Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer, p.1Megan McDonald
No More Snoresville
Gross Grub Club
Thrills and Spills
The Chase Is On
L.D.O.S.! Last Day of School!
The countdown: only 27 minutes, 17 seconds, and 9 milliseconds until . . . SUMMER!
No more S-for-Snoresville summers. She, Judy Moody, was going to have the best summer ever. RARE!
Judy passed a note to Rocky before Mr. Todd came back.
To: Rocky, Frank, and Amy Namey
What: T.P. Club meeting
When: After school!
Where: Moody backyard: T.P. Club tent
Be there or be a SquarePants
Rocky flicked the note to Frank. Mr. Todd came into the room carrying a stack of papers. He had his GOT MUSIC cap on — backwards! He blinked the lights to get everyone’s attention. Frank popped the note into his mouth.
“Pop quiz!” said Mr. Todd. Class 3T groaned.
“Just think: it’s your last test on the last day of school.”
“Aw! Nah-uh! Bad one!” everybody moaned.
“No way,” said Frank. The note shot out of his mouth and landed smack-dab in the middle of Rocky’s desk. Slobber City!
“Gross!” yelled Rocky.
Mr. Todd passed out the quizzes. Mr. Todd cleared his throat. “Question number one: How many times did I wear a purple tie to school this year?”
Everybody shouted answers.
“Never!” called Jessica Finch.
“Never is correct!” said Mr. Todd.
“Number two: How long did it take our class to go around the world?”
“Eight days!” said Frank.
“Eight and a half days,” said Judy.
“Too easy. Let’s skip ahead. Here’s one. This is big. Really big. We’re talking MUCHO GRANDE!”
“Tell us!” everybody shouted.
“Can anyone — that means YOU, Class 3T — guess what I, your teacher, Mr. Todd, will be doing THIS SUMMER?”
“Working at the Pickle Barrel Deli?” asked Hunter. “I saw you there.”
“That was last summer,” said Mr. Todd. “But this summer, if you find me, you win a prize.”
“We need a clue,” said Judy. “Give us a clue.”
“Clue! Clue! Clue! Clue! Clue!” yelled the class.
“Okay, okay. Let me think. The clue is . . . COLD.” Mr. Todd hugged himself, pretending to shiver. “Brrr.”
Jackson waved his hand. “Refrigerator salesperson!”
“Snow-remover guy!” said Jordan.
“Polar-bear tamer!” said Anya.
Judy thought and thought. Her eyes landed on the Antarctica poster tacked to the bulletin board.
“Ooh! Ooh! I got it! You’re going to Antarctica. The real one.”
“No, no, nope, and nope,” said Mr. Todd.
Brring! Just then the final bell rang. Class 3T went wild.
“See you next year,” said Mr. Todd.
“Unless we see you this summer!” some of the kids yelled.
“Bye, Mr. Todd,” Judy called, zooming out the door. “Stay warm.”
“Stay Judy!” Mr. Todd called after her.
“Last one in the tent is a rotten tomato!” Judy, Rocky, and Amy pushed past Frank into the T.P. Club tent in Judy’s backyard.
“Hey! No fair!” said Frank.
Judy pulled out a giant, rolled-up poster board. “Okay, T.P.-ers! We are going to have the most way-rare, double-cool, NOT bummer summer ever.”
“Time out,” said Amy, making a T with her hands. “What’s a T.P.-er?”
Judy, Frank, and Rocky stared at one another.
“We forgot!” said Rocky. “Amy’s not even a member of our club.”
“Yet,” said Judy. “Quick. Frank. Go catch a toad.”
“Me? You go catch a toad,” said Frank.
“Why do we need a toad?” asked Amy. Everybody cracked up.
“You’ll see,” said Frank.
“You’ll see,” said Rocky.
“What about Toady?” Frank asked.
Of course! Judy was back in a flash from Stink’s room, holding Toady, the club mascot, in her hand. She passed it lightning-fast to Amy.
Amy peered at the toad in her hand. “I don’t get it. What’s supposed to happen? If he jumps in my face, you guys are so dead.”
“Just wait,” said Judy.
“Just wait,” said Rocky.
“Do you feel anything?” asked Frank.
“Yeah. A big, fat, slimy —” All of a sudden, Amy made a face as something started to drip from her hands.
“EEUWW!” she said, peering at the teeny puddle of yellow. She gave Toady back to Judy.
“Toad pee!” yelled Rocky and Frank at the same time. Judy, Rocky, and Frank fell over laughing.
