Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Joey Pigza is a young boy with a turbulent past. He suffers from ADD and cannot control his behavior, despite medication and best intentions. Joey is constantly getting into trouble at school for his behavior and sent to the principal's office. One day his behavior comes to a shattering climax and he is suspended from school for several weeks and then sent to a Special Education facility to receive counseling. At the facility Joey meets his new teacher and is sent to Pittsburgh for further medical tests. The medical people put Joey on a "patch" which releases the medication at a more regulated rate and his behavor improves. As a reward for his improved behavior, his mother buys him a dog that Joey calls Pablo. After spending a few weeks in Special Ed, Joey returns to his regular school to try to once more to fit in with his fellow students.