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Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm (Judy Moody #11)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  787 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
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 ...more
Published August 1st 2012 by Candlewick Press (MA)
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Katie Fitzgerald
The idea of a good luck charm is a nice choice of topic for a chapter book, because I think a lot of kids wish for magical objects, or at least pretend everyday things like pennies and rocks can grant them wishes. I also like the fact that Judy ultimately learns that her good fortune comes from her own actions and not from magical outside sources. Finally, I think this book fills the need for more pig-related chapter books for Mercy Watson fans looking for what to read next.

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Steven R. McEvoy
Just when you think Judy Moody cannot get any better, it does. Including this book, there are 11 Judy Moody story books, 3 Judy Moody Activity books, 2 Judy Moody and Stink cross-over books and 9 Stink Moody books. For a series about one family to have 25 books and the authors to come up with more great ideas is amazing and wonderful all rolled up together. My children are just discovering these books and they love them. They love Judy and Stink, they love the illustrations and they find the sto ...more
Of all the Judy Moody books this one was my least favorite. Toward the end of the book I just got sick of reading the rudeness between Judy and Jessica Finch. The fact that the parents were present and said nothing about their negative nastiness made it that much worse. Other than that section of the book it was a normal fun book about the quirky yet flawed Judy Moody and her family. However if this was the first Judy Moody book I picked up it would have been the last.
Jasmine Marie {#thebookishmama}
Sometimes I get a little embarrassed by my love for middle grade fiction because it often leads me to wander through the kids section. Most of the time, I spend most of my time in the kids section of a bookstore because I love middle grade books. People have asked me why I like reading "kid books" and usually my response is because I love being able to share them with my students. I used to think that there was no restriction on how far down the grades I could go and still enjoy the books. God k ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt more sympathy for Judy and the spelling bee trip to Washington, D.C. (1 1/2 hr car drive from home) than previous title. The book is more action/dialogue directed than reflective, which might be more appealing to 2nd and 3rd grade readers than me.
Lisa Ard
Oct 30, 2012 Lisa Ard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Judy Moody is up to her old tricks, this time with the help of a very lucky penny. She’s winning at everything she tries – bowling, spelling, and even the never-to-beat claw machine, until she drops the penny in an unfortunate spot and it becomes the unlucky penny. When Judy discovers that she gave up on luck too soon, she recovers the penny to ride her luck all the way to Washington D.C. Oh lucky day! This is book eleven in the series, with a reading level of grade 3.

review for the Portland Boo
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 th
Apr 24, 2014 Sophie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Judy Moody series is a timeless classic that teaches our children confidence, loyalty, adventure, passion, and more necessary characteristics.

I do recommend you to read this book no matter your age, its never too late to learn new things.
Oct 06, 2013 Sorraya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like how the author said the good luck and bad I like the start and to the surprising ending!!!
John Yingling
Jun 06, 2013 John Yingling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Judy is such a fun, appealing character. I like her eagerness to do things, and her interactions with her friends and her family. These books are so enjoyable to read, and always leave me with a good feeling.
Rachel S
Oct 20, 2013 Rachel S marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
i thought this book was okay, I never was into judy moody when i was younger, but it was nice to read a book that i didnt enjoy as a kid and read it again now that i am older to see how much my reading intrest has changed.
Brittany Newton
Nov 29, 2013 Brittany Newton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Category: Fiction (Realistic Fiction/Humor)
Source: 2013 Children’s Choice Awards

I can see why this book was put on the 2013 Children's Choice Awards list. It is a great read that kids will thoroughly enjoy. This book is the 11th book of the Judy Moody series, so there are many more books that children can read to keep them interested if they love Judy Moody. Judy Moody is in third grade herself, so this is a great book for grades 3-5. This book is based on Judy's lucky penny that her grandmother
Crystal Lockhart
Dec 04, 2013 Crystal Lockhart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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For one of my fiction choice books I choose a realistic fiction book called Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm by Megan McDonald. This was the 11th book in the Judy Moody series and it was a Children’s Choice Award winner in 2013. Judy’s grandmother gives her a lucky penny and from that moment Judy is on top of the world. She seems to be the luckiest kid, finds $10, keeps beating the unbeatable claw machine, and even bowls a turkey. She is so excited about her good luck and hopes it can carry wi ...more
Brittany Davis
Dec 06, 2013 Brittany Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Junior Book Log
Title: Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm
Author: Megan McDonald
Category: Fiction Choice #5
Source: Children’s Choice Award 2013

The Judy Moody series has interested students since 2000 and this is still the case with Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm. The great thing about this series as that it is a continuation from the next so the characters are extremely well developed. This book does go back and give background information so it is not necessary to have read the previous ones pr
May 10, 2014 Shaghayegh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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جودی خیلی دوس داشتنی ه! حتی هنوز! :دی
Jul 01, 2014 Zoey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Judy Moody is so funny. she looses her lucky penny and has nothing but bad luck after she drops it in the toilet. ewwwew.
S Collins
McDonald, M., & Reynolds, P. (2012). Judy Moody and the bad luck charm. Somerville, Mass: Candlewick.

