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Jude Watson

Author of Beyond the Grave

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About the Author

Judy Blundell, pseudonym Jude Watson, is an American author of books for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers. Jude Watson is primarily known as the author of Star Wars books. Writing for the Star Wars franchise she works with editors from LucasBooks as well as Scholastic. Her debut came show more when LucasBooks recruited her to write the Star Wars Journal Captive to Evil by Princess Leia Organa, published by Scholastic in 1998. Beside the journals of Princess Leia, Queen Amidala (1999), and Darth Maul (1999), Watson is the author of three series that comprise about forty books: Jedi Apprentice (except for the first book), Jedi Quest, and The Last of the Jedi. She is also a co-author with K. D. Burkett in the Star Wars: Science Adventures series. Her other books include the romance series Brides of Wildcat County, the parapsychic science fictions Premonitions and Disappearance, and three books in the 39 Clues mystery adventure series. She won the annual National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 2008 for the young-adult novel What I Saw and How I Lied, published under her real name by Scholastic Books. In 2013 she made The New York Times Best Seller List for her title Nowhere to Run. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

Jude Watson is the pseudonym for author Judy Blundell.

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Works by Jude Watson

Beyond the Grave (2009) 2,306 copies
In Too Deep (2009) 1,720 copies
What I Saw And How I Lied (2008) 1,533 copies
Vespers Rising (2011) 1,081 copies
The Dark Rival (1999) 799 copies
A King's Ransom (2011) 682 copies
Loot (2014) 661 copies
The Hidden Past (1999) 601 copies
The Trail of the Jedi (2002) 596 copies
The Mark of the Crown (1999) — Author — 577 copies
The Defenders of the Dead (1999) 536 copies
The Way of the Apprentice (2002) 507 copies
The Desperate Mission (2005) 479 copies
The Captive Temple (2000) 475 copies
The Uncertain Path (2000) 469 copies
The Fight for Truth (2000) 448 copies
The Day of Reckoning (2000) 444 copies
Episode I Journal: Queen Amidala (1999) — Author — 404 copies
The Shattered Peace (2000) 394 copies
Deceptions (2001) 364 copies
The Evil Experiment (2001) 363 copies
Premonitions (2004) 359 copies
Dark Warning (2005) 357 copies
The Deadly Hunter (2000) 356 copies
Strings Attached (2011) 334 copies
The Dangerous Rescue (2001) 332 copies
The Ties That Bind (2001) 331 copies
The Death of Hope (2001) 319 copies
Sting: A Loot Novel (2016) 315 copies
The Only Witness (2002) 313 copies
The Call to Vengeance (2001) 312 copies
Underworld (2005) 309 copies
The Threat Within (2002) 306 copies
Death on Naboo (2006) 297 copies
The Followers (2002) 284 copies
The Dangerous Games (2002) 281 copies
The Master of Disguise (2002) 276 copies
Nowhere to Run (2013) 273 copies
The School of Fear (2003) 262 copies
The High Season (2018) 257 copies
Path to Truth (2001) 247 copies
Secrets of the Jedi (2005) 240 copies
The Changing of the Guard (2004) 239 copies
The Shadow Trap (2003) 238 copies
Return of the Dark Side (2006) 237 copies
Legacy of the Jedi (2003) 221 copies
Master of Deception (2008) 206 copies
Secret Weapon (2007) 205 copies
The 39 Clues: Books 1-8 (2008) 196 copies
Against the Empire (2007) 195 copies
The Final Showdown (2004) 190 copies
Mission Titanic (2015) 189 copies
The False Peace (2004) 183 copies
The Moment of Truth (2003) 176 copies
Reckoning (2008) 172 copies
Horizon: A Warp in Time (2018) 77 copies
Impetuous: Mattie's Story (1996) 21 copies
Disappearing Act (1994) 20 copies
Dangerous: Savannah's Story (1995) 19 copies
Scandalous: Eden's Story (1995) 17 copies
Audacious: Ivy's Story (1995) 16 copies
STAR WARS Jedi Padawan, Sammelband 1 (2004) — Author — 11 copies
Tempestuous: Opal's Story (1996) 7 copies
A Ascensão dos Vesper (2012) 5 copies
El experimento maligno (2003) 2 copies
Star Wars (2004) 2 copies
Star Wars Short Story Collection — Contributor — 2 copies
Loot Book #2: Sting (2017) 2 copies
P ̄djupt vatten (2009) 1 copy
El fin de la paz (2009) 1 copy
El único testigo (1999) 1 copy
Los discípulos (2009) 1 copy

