Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key Analysis

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Jessica, You present an interesting question, and honestly one I was heavily debating while reading for this week. Simply looking at the cover art for Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key , I initially assumed that this book was for younger readers just begining to read chapter books, perhaps 8-10 years old. However, upon further reading I was surprised by the alchoholic content of the story. In one instance Joey mixes his mother a drink (p. 41). In another, Joey questions how much his mother drank while pregnant with him and her reply is no more than usual, a glass of wine with dinner and amaretto sour after (p. 49). All I thought while reading is WHAT!? What I initially thought would be a silly fun read for younger children suddenly had me questioning
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