I am not Joey Pigza /

by Gantos, Jack.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007Edition: 1st ed.Description: 215 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0374399417:.Title notes: BRA $16.00 8/11/2007$16.00 5/28/2010Subject(s): Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder -- Fiction | Diners (Restaurants) -- Fiction | Fathers -- Fiction | Lotteries -- Fiction | Identity -- FictionOnline resources: Sample text | Publisher description | Contributor biographical information Summary: Joey's father returns, calling himself Charles Heinz and apologizing for his past bad behavior, and he swears that once Joey and his mother change their names and help him fix up the old diner he has bought, their lives will change for the better.
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<p>Just when Joey Pigza's wired world finally seems to be under control, his good-for-nothing dad pops back into his life. This time, though, Carter Pigza is a new man - literally. After a lucky lotto win, Carter Pigza has a crazy new outlook on life, and he's even changed his name to Charles Heinz. He thinks Joey and his mom should become new people, too. Soon Joey finds himself bombarded with changes: a new name, a new home, and a new family business - running the beat-up Beehive Diner. Heknows he should forgive his dad as his mom wants him to, and get with the new family program. But Joey is afraid that in changing names and going with the flow he will lose sight of who he really is.</p> <p>In this rocket-paced new chapter in Joey Pigza's life, a favorite hero discovers what identity and forgiveness really mean, and how to cook a delicious turkey burger.</p> <p>This title has Common Core connections.</p>

Joey's father returns, calling himself Charles Heinz and apologizing for his past bad behavior, and he swears that once Joey and his mother change their names and help him fix up the old diner he has bought, their lives will change for the better.

BRA $16.00 8/11/2007

$16.00 5/28/2010

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">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 mom downtown." He got into the Heinzmobile. "And remember, hardworking little honeybees harvest good karma for the hive. See you later, bee-boy!" Excerpted from I Am Not Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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Horn Book Review

(Intermediate) What Would Joey Do? (rev. 11/02) was billed as the conclusion to a trilogy, so this fourth book is as unexpected as the events it chronicles. Joey's troubled father is back -- calling himself Charles Heinz, proselytizing about the power of positive thinking, and talking big about his moneymaking dreams (thanks to a modest lottery win). More unbelievable still, Joey's parents have reunited -- despite their toxic track record -- and are determined to drag skeptical, bemused Joey into their deluded plans. Worst of all, his mother (Maria Heinz, a.k.a. Fran Pigza) insists Joey embrace his new identity and, as Freddy Heinz, forgive his father for past wrongs. Joey Pigza would never absolve his father, but what would Freddy Heinz do? Joey, who remains a lovable antihero, struggles with this dilemma while trying to make the best of the doomed situation. This installment, however, relies more on caricature and frantic slapstick than on the nuanced character development and poignantly portrayed chaos that made earlier volumes so satisfying and funny. Readers new to Joey's world will find it more bizarre than tragicomic, but fans of the three previous adventures will forgive the missteps to spend more time with their favorite wired kid. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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