Associated Works


39 Clues (259) action (85) adventure (439) children (98) children's (207) children's fiction (82) coming of age (123) ebook (91) family (123) fantasy (308) Fantasy & Magic (60) fiction (1,282) Florida (97) historical fiction (219) Jedi (66) Jedi Apprentice (351) jedi quest (121) juvenile (121) juvenile fiction (205) Last of the Jedi (69) media tie-in (69) murder (92) mystery (495) novel (61) Obi-Wan Kenobi (67) paperback (81) read (176) science fiction (1,670) series (290) series: star wars (56) sf (55) sff (62) Star Wars (2,801) Star Wars fiction (65) star-wars-legends (65) to-read (597) WWII (88) YA (313) young adult (512) young adult fiction (67)

Common Knowledge

Legal name
Blundell, Judy
Other names
Watson, Jude
Places of residence
Katonah, New York, USA
Awards and honors
National Book Award Young People's Literature (2008)
Disambiguation notice
Jude Watson is the pseudonym for author Judy Blundell.



FROM AMAZON: Anakin Skywalker knows that Obi-Wan Kenobi did not choose him as an apprentice. Instead, it was teh dying wish of Obi-Wan's own Master, Qui-Gon Jinn, that brought them together. Now, Anakin is beginning to doubt his Master's commitment....and Obi-Wan is starting to wonder if he will ever be as good a Master as qui-Gon.

With these things in mind, Master and apprentice head out on a training exercise that soon turns into a struggle to survive. A squad of bounty hunters has been hired to capture the Jedi - and they will stop at nothing to do it. Anakin and Obi-Wan must avoid the traps and ambushes...and try to discover who is behind the deadly Jedi hunt.

Set between Episode I and Episode II, the Jedi Quest series traces the emergence and education of Anakin Skywalker as a young Jedi devoted to the Force -- and tempted by its dark side.
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Gmomaj | 2 other reviews | Nov 3, 2023 |
This was my favorite book in the series so far. It was still filled with some of the same zany antics and cheesy dialog from the previous books, but I really liked the way the story unfolded. Dan and Amy had some serious sibling things to work out between them, and Nellie, their au pair, really took a step up in my estimation too. I appreciate more and more the scenes shown now and then from the perspectives of various opponent Cahills, as we get to see that they're more than just evil villains. And frankly, I'm glad the Holts weren't in this one, because so far, they're just an annoying family of meatheads. Maybe some future book will give me a different view of them though.

You know what I would love? A recap of what clues have already been found, because when I think back on the previous books, I'm not sure I can accurately remember which things they found were official Clues and which things were clues to the clues. But while I'm not sure that the mystery and clue part of these books actually make any kind of logical sense and would really work out in real life at all, I'm still enjoying the ride and look forward to continuing the series.
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Kristi_D | 45 other reviews | Sep 22, 2023 |
The High Season by Judy Blundell is a smart summer read. The descriptive fast paced writing makes for entertainment plus. The story of Ruthie going through divorce, running a museum and having to rent out her dream house for the summer to make ends meet, is mostly a delight. Keeping track of the cast of characters can be exhausting. The rapid-fire dialogue loses its punch in the last third of the novel. Additionally, cynicism creeps into each character which makes for a generic sameness. But hey this is her first novel and Judy has a way with words so I say bravo!… (more)
GordonPrescottWiener | 26 other reviews | Aug 24, 2023 |
Another of my son’s old kid’s books I read before donating. This is a Star Wars story, part of a series apparently, of Jedi in trouble, with the added bonus of featuring a character named Dexter Jettster. And some great quotes: “The Empire has more prisons than Banthas have ticks.”

There’s a lot of action, a climactic fight scene, and the Jedi pulling out a win. A pretty good story.
Hagelstein | 1 other review | Aug 16, 2023 |



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