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Triggers: Child abuse, alcoholism
My 9 year old son and I listened to this touching story of Joey Pigza, his struggles with impulse control, ADHD, some really complex emotions and an imperfect mother who loves him fiercely. Joey gets kicked out of school after a series of accidents brought on by his poor choices & impulse control issues. He gets sent to a scary special school where he struggles to turn things around so when his 6 week suspension is up, he'll be alowed back into his class. The reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because there is so much emphasis placed on finding the right medication and I would have really liked to see some more emphasis on the coping skills that Joey learned. Great story overall and great depiction of struggles with ADHD.
About the triggers:
This book touches on the abuse of Joey by his grandmother in two scenes - one scene, toward the beginning of the book, she tries unsuccessfully to lock him in the refrigerator and immediately after she runs away and doesn't appear in the rest of the book. The other scene, Joey reveals some mental abuse by the grandma where she forced him to act like a dog and hit him with a flyswatter if he didn't. The book reveals Joey's mother used to have a drinking problem and his absent father still does. His father doesn't appear in this book. No drunkenness is depicted in the story.