Judy Moody, Girl Detective (Judy Moody Series #9)

Judy Moody, Girl Detective (Judy Moody Series #9)

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by Megan McDonald, Kate Forbes

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Megan McDonald's New York Times best-selling series about rambunctious third-grader Judy Moody is a hit with young listeners who love watching their favorite heroine get into, and out of, zany situations. It's hard to tell just what kind of mood Judy's going to be in, but this time she's in a sleuthing mood—a Nancy Drew type of mood. Just itching to solve a

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Megan McDonald's New York Times best-selling series about rambunctious third-grader Judy Moody is a hit with young listeners who love watching their favorite heroine get into, and out of, zany situations. It's hard to tell just what kind of mood Judy's going to be in, but this time she's in a sleuthing mood—a Nancy Drew type of mood. Just itching to solve a case, her wish soon comes true when a local crime-dog-in-training goes missing. Could the police pooch have been dog-napped? And what's the deal with all the chocolate chip cookies disappearing around town? Looks like Judy's got her work cut out for her this time.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Judy Moody is a huge fan of super sleuth Nancy Drew, and in this latest installment (Candlewick, 2010) of Megan McDonalds's series, Judy solves three mysteries, Nancy Drew style. Calling herself, "Drewdy" Moody, Judy easily discovers that her brother Stink is behind the mystery of her stolen candy. When her teacher's glasses go missing, Judy assumes they've been stolen and is right on the case, only to discover that the glasses were merely misplaced. Finally, when Officer Kopp's dog, Mr. Chips, mysteriously vanishes, Judy, with the help of her brother Stink and a few friends, finds herself with another mystery to solve. Kate Forbes provides a distinct voice for each character. Fans of the series and budding mystery readers alike will enjoy this episode.—Amy Joslyn, Fairport Public Library, NY
From the Publisher
These books...are likely to improve the reader's mood by a good bit.
—Washington Post
Children's Literature - Margaret Orto
Judy Moody is working her way through all fifty-six classic Nancy Drew mysteries and she is ready to try some sleuthing of her own. Judy, aka Agent Liz Inkwell, Judy Drewdy, or the World's Best Mystery Solver (WBMS) easily cracks the cases of the missing candy and the stolen glasses. With two mysteries under her belt, she is ready to move on to the big time. A real life honest-to-goodness case presents itself when Mr. Chips, the police dog, goes missing. Judy is soon on the trail along with her "chums" Agent James Madagascar, (her younger brother Stink), Agent Dills Pickle, (her friend Frank) and Agent Spuds Houdini (her friend Rocky). The mysteries Judy comes across bear a striking resemblance to those of Nancy Drew as she is fond of pointing out. Nancy Drewisms abound and fans of the famous sleuth will delight in identifying them. However, readers less familiar with Nancy Drew need not worry. Judy explains it all to Stink and everyone is let in on the joke. Regardless of your familiarity, this ninth book in the "Judy Moody" series is a hilarious romp into the world of sleuthing for the chapter book set with the inimitable Judy as the guide. As always, Reynolds' illustrations entertain throughout. Reviewer: Margaret Orto

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Publication date:
Judy Moody Series, #9
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Megan McDonald is the creator of the popular and award-winning Judy Moody and Stink series. She is also the author of two Sisters Club stories, ANT AND HONEY BEE: A PAIR OF FRIENDS AT HALLOWEEN, and many other books for children. She lives in Sebastopol, California.

Peter H. Reynolds is the illustrator of the Judy Moody and Stink books and the authorillustrator of THE DOT, ISH, SO FEW OF ME, and ROSE'S GARDEN. He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.

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"It was a dark and stormy night. Rain slashed the window. Lightning flashed and thunder crashed. Spooky shadows like giant teeth danced across the walls.

Tick-tock, tick-tock went the old clock, thumping like a scary heartbeat. Quiet as a ghost, she climbed the dark, dark stairs. In her bare feet, she tiptoed down the dark, dark hallway to the dark, dark door. She tapped one, two, three times, signaling in Morse code. Just then, the door creaked open.


