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Megan McDonald

Biography

Megan McDonald

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: A PAIR OF FRIENDS AT HALLOWEEN, and many other books for children. She lives in Sebastopol, California.

Megan McDonald

Books by Megan McDonald

written by Megan McDonald with illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 5-8, Children's, Family Life, Fiction, Holiday

The town’s annual Turkey Trot race and festival is coming up, and Judy and Stink are training to win. Judy has decided that she is going to take home the big prize: a fat, juicy turkey. They can taste it already: the moist turkey, the hot gravy, the savory stuffing, the cranberry sauce! Beep! Beep! Beep! That’s the sound of Stink’s Rapidfire Ultra XE611M25 stopwatch going off as Judy and Stink hop, crawl and climb toward race day.

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Erwin Madrid - Children's 4-6, Children's, Fiction, Pets

Dr. Judy knows a sick pet when she sees one, and Jaws the Venus flytrap is for-sure sick. Time for some urgent care and first aid! Judy Moody, pet vet, will never rest in her efforts to nurse Jaws back to health. In her quest for a medical miracle, Judy finds herself wrangling an unruly toad and seeking help from Mouse, the mind-reading cat.

by Megan McDonald - Children's

The town’s annual Turkey Trot race and festival is coming up, and Judy and Stink are training to win. Judy has decided that she is going to take home the big prize: a fat, juicy turkey. They can taste it already: the moist turkey, the hot gravy, the savory stuffing, the cranberry sauce! But what if they don’t win a mouthwatering bird? What then? Flying turkey gizzards! Will the Moody family end up starving on T-day, like ye pilgrims of olde, or will Grandma Lou cook up a tasty Franksgiving solution?

Written by Megan McDonald with illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 6 - 9, Children's, Fiction, Humor, Youth Fiction

Will the real Judy Moody please stand up? In honor of Backwards Day, Judy Moody double-dares herself to become a NOT moody, cool-as-a-cucumber Queen of the Good Mood for one whole week. But when her combed hair, matching outfits and good moods hang around for days after, her friends begin to worry. Could this smiley Judy be an imposter?

written by Megan McDonald with illustrations by Erwin Madrid - Children's 4-6, Children's, Family Life, Fiction

Look up! Look out! A comet is coming, a comet is coming! Stink is camped out in the backyard with his sister, Judy, and he can’t wait to lay eyes on P/2015 OZ4, also known as the Sherman-Holm Comet. But then news of an asteroid hitting Russia reaches Stink, and suddenly he’s feeling squeamish (and squash-ish) about close encounters of the outer-space kind.

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Erwin Madrid - Children's 4-6, Children's, Horror, Humor

Amy Namey, Ace Reporter, is on the hunt for a good news story. But not a lot happens in the town of Frog Neck Lake. So what’s a budding reporter to do? Team up with Judy Moody! With Judy along to sniff out a story, anything can happen.

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Erwin Madrid - Children's 4-6, Children's, Fiction, Friendship , Humor

Just once, Frank Pearl would like to win at something! He is going to win a prize if it’s the last thing he does. Could an amazing yo-yo trick or Cookie the parrot land him a prize? Could a blue ribbon be his at the Great Third-Grade Breakfast Bash?

by Megan McDonald and G. Brian Karas - Children's, Fiction, Friendship , Juvenile Fiction, Nature

It’s time for bugs to hunker down and hide out for the winter. But Ant isn’t ready to be without her best friend Honey Bee for months on end. Can Ant brave the cold for one last visit before the snow flies? The author of the Judy Moody series teams up again with award-winning illustrator G. Brian Karas to show that true friends can weather whatever comes their way.

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 5-8, Children's, Fiction

Judy and Stink and the whole Moody family hunker down with beans and batteries, ready to wait out the storm. But along with massive rain and strong winds, Hurricane Elmer throws down ghosts, squirrels, and aliens. Spooky! Just when things couldn’t possibly get any freakier — flicker, flicker, gulp! — the lights go O-U-T out. The Moodys are smack-dab in the middle of a big bad blackout! Grandma Lou proposes musical board games and some good old-fashioned storytelling. Will Hurricane Elmer go down in Moody family history as bad news, a happy memory, or simply an LBS (Long Boring Story)?

written by Megan McDonald with illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 5-8, Children's, Family Life, Fiction, Humor

When Stink and his friends get to sleep over at the aquarium, it’s a science freak’s dream come true. Stink loves the sea-creature scavenger hunt, the jellyfish light show and the sand tiger sharks with razor-sharp teeth.

by Megan McDonald and Erwin Madrid - Children's 4-6, Children's, Fiction, Friendship , Performing Arts

Rocky is perfecting the tricks for his magic show when Judy Moody offers to be his assistant. Rocky agrees, but it turns out that Judy — or Stella the Spectacular as she calls herself — is the most UN-spectacular assistant ever. When she gets ketchup all over the magic rabbit, the Amazing Mr. Magic has had enough! Is Rocky’s magic good enough to mend his and Judy’s friendship? From Megan McDonald comes a Judy Moody story just right for newly independent readers.

