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Joey Pigza Loses Control

Author: Jack Gantos

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
ISBN: 0374399891
Retail Price: $15.95
Our Price: $10.40

Publisher: Harper Trophy
ISBN: 0064410226
Retail Price: $5.95
Our Price: $3.90


“He was wired. No doubt about it.... Now I know what 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 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.


  • Newberry Honor Book
  • An ALA Notable Book
  • A Publisher’s Weekly Best Book
  • A School Library Journal Best Book
  • A Horn Book Fanfare Book
  • A Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon book
  • A New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A Booklist Editor’s Choice


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