I Am Not Joey Pigza

Gantos, Jack. I Am Not Joey Pigza. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.  ISBN: 978-0-374-39941-2.
Joey PigzaJack Gantos has added a fourth book to the Joey Pigza series titled I Am Not Joey Pigza.  Not surprisingly, Joey has a bit of an identity crisis when his dad shows up and announces that he has changed the family’s names to go along with the new exciting people that they are to become.  No one goes untouched, and Joey becomes Freddie Heinz and even the chihuahuas Pablo and Pablita become El Gordo and Quesadilla.  So does changing one’s name, and even face, change who one is on the outside?  Joey, both thoughtfully and energetically, wrestles with his relationship with his “new and improved” family in this funny book.  Joey can be found at JUV G211i.

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