Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Character Descriptions

Jack Gantos
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Joey Pigza

This character is a young man with a hyperactivity disorder who cannot seem to help himself from getting into trouble.

Ms. Fran Pigza

This character is a troubled woman with several issues who left her son with her abusive mother.

Grandma Pigza

This character tries to close her grandson in the refrigerator.

Ed Vanness / Special Ed

This character is a caseworker assigned to the main character's particular case.

Mrs. Maxy

This character is a school teacher who seeks out the help one of her hyperactive students needs.

Carter Pigza

This character abandoned his family when his son was only in kindergarten.

Nurse Holyfield

This character believes that a hyperactive boy is being improperly medicated.


This character is disabled, in that his arms have no elbows and little length, so his hands are mere stumps at his shoulders.

Mrs. Howard

This character is the Special Education...

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