The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza is the last chapter in the Joey Pigza series by the incredible Jack Gantos. I have written a lot about him here.
This book was certainly dark, it brought me to tears several times. It is so rich and incredible and Gantos makes Joey come alive in a way that just opens your heart to him. There were times I was so angry with his parents. Okay, well I was angry at his parents all of the time. But not Joey. Joey is just such a good, good, good person. He makes me want to be a better person. Gantos reads the audio book and I love hearing his voice. And he has a special message at the end of the book, talking about how he was inspired to write the Joey books because of a boy he met on a school visit. He encourages all of us to give the kid who is off the wall or spinning out of control a chance. Wow. This whole book is just incredible.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.