"AAHHH!" screamed Judy from under the covers of her top bunk bed. She let go of the Mood Libs tablet she'd been writing in. It sailed through the air, bonking Stink on the noggin.

"Ouch!" yelled Stink, rubbing his head. "Watch the brains! You're gonna give me an egg on my head."

"You already are an egghead, Stink," Judy teased.

"Well, you didn't have to throw the book at me."

"At least it wasn't the encyclopedia. That's what you get for scaring the pants off me while I was writing a spooky Mood Libs story."

"Why are you under the covers? It's the middle of the day."

"Nancy Drew says a person should never be afraid of the dark. So I was practicing."

"Why do you have a flashlight?"

"A good detective always keeps a flashlight under her pillow."

"Does Nancy Drew do that?"

"Hel-lo! Haven't you read THE MESSAGE IN THE HOLLOW OAK?"

"I'm not a Nancy Drew cuckoo-head like some people!"

"Can I help it if I'm trying to read all fifty-six original Nancy Drew classics?"

Stink waved the Mood Libs book at her. "Does Nancy Drew throw stuff at her brother, too?"

"Nancy Drew doesn't have a brother. But if she did, I'm sure she'd throw stuff if he scared the jeepers out of her."


"That's Nancy Drew talk, Stink. Get a clue."

"Do Nancy Drew mysteries have any stuff that blows up? Good mysteries have stuff that blows up. Like boats or cakes or maybe exploding motorcycles?"

"No, Stink. Nancy Drew mysteries have old clocks and hidden diaries and squeaky steps and stuff."

"Oh," said Stink. He did not sound one teeny bit scared. He sounded a teeny bit bored.

"But Nancy Drew mysteries do have stuff like exploding oranges and flaming rockets and spooky old mansions. Lots of mansions. And they are all haunted, and one time Nancy Drew almost gets crushed when the ceiling falls on her. Another time she's chased by a phantom horse. She even gets strangled by a giant python. No lie."

"Exploding pythons are cool," said Stink, getting mixed up. "Can I look at one of your Nancy Drews?"

"Over there." Judy pointed to a pile of stuff on her desk. "Under my sock monkey."

Stink lifted up the sock monkey. "Under your sock monkey is a pillow."

"Under the pillow," Judy told him. Stink lifted the pillow.

"Under your pillow is nothing but a big fat dictionary."

"Under the dictionary."

Stink lifted up the dictionary. "It's a mystery just trying to find your Nancy Drew book." Under the dictionary was Nancy Drew book #43: THE MYSTERY OF THE 99 STEPS. "Why's it under all this stuff?"

"Well, um . . . don't laugh, but-"

"Ha! Ju-dy is scare-dy!" Stink chimed. "You hid it under here because it's scary. You're scared of a Nancy Drew nightmare!"

"Can I help it if I have an overachieving imagination?" asked Judy. "I double-dare you to read it. In the dark."

Stink shivered.

"See, Nancy's friend has this weird dream about these creepy ninety-nine steps, so Nancy goes to France to try to find them and solve the mystery of her friend's dream. It's spine-chilling. Says so right on the back. Books don't lie, Stink."

"Maybe you'll have a bad dream from reading the book. Then I can go to France to solve the mystery of your bad dream. . .and see the Eiffel Tower."

"The Eiffel Tower is so beside the point, Stink. But you just gave me a genius idea. I'm going to solve a mystery. A real-life, Nancy-Drew, scare-your-pants-off mystery. For sure and absolute positive."

"What's the mystery?"

"I don't know yet. I have to find one first."

"Do you have to go to France to find it?"

"Stink, you don't have to leave the country to find a mystery. There could be one right in your own backyard."

Stink looked out the window into the yard. "All I see out there is your purple jump rope, a pink-and-white soccer ball, your bike with the flat tire, and the blue tent we use for the Toad Pee Club. The only mystery is why Mom and Dad don't make you pick up your stuff."

"Ha, ha. Very funny. A mystery is out there, Stink. Maybe not in the backyard exactly. But it could be right under our noses. All we have to do is pay attention."

Just like that, she, Judy Moody, went looking for a mystery.

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