Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm (#11)
Will Judy's lucky penny lead her to the nation's capital - or to C-A-L-A-M-I-T-Y? And what do her spelling-bee nemesis and a pot-bellied pig have to do with it? The lucky penny in Judy Moody's pocket sure does seem to be working. She can't stop winning - at bowling, spelling, the unbeatable Prize Claw, everything! For sure and absolute positive, she'll ride that wave of good fortune all the way to Washington, DC. Watch out, District of Cool, here comes Judy Moody, the luckiest kid ever, until...oh no! Her lucky penny just did a belly flop into a porcelain bowl of yucky, blucky UN-luck. Has the coin's magic gone kerflooey? Are some people, like Jessica Finch or Stink, destined to have all the luck, while she, Judy Moody, gets stuck with a garden full of three-not-four-leaf clovers, a squealing pot-bellied pig in an elevator and a squashed penny with cooties? ROAR! Judy Moody is more visible and familiar to the public than ever, thanks to the release of the "Judy Moody" movie in 2011, the publicity blitz leading up to its release and the movie tie-in publishing program. "The Judy Moody" movie and movie tie-in books landed the series back on the "New York Times" children's series bestseller list for several weeks running in summer 2011. Heavily illustrated chapter book with generous leading, compact trim and sizable type makes this an inviting choice for reluctant readers, while the humour, language and subject matter are within reach of a skilled and newly independent reader. It offers a funny look at what's luck, what's coincidence and what's just plain hard work.
Megan McDonald is the creator of the popular and award-winning Judy Moody and Stink series. She is also the author of three Sisters Club stories, Ant and Honey Bee: What a Pair! and many other books for children. She lives in Sebastopol, California.