I think a lot about Joey Pigza.
If you don’t know who is, you are missing out on perhaps the most endearing character in all of modern children’s literature. Joey’s desire to do the right thing despite his inability to do so is all too familiar to this homeschooling mother of two “spirited” boys. And his sympathetic understanding of his parents’ alcoholism and grandmother’s cruelty can break your heart.
It’s hard to read Joey. His life is hard, his little ADD body won’t get with the program, and he longs to make it all right without ever having those desires truly met. Reviewers note the difficulty of reading the book:
Stepping into Joey Pigza’s skin isn’t easy . . .But it’s worth the discomforting fit. –Deirdre Donahue, USA Today
Joey tells his own story, and it reads like a ride in a car without brakes.
–Sue Corbett, Knight Ridder News Service
Joey often comes to mind as we’re homeschooling. And I found out that the third book in the series finds Joey doing just that. I ordered the entire series, but haven’t read beyond the first book yet. If you’ve read them, I’d love to hear what you think.
Note: If you are thinking about reading it to your kids, please be aware that the reviews say that it is appropriate for ages nine and up. We thought it was okay for a six and seven year old, especially since we were reading it together, but our judgement isn’t always the best. Have I mentioned that we took our kids out of perfectly fine school and are trying to teach them at home?