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Erwin Madrid - Children's 4-6, Children's, Friendship , Holiday, Pets

With her birthday coming up, Jessica hopes that, just maybe, her present will be a real-live potbellied pig. Jessica can hardly wait for her party with Judy Moody and all their friends. But Judy Moody is acting like a pig-head, and Jessica UN-invites her from the party. To make matters worse, Jessica has snooped around the house and has found zero sign of a pig present.

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 6 - 9, Children's, Fiction, Mystery

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! She's confident she'll be able to ride that wave of good fortune all the way to Washington, D.C. But that was before her lucky penny did a belly flop into a porcelain bowl of yucky, blucky UNluck. Has the coin's magic gone kerflooey?

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 5-8, Children's, Fiction, Humor

There's only one week before the new book in the Nightmare on Zombie Street series comes out, and of corpse Stink will be first in line to buy his copy and join the town's Midnight Zombie Walk! Until then, Stink and his friends keep busy making ketchup-stained zombie costumes, trying to raise money to buy the book and racking up points for Virginia Dare School's race to one million minutes of reading. 

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 5-8, Children's, Fiction, Humor

Stink Moody, family brain, brings home a report card that isn’t perfect? Yikes! Time for him to get into fighting shape and beat back that U for Unsatisfactory in gym! A scan of the sports channel leads to a knock-out find: world-class thumb wrestling, with tricky moves like Snake in the Grass and Santa’s Little Helper (no equipment needed, save for a tiny terrifying mask to sit on your thumb)

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 5-8, Children's, Family Life, Fiction

Every morning, Judy Moody measures Stink and it's always the same: three feet, eight inches tall. Stink feels like even the class newt is growing faster than he is. Then, one day, the ruler reads --- can it be? --- three feet, seven and three quarters inches! Is Stink shrinking? He tries everything to look like he’s growing, but wearing up-and-down stripes and spiking his hair aren't fooling anyone into thinking he's taller.

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 5-8, Children's, Fiction, Pets

When three guinea pigs from the local pet shop make a great escape, Stink Moody and his friends Webster and Sophie spring into action. Ta-da! The Fantastic Fur Friends round up the little hairballs and bring them safely back to Mrs. Birdwistle’s shop, where they discover --- oohla- la! --- guinea pig pandemonium! Time for the Great Guinea Pig Giveaway!

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 5-8, Children's, Family Life, Fiction, Humor

When Stink buys a mammoth jawbreaker that doesn't break his jaw, he writes a letter of complaint to the manufacturer --- and receives a ten-pound box of 21,280 jawbreakers for his trouble! This unexpected benefit of acing the art of letter-writing in school sure gets Stink thinking. Soon Stink is so preoccupied with getting free stuff sent to him that he overlooks a scribbly envelope in the mail pile --- until his best friend, Webster, starts acting standoffish and looks as mad as a hornet.

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 5-8, Children's, Family Life, Fiction, Humor

Stink Moody’s class is going on a field trip to the Gross-Me-Out exhibit at the science museum, and he can’t wait to see the Vomit Machine, the Burp-O-Meter and the Musical Farts. Best of all, when he gets to the Everybody Stinks exhibit, Stink discovers that his very own nose has amazing sniffing abilities --- and he learns that some people have real jobs sniffing stuff for NASA! Soon the junior olfactory wiz is engrossed in toilet water, corpse flowers and all things smelly, and he and Sophie of the Elves are set to go toe-to-toe in a stinky sneaker contest.

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 5-8, Children's, Fiction

When Stink learns that Pluto has flunked out of the Milky Way for being too shrimpy, he feels like he might just explode with a Big Bang. Stink has no choice but to take a stand for the sake of little planets (and little people) everywhere.

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 5-8, Children's, Fiction, Sports

Stink may be super smart, and Stink may be uber clever, but he’s been in the Polliwog swim class frog-ever and he still can’t bear to put his face in the water. Why would he want a geyser up his nose, on purpose? But then something weird happens: Stink starts to see frogs everywhere --- in the locker room, in his boot, in the bathtub. And when a freaky blue frog licks his arm, his froggy senses start tingling!

by Megan McDonald and Peter H. Reynolds

Chock-full of advice for the would-be sleuth and bursting with activities, here is an uber RARE diversion for fans of Judy and for anyone who loves a good mystery.

by Megan McDonald - Children's 6 - 9, Children's, Fiction

Roar! It’s not bad enough that Mom and Dad are heading to California, leaving Judy and Stink with Aunt Awful (er, Opal), but now two of Judy’s friends are going Splitsville, too. Just when it looks like her summer is going to be BOR-ing- eureka! --- Judy comes up with the most thrill-a-delic plan ever.