Starred review School Library December 2012

Fiction Choice: Realistic Fiction/Humor

Judy Moody is on a winning streak thanks to a penny. This is no ordinary penny this is a lucky penny she made on a penny machine. Judy is sure that her penny is lucky until an unexpected event cast a shadow of doubt. Maybe everything is a series of coincidences. Judy Moody and the bad luck charm tells the story
Christine Mccurley
Dec 04, 2014 Christine Mccurley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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McDonald, M. (2012). Judy moody and the bad luck charm. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.
Recommending Source: Textbook
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
We all have that one friend that has all of the good luck, it could even be you! Judy Moody is back and has a lucky penny she made with a four leaf clover on it. Stink doesn’t think this penny is lucky at all, but when his sister wins 3 toys from the claw machine, he begins to think otherwise. Does Judy always have her luck? When Judy’s lucky penny f
Ahmad Sharabiani
Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm (Judy Moody, #11), Megan McDonald
عنوان: جودی و دمدمی و طلسم بدشانسی؛ نویسنده: مگان مک دونالد؛ تصویرگر: پیتر اچ. رینولدز؛ مترجم: محبوبه نجفخانی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، افق، چاپ نخست 1392، در 120 ص، مصور، از سری: جودی دمدمی جلد ده فارسی و 11 اصلی، گروه سنی: ج، شابک: 9789643699864؛ موضوع: کتابهای کودکان، داستانهای تخیلی، ماجرایی، داستان خواهران و برادران
Apr 09, 2015 MaKayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
judy moody is about a person who thinks she has good luck four leaf clover on a penny and she thinks she is the luckiest person in the whole wide world and two days later she runs out of luck and she gets very mad...
May 29, 2015 LauraR rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the perfect chapter book for any second or third grade girl. Recommended by the International Literary Association Children's Choice 2012 winner, Judy Moody is filled with a mix of humor and life lessons that are easy to understand. In this particular book, Judy encounters a lucky penny and she is convinced that it will bring her luck. Judy's positive attitude, yet selfish personality begin to shine through as her life gets "easier". One day, her luck runs out and Judy feels as though he ...more
Dalia Gomez
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Jul 09, 2015 A'nesa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Read

I found this book really interesting because Judy Moody is a wacky character and stink is hilarious and crazy. Overall a really good read I would totally recommend this book to anyone who love Judy Moody.
Jonas S
Jul 16, 2015 Jonas S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Judy moody got a lucky penny and starts having great luck. But then it slips out of her pocket and loses all it's luck. she realizes she is lucky with out th penny. she has to pig-sit Jessica's pig.
Hudson Murrell
Sep 05, 2015 Hudson Murrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Helen really likes these Judy Moody books. She references them in daily life. Today, we didn't win with the claw-catcher game. She said "we needed Judy Moody's lucky penny." Nice.
Joelle Karlitz
Title: Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm
Author: Megan McDonlad
Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Comedy
Theme (s): Comedy and Humor, Determination, Friendship
Opening Line/Sentence: She, Judy Mood, had a penny. Not just any penny. Not a regular old Abe Lincoln Penny. A lucky penny. No lie!
Brief Book Summary: The lucky penny in Judy Moody's pocket does seem to be working. At first, she can't stop winning even at a bowling, spelling, and the indomitable Prize Claw. Therefo
4.5 stars. A new fun, laughing aloud story with Judy Moody in the lead.

I really loved the topic of the book, good luck charms, good luck, bad luck, Spelling Bees (those really sound so much fun, I would have loved to have those back when I was a kid), pigs and oh so much more.

However, like I said in previous book reviews for Judy, she is so easily impressionable and at times seems like she has no brains in that head of hers. OMG my good luck charm works, lets not study or do anything. Sure, it s
Courtney Umlauf
See my review of the Judy Moody series as a whole here.

**For basic reading comprehension questions for this book, check out my Teachers Pay Teachers store.**
McKenna Primm
Jun 27, 2016 McKenna Primm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Emma Hakaj
Oct 11, 2016 Emma Hakaj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm" by Megan McDonald is such an AMAZING book! The book Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm is about a girl named Judy and her grandmother gave her a penny that has been in her pocket since the 1970's. Then, Judy took it of course and in minutes she started getting good luck. And not just any "good luck" by good luck I mean like winning prizes, winning spelling, and even winning at bowling, she is really lucky! Luckiest, that is, until her lucky penny has gone to an ...more
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"Sometimes I think I am Judy Moody," says Megan McDonald, author of the Judy Moody series, the Stink series, and THE SISTERS CLUB. "I'm certainly moody, like she is. Judy has a strong voice and always speaks up for herself. I like that."

For Megan McDonald, being able to speak up for herself wasn't always easy. She grew up as the youngest of five sisters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her father, an
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