Monday, January 17, 2011

#50 - Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos

2001 Honor Book
Halfway through my first goal of 100 books by the end of 2011!
"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."
This book showed an interesting extreme case of ADHD, both in a child, and in an adult. I really felt sorry for Joey - he tried so hard to be good, but his hyperactivity made it so hard! When the dad, took his medication away and flushed it all down the toilet, saying it was just a crutch, I wanted to punch the living daylights out of him.
Overall, a good book!

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