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Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm

by Megan McDonald

Other authors: Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)

Series: Judy Moody (11)

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In Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm, a charismatic girl named Judy gets a squished penny from her grandma. All of these great things start happening to her and she realizes that the penny is good luck! Judy's luck continues when she has lucky cereal in the morning, finds $10 while walking to school, and gets three strikes in a row at her friend's birthday part! Judy then uses her newfound good luck to enroll herself in a spelling bee in Washington D.C. However, something goes wrong with the penny right before the bee, so she has to use her inner courage and brains to continue on with the spelling bee. ( )
  ShannonKearns23 | Mar 15, 2017 |
AR level: 3.1 LG
Lexile: 470 ( )
  liblb | Dec 25, 2014 |
A cute 3rd grade level book. Good for working on fluency. ( )
  Lukesilvera | Apr 26, 2013 |
Grades 1-4

Ever since Grandma gave Judy a lucky penny, nothing can go wrong-- she's able to get the stuffed animal prize in the claw game, she finds $10, she even bowls a turkey at the bowling alley! But all that changes when the penny gets dropped in the toilet. Afterwards, Judy can't seem to find ANY good luck. She was so looking forward to going to Washington, DC as the third-grade winner of the spelling bee, but after the penny fiasco, Judy loses to Jessica Finch! Even when Judy finds out that her family is going to go along so that Judy can babysit Jessica's pet pig, Judy almost loses the pig. But Judy slowly realizes that good luck is out there, lucky penny or not, if she only keeps an eye out for it. A solid addition to the Judy Moody series.
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  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
Judy Moody is on a winning streak ever since she received a lucky, squished penny from her grandmother. Everything goes her way from winning repeatedly at the impossible claw machine, to bowling and the spelling bee. Humorously she turns even the unlucky (getting a papercut) to lucky (getting to wear a cool bandaid!) However once she loses her penny her luck takes a turn for the worse and she must persevere through some bad luck. The narrator's telling of the story and her voice for adult characters is good but I found her child voices, especially for Judy and Stink, to be distracting and somewhat irritating.

Recommended for ages 6-9. ( )
  lkwillia | Nov 16, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763634514, Hardcover)

Will Judy’s lucky penny lead her to the nation’s capital — or to third-grade C-A-L-A-M-I-T-Y? And what do her spelling-bee nemesis and a potbellied 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, D.C. 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 UNluck. 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 yard full of three-not-four leaf clovers, a squealing potbellied pig in an elevator, and a squashed penny with cooties? ROAR!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:02:14 -0400)

Participating in a spelling bee in the hope of winning a trip to Washington, D.C., Judy finds herself depending on her lucky penny while tackling such challenges as a nemesis and a pot-bellied pig.

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