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 6 - 9, Children's, Fiction, Mystery

Judy Moody is in a mood. A sleuthing, Nancy Drew kind of mood. So what’s a WBMS (world’s best mystery solver) to do? Go find a mystery, that’s what! And she doesn’t have to snoop for long: when Mr. Chips, a beloved crime-dog-in-training, goes missing, Judy Drewdy and her chums, agents Dills Pickle (Frank), Spuds Houdini (Rocky) and James Madagascar (Stink) find themselves smack-dab in the middle of a reallife, scare-your-pants-off whodunit.

written by Megan McDonald with illustrations by G. Brian Karas - Holiday

With only a few hours left till Cricket's costume party, Ant and Honey Bee must race to make a perfect, two-things-that-go-together pair of costumes. But then it starts to rain, and by the time they arrive, the proud pair looks more like a matching set of soggy sad sacks. Maybe, though, if they put their heads together, the quick-thinking friends can turn their mushy mess into a smashing success. What a pair!

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 6 - 9, Careers, Children's, Fiction

It's no secret that Judy wants to be like Elizabeth Blackwell, first woman doctor, when she grows up. So when Class 3T starts to study the Amazing Human Body, Judy can hardly wait to begin her better-than-best-ever third-grade projects: show-and-tell with something way rarer than a scab, a real-live ooey-gooey operation, and a cloning experiment that may create double trouble for Judy and her friends.

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter Reynolds - Children's 6 - 9, Children's, Fiction

To start, Judy Moody doesn't have high hopes for third grade. Her new desk won't have an armadillo sticker with her name on it. Her new classroom will not have a porcupine named Roger. And with her luck, she'll get stuck sitting in the first row, where Mr. Todd will notice every time she tries to pass a note to her best friend, Rocky. An aspiring doctor, Judy does have a little brother who comes in handy for practicing medicine, a cool new pet and a huge Band-Aid collection.

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 6 - 9, Children's, Fiction, Humor

Judy Moody is in a mood. Not a good mood. And definitely NOT a math mood. The substitute teacher in Class 3T thinks Judy's math skills need improving. So Judy has to start meeting with a math tutor. Does this mean flash cards? Does this mean baby games? Does this mean school on weekends? But when Judy meets her tutor --- a sick-awesome college student with an uber-funky sense of style --- and gets a glimpse of college life, Judy's bad math-i-tude turns into a radical glad-i-tude.

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 6 - 9, Children's, Family Life, Fiction, Humor

Jealous of classmate Jessica Finch, that is, who gets her picture on the front page of the newspaper. When Judy sets off in pursuit of her own fame and happiness, watch out! She's so determined, she just might find it, or she might merely become more INFAMOUS than ever.

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 6 - 9, Children's, Fiction

The seventh installment in the popular and best-selling series starring independent-minded third-grader, Judy Moody. Learning about Nellie Bly in school has Judy dreaming about global travel.

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter Reynolds - Children's 6 - 9, Children's, Environment, Fiction

It all started with the Crazy-Strip contest --- and the dream that she, Judy Moody, might one day see her very own adhesive-bandage design covering the scraped knees of thousands. But when her "Heal the World" motif merits only an honorable mention, Judy Moody realizes it’s time to set her sights on something bigger.

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 6 - 9, Children's, Fiction, Humor

Judy definitely has a mood for every occasion. And now she has a mood ring to prove it! The mood ring’s Extra Special Powers have put Judy in a predicting mood, and her outrageous predictions have everyone wondering if Judy really is psychic.

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 6 - 9, Children's, Fiction, Humor

When Judy meets an English girl named Tori at the Tea Party ship, she is gobsmacked to learn how many liberties her British friend enjoys --- her very own phone, private loo and pounds of allowance. When a day of cheerfully doing her chores doesn't earn Judy Moody more rights, and staging a revolt in the form of a tea-throwing Boston Tub Party has her dad reading the riot act, Judy is forced into temporary retreat.

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 5-8, Adventure, Children's, Family Life, Fiction, Humor

As soon as the Moody family drops anchor on "Artichoke" Island, they are greeted by Cap’n Weevil, a one-eyed buccaneer with a scraggly beard and a secret treasure map. Before you can say "Davy Jones’s Locker," Stink and Judy are racing across the island in search of gold. But --- shiver me timbers! --- they’re not the only salty dogs lookin’ for loot.

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 5-8, Children's, Family, Family Life, Fiction

Judy Moody is making a list and checking it twice, but all her brother, Stink, wants this year is snow. It hasn’t snowed on Christmas in Virginia in more than a hundred years, however, so what are the chances that that will change? Enter the new mailman, Mr. Jack Frost, who not only looks like a jolly old elf but also seems to know a lot about weather patterns, has a fondness for the cold, and works looooooong hours during the holiday season.