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Joey Pigza Loses Control

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Joey Pigza Loses Control

By Jack Gantos

HarperCollins, Paperback, 9780064410229, 208pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2002


"He was wired. No dought about it...Now I knowwhat Mom meant when she said he was like me, only bigger.""

Joey Pigza really wants his six-week visit with his dad to count, to show him he's not as wired as he used to be, to show his dad how much he loves him. But Carter Pigza's not an easy guy to love. He's eager to make it up to Joey for past wrongs and to show him how to be a winner, to take control of his life. With his coaching, Joey's even learned how to pitch a baseball, and he's good at it. The trouble is, Joey's dad thinks taking control means giving up the things that "keep Joey safe. And if he wants to please his dad, he's going to have to play by his rules, even when the rules don't make sense.

Praise For Joey Pigza Loses Control

ā€œSad, scary, blackly funny.ā€
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)