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Judy Moody Declares Independence (Book #6) Hardcover – May 10, 2005

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Series: Judy Moody
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (May 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076362361X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763623616
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,773,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4–Judy Moody knows a lot about the American Revolution and is excited when her family takes a trip to Boston to visit the main sites along the Freedom Trail. The third-grader makes friends with a girl from England and gets a bit of the British perspective as well as a pen-pal relationship. The girls read some of Ben Franklin's sayings and make up their own, such as Fish and little brothers stink after three days. Upon returning home, Judy declares freedom from hair brushing and the right to her own bathroom. Her final defiance, a Boston Tub Party, is amusingly depicted in a cartoon illustration across a spread. Black-and-white full-page and spot art done in watercolor, tea, and ink is scattered throughout the book. The jacket looks as if it were made from a brown paper bag and has red, white, and blue cutouts of stars. Independence is good for curricular ties to social studies units, and McDonald does a great job of transforming the concepts into familiar concerns. Read aloud or alone, this delightful book will inspire children to write their own declarations of independence complete with alien rights and the purse of happiness.–Sharon R. Pearce, Chippewa Elementary School, Bensenville, IL
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From Booklist

Gr. 2-4. Judy Moody's family vacation to historical Boston prompts an epiphany: If the founding fathers didn't want "some grumpy old king to be the boss of [them]," why should Judy put up with dictatorial parents? Back at home she campaigns for her "alien rights," among them a higher allowance and freedom from brushing her hair. Staging a bathtub Boston Tea Party backfires, but shortly after Judy learns about Revolutionary War hero Sybil Ludington--Paul Revere's female counterpart--she finds herself instinctively performing a gutsy act that earns her parents' trust. A subplot involving a British acquaintance seems mostly a vehicle for humorous misinterpretations of slang (Judy assumes "two pounds of allowance" means a very heavy load of money), and not all the factual references are fully explained. But Judy's petitioning for parental concessions will spark recognition in many readers, and in both McDonald's charismatic narrative and Reynolds' line drawings the characterization of a dauntless, endearingly notional third-grader is as spot-on as ever. Jennifer Mattson
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More About the Author


10. The first book I ever wrote was about a hermit crab, inspired by a pet I once owned.

9. My favorite color is purple.

8. I love to read mysteries. When I was Judy's age, I read all 56 classic Nancy Drew books . . . in order! Jeepers!

7. I used to collect scabs so I could examine them under the microscope that I got for my 8th birthday.

6. My four sisters and I often made up our own language, which included the words "Hoidi Boidi", "oogey", "retzel crummypuss" and "poony-poony".

5. My favorite TV show is JEOPARDY!

4. To research my Sisters Club book, THE RULE OF THREE, I toured San Francisco in search of the ultimate cupcake. The winner: Sleepless in San Francisco. Think chocolate + coffee.

3. When I was a kid, I fell down a hill from chasing the ice-cream truck and had to get stitches.

2. When I was a librarian, I used to tell stories in sign language. That's how I got the expression "same-same" for Judy.

1. I share a birthday (February 28) with a famous princess, race car driver and gangster, a Rolling Stone, a French tightrope walker, and a winning racehorse named Smarty Jones.

Customer Reviews

My kids have all Judy Moody and Stink books.
Neat Mom
The students enjoy the humor as well as the story line.
Donald A. King
Well meaning topics and fun reading for kids.
S.E. Mayden

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neat Mom on April 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My kids have all Judy Moody and Stink books. They love them, and I know for the fact that they help kids who struggle with reading in 3rd grade. They are easy to read and have a good story, are funny and appealing to that age group. A must have!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As legions of young readers have happily learned there's nobody, absolutely nobody like Judy Moody. She's fun, feisty and, yes, at times incorrigible. She doesn't much care for school or spending too much time with her pesky kid brother, Stink (her aversions are not necessarily stated by order of importance to her).

