What Would Joey Do?

What Would Joey Do?

by Jack Gantos
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Overview

What Would Joey Do? by Jack Gantos

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374706494
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 10/21/2002
Series: Joey Pigza Series , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 624,382
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About 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.


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, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book. Jack was born in Mount Pleasant, 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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What Would Joey Do? (Joey Pigza Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book i think its a must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in school and now i am reading it every day
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book because it gave me alot of laughs. This book was about joey and his parents got divorced and his parents try to get along with each other. But you will just have to read this book to find out what happens!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book What Would Joey Do? is a very interesting book. It is bout Joey, a kid who has ADHD. He I always hyper and has a lot of family problems. His grandmother is a lady who is always talking about how she is going to die and his mother and father are always getting into arguments. Not only does Joey have problems in his house but also in his school. He is home schooled at one of his mother¿s fiend¿s house. He has problems in school because he has to help out a blind girl who is very mean to him and is always trying to get him into trouble. The only friend that Joey has is his Chihuahua, but Joey has a big problem when his Chihuahua stolen. I liked this book because it shows that there is no perfect family and it also shows that children with disabilities or with violent parents have a very rough life. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to listen to or read adventurous books. This book is full of adventures that Joey has because of his rough life. I would also recommend this book to abusive parents so that they can learn that they are really hurting their children by having so much violence around them. I would give this book three and a half stars out of five because it was fun to read but with a lot of unnecessary detail.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book that I read was â¿¿What Would Joey Do?â¿ This book starts out with Joey Pigza telling us about his Dad riding his motorcycle around the house driving Mom mad. They do this for weeks until Dad crashes and lands in a tree with a branch in his side. Joeyâ¿¿s Dad gets away from the hospital and starts it up again. Mom hides with Booth. Joey is home schooled with Olivia Lapp. Olivia is a blind girl with a bad temper. Joey has to take care of his Grandma that just licks stamps and letters for her lung transplant. Dad steals all the dogs like Joeyâ¿¿s dog to try to get Joey to meat with him. Joey meats him and takes the dogs with him to return the dogs. On Thanksgiving Day it was fine until Dad came and Mom started throwing things at him, she even throws knives. A couple of days latter Grandma died. At the funeral his parents are fighting again so Joey leaves. He goes to Miss. Lapp if Olivia and he could go to Godspell. If you want to find out what happens you will have to read the book, â¿¿What Would Joey do?â¿ I liked this book because it has a lot of entertainment in it. This book is in a series but you can read it in any order. People that will like this book is with parents that are always fighting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know many people have commented about this book and said it's great, deserving a 5 star. I give it four, since it's not the best ever. It's a great book to read but reading the back summary gives all the information and surprise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Darn autocorrect. I meant to write IVE NEVER READ THIS BOOK AND I ALREADY KNOW ITS BAD BECAUSE IN THE FIRST ONE A GIRLS NOSE GOT CHOPPED OFF!!!! Oh well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi guys! I still haven't found my nook, I'm on my mom's right now. But don't worry, I'll be up and writing again soon! ~J10
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Today is my bithday -Haidn
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SHE LOST HER NOOK!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WHAT I MISS?
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Crazy joey funy book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This thing is kool
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One thing that was action packed was that Joey¿s dad gets hurt pretty bad by the mom. She hits him with a broom and knocks him off his bike. After he started to fly through the air he hits a tree and gets hurt pretty bad. There is one sad thing and that is that Joey¿s grandma dies. The doctors said she died for lung cancer. One more thing is that the mom and dad don¿t get back together. It¿s all because the mom doesn¿t want to. this is a great book and that¿s why I would recommend it for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What Would Joey Do is the best book in the Joey Pigza series. Jack Gantos puts you right in the shoes of Joey Pigza. His great attention to detail makes Joey come alive on the pages. I could not put this book down! I read it cover to cover and wanted more when I was done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst book ever so babyish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is horribke
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joey is weird.