“No way. OOH! Sick!” said Amy, wiping her hand on Judy’s legs.
“Sick-awesome,” said Judy.
“Now you’re a member of our club,” said Frank. “The TOAD PEE club.”
“That makes you TOADally cool!” said Rocky.
Judy popped the rubber band off of her chart. “So, are you guys ready for my uber-awesome plan? Intro-DUCE-ing . . . the one and only . . . Judy Moody Mega-Rare NOT-Bummer-Summer Dare.” Judy unrolled her chart. “Ta-da!” Stickers and glitter went flying. “See? Thrill Points, Dare Points, Bonus Points, Loser points, and Big Fat Total.”
“Huh?” said Rocky. “I don’t get it.”
“You know how summer’s always Boring-with-a-capital-B? Thrill points are going to save summer. I spent two days and sixteen erasers figuring it out.”
“Ride the Scream Monster? Surf a wave? Are these the dares?” Amy asked.
“Yep. See, a dare is something way fun that we’ve never done before and that we’re kind of scared to do. Cool beans, huh?”
“Oh, boy,” Rocky said. “I think I forgot to tell you some —”
Judy stuck her hand over his mouth. “As I was saying . . . for each dare, we get ten thrill points. Plus bonus points if we do something crazy, like ride the Scream Monster with no hands. OR loser points if we chicken out.”
“Ooh! And at the end of summer, we add up all the points?” Frank asked.
“Yeah. If we reach one hundred, then, presto-whammo, we just had the best summer ever. Is that thrill-a-delic, or what?”
Rocky looked green around the edges. Amy looked like she had just swallowed a frog. “Rocky forgot to tell you . . . he’s going away this summer. To circus camp.”
“She’s going away, too,” said Rocky. “To Borneo!”
Judy cracked up. “You guys! You got me. I thought you were serious. Borneo. That’s a good one. What even IS Borneo?”
“It’s an island. In Indonesia. And I am going, for real, with my mom. We leave next Friday.”
“Same here,” said Rocky. “I’m going to learn to walk a tightrope and do magic tricks and stuff.”
“That is SO not fair! How am I gonna have the best summer EVER if you’re not even here?”
Frank looked up from the chart. “Hel-lo! I’m not going anywhere. We can still have fun.”
“Great. Just . . . great.”
After her friends went home, Judy sat in the tent staring at her blank chart. Suddenly, it did not look one bit thrill-a-delic. It looked funk-a-delic. F
Stink’s head popped into the tent. “Help! Toady’s gone. He escaped!”
“Chill out, Stinkerbell. He’s right here. We needed him so Amy could be in the Toad Pee Club.”
“Hey, no fair! You guys had a Toad Pee Club meeting without me?”
“Be glad you weren’t here. It was the worst Toad Pee Club of all time.”
“Somebody’s in a mood,” said Stink.
“You would be too if your best friends were going to circus camp and Borneo for the summer. Now I’m stuck here being Bored-e-o.”
“Not me! I have big plans for summer. Bigfoot plans. I’m going to catch Bigfoot!”
“Stink, the only big foot around here is your two big stinky feet!”
“Haven’t you heard? It’s all over the news. There are Bigfoot sightings everywhere. He’s way close. Yesterday, Riley Rottenberger told Webster and Webster told Sophie and Sophie told me that Riley saw Bigfoot at the mall!”
“Yeah, right. And you, Stink Moody, are going to catch him.”
“Yep! You can help if you want.”
Judy rolled her eyes. “I’d rather catch poison ivy.”
This was going to be the boringest, snoringest summer ever. For sure and absolute positive.
A week later, even though Judy had promised herself she was never ever going to talk to Rocky again, she walked across the street with her bike to say good-bye. Rocky’s mom and dad, aunts, uncles, and tons of cousins were giving him a send-off party with a big good-bye cake and lots of singing “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.”
Judy helped Rocky lug a big suitcase to the backseat of the car. Rocky gave it one final push with his butt.
“So you’re not NOT gonna go to circus camp, huh? Sure you don’t want to change your mind?”
“Are you nuts?”
“But what if you hate circus camp?” Judy asked.
“What’s to hate? Tightrope walking, juggling, sword swallowing, lion taming —”
“Elephant-poop scooping all day? Elephant poop weighs like two hundred tons. Plus, it smells worse than a corpse flower.”
Rocky’s mom tooted the horn. “Time to go, Rock.”
“Bye! Don’t forget to write! We’ll miss you! Break a leg! Buon viaggio!” called his family.
