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What Would Joey Do?

What Would Joey Do?

Fall 2002 Fiction
Ages: 10 - 15 yrs.
Author: Jack Gantos
ISBN: 0-374-39986-7
Hardcover Price: $16.00
Paperback Price: $16.00
Now that Joey's divorced mom has a new boyfriend, his dad has returned to town to buzz their house on his roaring motorcycle. The fact that his own sick, elderly mother is living with his son and former wife doesn't deter him at all. Indeed, nothing deters Joey's parents from their incessant, noisy battles, least of all their son.

When Joey's mom sends him to be homeschooled with a bratty blind girl with a religious mother whose motto is "What Would Jesus Do?" , Joey adopts this motto - with his own modifications.

While the premises of Joey's story - no allies except a small dog and a sick old lady - are harsh, the book is hilarious. Joey's author has one of the most original, ludicrous, compassionate minds around. Readers can only marvel when Joey is forced to lead a group of tiny, yappy dogs on a rope, "like a Chihuahua charm bracelet."

Kemie Nix   ©2002 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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