What Would Joey Do?

Title

What Would Joey Do?

Authors

Jack Gantos

Publisher

HarperColl

Publication Year

2004

ISBN

9780060544034

Pages

240 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Joey's dad just roared into town on a motorcycle, his mom is chasing her ex-husband away with a broomstick, and his grandma's camped out on the couch behind a plastic shower curtain. What's more, Joey's chihuahua has been dognapped, and his mom insists that he be homeschooled with a mean blind girl and her super-religious mother. Welcome to Joey's world. With his new self-assumed role as "Mr. Helpful," Joey's on a mission to make everything and everyone better. Can Joey accomplish all this or will his wild, wired behavior spin him out of control all over again?

Grade Level

6-8, 9-12

Lexile Measure

860L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Family member death; Physical disability; Leaning disability; death of a grandmother; blind; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother, father, and grandmother

Awards

Parents' Choice Awards
Society of School Librarians International Book Awards, 2003, Honor Book, Language Arts K-6 Novels
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2003
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2002
Bulletin Blue Ribbons, 2002 Fiction
Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, Supplement, 2003
Children's Literature Choice List, 2002 Longer Books with More Sophisticated Themes for Middle Readers (Children 8 to 12)
Choices, 2003 Children's Fiction
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2002
Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Eighth Edition, 2003
School Library Journal Best Books, 2002 Grades 4-8
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, 2002

Keywords

parental neglect; motorcycle; homeschool; Christianity; dog; friendship

Diversity Impact

direct

What Would Joey Do?

Share

COinS