Lesson: genre: fiction: novel: Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
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I want to put in a plug for The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza. I think Gantos does a wonderful job having us readers go on that wild ride with Joey. As before we are deep, deep, deep into Joey’s head, moving along wondering if we are heading into a train wreck or what. I think there is a story arc — how is Joey going to manage with Carter Junior on his own? And to deal with his father? I think Gantos does a remarkable job ending the book —somehow it feels that whatever happens Joey is going to get through it and see to it that Carter Junior does too. The incredibly craziness of what happens and the way Joey manages to get them through it makes me confident. And I think that is absolutely a remarkable thing for an author to do. It has been a while since I read the previous book, but I do remember it quite well (having looked at it very closely as it was out my Newbery year) and I do think we see some serious growth here with Joey, something that adds to the readers’ confidence that this boy will make it through. This book is breathtaking in spots, hilarious in others, and tender in still others. And, as Nina, notes, under 200 pages!
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos - Read …
Earlier in the season, we talked about present tense in general, but never really applied our thinking to specific books that we had all read. We have that opportunity now (and again with other shortlisted titles) to hold that particular convention up to closer scrutiny. Gantos uses it in the first couple chapters, but then drops it. I don’t think this is a good/bad novel because of how present tense is used, nor do I think it’s Newbery hopes rest on that either, but I do wonder: what does it add to the novel? Thoughts?