What Would Joey Do?
Joey Pigza is back one more time in What Would Joey Do?, Jack Gantos' final book about his popular ADHD character. Readers will find many of the same problems for Joey here, as he deals with his own problems, his parents' craziness, and his grandmother's failing health. Added to all of that is a new homeschool placement, including a blind girl whose favorite pasttime is to torture Joey, and her mother, who greets him at the door every morning with a perky, "What Would Jesus Do?" (Some of the funniest moments in the book occur as Joey is thinking about how to answer that question.)
This was my favorite of the Joey books, in large part because of the development of Joey's relationship with his grandmother. Gantos makes her into a truly sympathetic character, who attempts to do as much good for Joey as she can, despite her own mental and physical health problems. In some ways, readers may still feel like there is more of Joey's story to tell, but the end of the book also provides a real sense of closure for those who have followed Joey through all three books.