclaim his role as family man. The hilarious "rewedding" vows-his "I forgive you for all the times you called me a lifelong loser" begets wife Fran's "I forgive you for trying to run me over with your motorcycle"-establish the theme for this episode in Joey's chaotic childhood: How do you forgive people for being who they are? Especially when who they are is an incredibly lousy parent? Carter, like Joey, is not a man of small gestures; in wiping the slate clean, he changes their names to Charles, Maria and Freddy Heinz, and moves the family to the country where he has bought a roadside diner to renovate and open as The Beehive. Naturally, things do not go according to plan. In one scene, Joey/Freddy plays in traffic in a bee costume to publicize the new restaurant and winds up in police custody. As in the other Joey Pigza books, the plot doesn't move so much as careen from one over-the-top event to the next, the achievement being that every one of them feels entirely plausible. Gantos exercises complete command of his subject-so thoroughly inside the dented head of his character that readers easily suspend disbelief. Another wild ride-over serious terrain. Ages 10-up. (Aug.)

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VOYA - Mary Ann Darby
Lovable Joey Pigza is back-or is he really Freddie Heinz? As Joey continues to struggle with his impulses and getting his life under control, he realizes that his mother has a new man in her life when all new furniture suddenly appears in their house. When Joey learns this "new" man is his father, sporting a different name and new attitude after winning a lottery, he is understandably suspicious. But his mother embraces this changed man who now calls himself Charles Heinz and renames her, Joey, and even the dogs as a means of getting a fresh start. The parents remarry and prepare to open a diner, which his father assures them is only the beginning of amazing prosperity. Still struggling about letting go of his Joey-self to become Freddie, Joey learns to cook and shoot paintball because his parents keep him out of school. His pregnant mother frenetically shops while his father maniacally schemes to find more winning lottery numbers. When his mother gives early birth to her new son, Joey's dad once again runs, leaving Joey to contemplate the power of forgiveness. Joey's character continues to evolve in this fourth book. Despite his father's attempt to sabotage his tenuous stability by temporarily taking his med patch away, putting an all-terrain vehicle and a paintball gun in his hands, and keeping him out of school, Joey steadfastly remains on his path of self-knowledge, while his mom and dad continue to be poster-parents for dysfunctional family models. Junior high students as well as teachers who are fans of Joey will laugh and shake their heads over this latest fast-paced installment of his tale.
School Library Journal

Gr 5-7 -In this latest installment (Farrar, Strauss 2007) in the series by Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza's life is turned upside down when his father comes back into the picture claiming to be a changed man, with a new name-Charles Heinz. Joey's dad recently won the lottery and is trying to use this new good karma to convince Joey and his mom to join him and become the Heinz family. With a series of humorous and poignant moments, Joey struggles with his new identity as Freddy Heinz, while trying to forgive his father for his past. Gantos treats listeners to a spot-on performance of Joey's scattered and adventurous life. The charming and, at times, whining tones of Gantosa' vocal patterns are perfect for the spunky Joey, while at the same time clearly conveying the more adult voices in Joey's world. The pacing of the audio is consistently swift, keeping up with Joey's antics and his dad's sometimes maniacal scheming to gain more good karma, while frantically trying to select more winning lottery numbers rather than actually having to work. This enjoyable audiobook sill be a treat for school and public libraries.-Stephanie A. Squicciarini, Fairport Public Library, NY

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Kirkus Reviews
Joey's father, Carter Pigza, is back in Joey's life. He's a new man with a new plan, even a new name: Charles Heinz, lottery winner and entrepreneur. Mrs. Pigza is now "Maria," not Fran, and Joey is "Freddy." New names, new identities, a chance to jettison the past and start over. But as craziness unfolds, Joey/Freddy begins to realize that "once you give up who you are, you can become anybody," but then how do you ever know who you really are? As Fran says, Maria was starting to feel "like a guest who wouldn't leave," and to Joey, "Freddy" is feeling like a lunatic. "I'm going crazy from not knowing who I am," he says. With this fourth installment in the series, Gantos offers it all: outrageous schemes, funny scenes, strong voice, dramatic characters and profound reflections on identity, family and love. It stands well on its own, though anyone new to Joey's saga will want to read more. This is Gantos at his best, and that's saying a lot. (Fiction. 10+)
From the Publisher

“Delightful.”—People magazine

“Life becomes even more complicated for the wired sixth grader . . . hilarious.”—Booklist, Starred Review

“Stands well on its own, though anyone new to Joey’s saga will want to read more. This is Gantos at his best, and that’s saying a lot.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Another wild ride—over serious terrain.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Gantos tells the tale with unfailing humor, delicious wordplay, and many hilarious scenes.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review

“Joey steadfastly remains on his path of self-knowledge.”—VOYA

“Gantos is wise and subtle in his exploration of his hero’s identity dilemma.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Readers will admire Joey’s genuine desire to make his parents proud and laugh at his zany perspectives.”—International Reading Association

“Middle grade readers who know Joey will be happy to see his return.”—TeenReadsToo.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739356760
  • Publisher: Listening Library, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/20/2007
  • Series: Joey Pigza Series, #4
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

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 book, and Dead End in Norvelt, winner of the Newbery Medal and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction.

Jack was raised in Norvelt, Pennsylvania, and when he was seven, his family moved to Barbados. He attended British schools, where there was much emphasis on reading and writing, and teachers made learning a lot of fun. When the family moved to south Florida, he found his new classmates uninterested in their studies, and his teachers spent most of their time disciplining students. Jack retreated to an abandoned bookmobile (three flat tires and empty of books) parked out behind the sandy ball field, and read for most of the day. The seeds for Jack’s writing career were planted in sixth grade, when he read his sister’s diary and decided he could write better than she could. He begged his mother for a diary and began to collect anecdotes he overheard at school, mostly from standing outside the teachers’ lounge and listening to their lunchtime conversations. Later, he incorporated many of these anecdotes into stories.