What she does like at the moment is being in the Cradle of Liberty, Boston Massachusetts. She likes the bean city for several reasons - she's missing two days of school, she's no longer riding in the car next to Stink, and she doesn't have to brush her hair every day. The more Judy thinks about it the more this whole independence idea appeals to her.

With Mom and Dad leading the way, readers are treated to a tour of historic sites in Boston as well as concise explanations of what each one means. Of course, in Stink's opinion what they're seeing is about "a bunch of dead guys and some old stuff that isn't even there anymore."

However, Judy sees their trip quite differently. She sees it as an opportunity to declare her independence from Stink by always running ahead of him. She meets a new friend from England, Tori, and the two promise to be penpals.

Now, the one thing Judy may be missing is that along with her beloved independence comes responsibility - that's with a capital R. Wonder if that's something our favorite girl can learn.

Lighthearted illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds lend merriment to Judy's pursuit of freedom.

- Gail Cooke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is about how Judy wants independence and her mom and dad keep on saying "we'll think about it." Judy thinks that means no. This book includes learning abut Paul Revere and Sybil Ludington and a lot more about British Stuff. To find out if Judy gets her independence read this book now! If you like Franny K. Stein, Captain Underpants or other learning books you'll like this book a lot. These books mix because they all have a little bit of danger, learning, and a bunch of humor. I liked this book because in one part Judy makes her own freedom trail in her own house. Find out more details in Judy Moody Declares Independence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy on May 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
It was with great sadness that I read this book for it was the 10th and final current Judy Moody book for me to read. The good news is that I can read them again and this time I will likely do so in chronological order. The first time through, I read them randomly and each book is strong enough to stand alone. Judy Moody and her brother Stink are among my all-time favorite characters in children's books. I rank them up there with the Pevensie children in the Narnia books and with The Austin and Murry children in Madeleine L'Engle's books. These are characters I know I will visit again and again and will share with my children and if lucky, eventually my grandchildren. The Moodys are an amazing family as are their groups of close friends.

The chapters in this story are:

Bean Town, MOO-sa-chu-setts
Freedom (from Stink) Trail
Sugar and Spies
In a Nark
The Purse of Happiness
The UN-Freedom Trail
The Boston Tub Party
Sybil La-Dee-Da
The Declaration of UN-Independence
Yankee Doodle Dandy

This book begins with Judy Moody and her family on a trip to Boston to visit some historical sites. Judy meets a girl from England and they become friends and commit to being pen pals. But Judy as usual ends up in a mood, and with all her historical perspective she decides to declare independence herself. With a trip to historic sites, a graveyard, a sailing ship, a bath tub tea party and water fight, this story is full of adventure and fun for the whole family. It is a great book and I can only hope that we get many more books by McDonald and Reynolds in the Moody series.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Little Willow on May 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Judy Moody Declares Independence by Megan McDonald is the newest addition to the delightful Judy Moody series. After taking a family trip to Boston and seeing the Declaration of Independence, Judy decides to write her own Declaration. She also makes a new friend in Tori, a bunny-loving British girl who collects sugar packets and becomes her pen pal. With a little help from her friends and her brother, Judy even stages her own Boston Tea Party! Along the way, Judy learns about history as well as responsibility.

Judy continues to say "Rare!" when things are swell and "Roar!" when things are not-so-good. She also starts to use the happy exclamation, "Star-spangled bananas!"

Megan McDonald has written another funny story for kids and adults to enjoy. As with the other Judy books, McDonald accurately captures the emotions and imagination of a grammar school girl. The reading level of Independence is right along the same lines as the previous Judy Moody tales: perfect for elementary school kids reading on their own, or for families to read aloud and share. The book also offers unique and cute illustrations by the talented Peter Reynolds.

If you like the silliness of Ramona Quimby or the adventures of Katie Kazoo, you'll definitely like the antics of Judy Moody.
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