While in college, he and an illustrator friend, Nicole Rubel, began working on picture books. After a series of well-deserved rejections, they published their first book, Rotten Ralph, in 1976. It was a success and the beginning of Jack’s career as a professional writer. Jack continued to write children’s books and began to teach courses in children’s book writing and children’s literature. He developed the master’s degree program in children’s book writing at Emerson College and the Vermont College M.F.A. program for children’s book writers. He now devotes his time to writing books and educational speaking. He lives with his family in Boston, Massachusetts.

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I Am Not Joey Pigza


By Gantos, Jack

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Copyright © 2007 Gantos, Jack
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780374399412

From I Am Not Joey Pigza
 
“I couldn’t sleep the other night,” Dad said, “and then I was stung with a brilliant idea!”

Before I knew it I was dressed in a fuzzy black-and-yellow bee costume and standing out in front of the diner on the side of Highway 30. The head on the bee costume was so huge that Dad had to tape it to the bee body to keep it from falling off. I had a huge cardboard sign nailed to a stick, which I waved back and forth as cars passed.
 
COMING SOON!
BEEHIVE DINER FAST FOO
 
Dad had run out of room on the sign, so there was no D on food. When I pointed that out to him he just tapped the side of his head and said slyly, “When people see the mistake it will make them look twice. One of the great rules of advertising is that there is no such thing as bad publicity.” Below FOO he had written in smaller letters,
No job? No money? Eat Thanksgiving dinner for free – noon to three! It seemed to me that a car would have to be creeping along at about two miles an hour to read our free invitation.
 
“You drum up business,” he had said, putting the sign in my hand. “I’ve got some new numbers to play. Then I’ll make a food supply run and pick up your momdowntown.” He got into the Heinzmobile. “And remember, hardworking little honeybees harvest good karma for the hive. See you later, bee-boy!”


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    I love this book

    I read the other three and this one is the perfect conclusion

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    The best book of all time!!!

    Cant wait for the next book! Jack Gantos has really gone all out on this awesome novel. I feel like i am right there in the heart of Joey's messed up world with his crazy family!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2011

    Joey pigza

    Amazing book and cant what for the next one to come out

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    I really didnt like this book because i thought the whole concept was dumb. It fell way below the standards of the other books. I will not be reading Jack Gantos again.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Nook sex

    Im a girl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    IANJP

    When I posted this I realized why it is called I Am Not Joey Pigza

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    Lulu river

    Horble ruined the while serise it made me cry and die in side just awful di not read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    loved ut Zke k Zoe

    Awesome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Hullo from Kayleigh

    Hullo im kayleigh im 14 from united kingdom

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Good Book!!

    My school librarian read it to my class when I was in fourth grade and I really liked it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Joey

    A very great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    What we as people think!!!!!!

    I think this a good book for kids 11-16. It was a interesting book. Then again that is just my opinion. The intrested level would probaly be around 9 and10.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    I don't Knn I don't know

    I do not know what this book is about. But I must read it to my kids when I grow up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Ok

    Ok book but it was not the best book i have read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    What a coincidence!

    My first name is Joey!

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    Posted February 17, 2012

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    I have it

    I have this at myy libray. Havent read

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    Best one yet

    I love this book jack whent all out i love joey pigza books cause i think i relate with the ADHD exp. if i had the chance in school i would spin myself as fast as i could!

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    Omg

    I cant wait i have been waiting4ever

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  • Posted November 1, 2008

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    In I AM NOT JOEY PIGZA, author Jack Gantos has reunited the family for more fantastic Pigza adventures. <BR/><BR/>In case you haven't met Joey and his family, they suffer from the affliction commonly known as ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). He suffers from it, his father has it, and his grandmother had it, too. The beginning of this new book shows Joey and his mother are adjusting to life after the death of Grandma Pigza. They are doing pretty well. Joey is handling the pressures of school, and mom is working at a local nail salon. The two family Chihuahuas are as crazy as ever. <BR/><BR/>Soon Fran Pigza announces to Joey that she has been secretly seeing his dad, Carter Pigza, for several months. His dad has recently had a lucky lottery win and "found" his new, true self - Mr. Charles Heinz. He wants to reconnect with the family and even has new identities for them. Fran is to be Maria Heinz, and Joey will be the new Freddy Heinz. <BR/><BR/>Along with what Joey calls the rewedding of his parents, there is a fair amount of cash flowing. Before he knows it, Joey and his parents and the two dogs are moving. They are the proud owners of a roadside diner. The plan is to open the diner, keep playing the lottery, and win big so they can have the life his father says Charles Heinz and family deserves. <BR/><BR/>Even with a new name, the Pigza "luck" and craziness take control. First there's a free Thanksgiving meal at the diner for everyone who needs it, then there's a wild Christmas with ATV's and paintball guns which leads to the new plan - building a Paintball Gun Shooting Gallery. All these plans are accompanied by furious spending sprees, preparations for a new baby, and dodging the school authorities who think Joey should be attending class. <BR/><BR/>Middle grade readers who know Joey will be happy to see his return. For new readers, be sure to check out the previous titles in the series, which includes JOEY PIGZA SWALLOWED THE KEY, JOEY PIGZA LOSES CONTROL, and WHAT WOULD JOEY DO?

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