Judy stepped back. Her smile started to quiver. “Bye.”
“Bye,” said Rocky.
She trotted alongside the car. “Remember, if camp is super-boring, you can always come home!”
Judy hopped on her bike and raced after the car. “Don’t say I didn’t warn you about the poooooop!”
Rocky waved from the backseat until the car disappeared.
Judy biked straight to Amy Namey’s house. When she got upstairs, Amy was jamming the last Nancy Drew book into her zebra-striped backpack. Judy flopped on Amy’s bed, blowing a huge bubblegum bubble.
“So tell me again why you’re going to Bored-e-o?”
“Born-e-o. My mom’s going to write an article on this lost tribe called the Penan. They’ve lived in the rain forest since forever, but all their land is getting wrecked because loggers are cutting down all the trees.”
“That sounds so way un-boring. I wish I could help save a lost tribe.”
“Go ask your mom. Maybe she’ll let you come, too!”
“I will! See ya,” Judy called, zooming out the door. Two seconds later, she popped back into Amy’s room. “But in case she says no, here’s something to remember me by.” Judy dug around in her pocket and came up with a red rubber band, a lucky stone, and half a Grouchy pencil.
“Here,” she said, handing over the pencil. “Write me.”
“Sweet,” said Amy. “Write me back.”
Judy pedaled home as fast as she could, singing, “Oh, Borneo, I long-e-o to visit you-e-o . . .” She jumped off her bike, letting it crash to the ground.
“Mom!” she called, bursting through the door. “I have a great idea! Mommmmm! Guess what? I figured out how to save summer.”
“Save summer?” Mom said, distracted. “I didn’t know it was in trouble.”
“Listen to this. Instead of going to Grandma Lou’s — bor-ing! — let’s go to UN-boring . . . Borneo!”
“Borneo? Judy, that’s halfway around the world.”
“So? It’s got a rain forest. And lost tribes that need to get found!”
Stink came into the kitchen and headed for the fridge.
“Stink! Guess what-e-o! We’re going to Borneo! But we need money-o. Let’s have a yard sale! I’ll sell my pizza-table collection. You can sell your World’s Biggest Jawbreaker!”
Standing on his tiptoes, Stink pulled a bag of red berries from the freezer.
“No way. I’m busy. Are these cranberries?” Mom nodded. Stink zoomed out of the room with the bag of cranberries.
Judy looked down at her mood ring. Wait! It was N-O-T NOT on her finger. Great. Now she’d lost her mood ring, too.
She, Judy Moody, was in a mood. And she did not need a ring to prove it was a bad mood. The baddest.
The next week was bor-ing without her friends. And the week after that. Even Frank got to go to Ultimate Adventures Day Camp. All Judy got to do was camp out on her bottom bunk and read the ultimate adventures of Nancy Drew.
Then one day, on the Fourth of July to be exact, Mom had some news. Maybe it was super-duper GOOD news. Maybe she, Judy Moody, could declare independence from a BOR-ing summer! Judy ran down the steps.
Mom put a hand on Judy’s shoulder. “Honey? I have something to tell you.” Judy plopped down at the kitchen table. “That was Nana on the phone. She and Gramps are moving to a retirement community, remember? But Gramps hurt his back, and they need some help. So we won’t be going to visit Grandma Lou.”
Judy bounced up in her seat. “You mean . . . we’re going to visit Nana and Gramps in California instead? Woo-hoo! That’s almost as good as Borneo!”
Dad stood in the doorway, holding a roller brush in one hand. He had a smudge of green paint on his face. “Did you tell her?”
“Not quite,” Mom said, glancing at Judy.
Judy looked from one to the other, confused.
“Listen, Jelly Bean,” said Dad, sliding in next to Judy. “Your Mom and I have to fly out to California to help your grandparents. You and Stink —”
Judy stared at him, her heart in her throat.
“— are staying here.”
“What?” Judy gasped. “You’re going to leave me? To die of starvation and boredom and Stink-dom?”
“But the good news is . . . Aunt Opal’s coming!” Mom said cheerily.
“My sister,” said Dad. “You know your aunt Opal.”
“I met her when I was, like, a baby. She could be a zombie, for all I know!”
Just then, Stink clomped into the room wearing an old green blanket stuck all over with leaves, twigs, and cranberries. “Do I look like a berry bush?”
“Ummm . . .” said Dad.
“You look like a beaver dam,” said moody Judy.
“I’m trying to fake out Bigfoot.”
“Oh, in that case, then definitely,” said Dad. “Absolutely.”
“Great!” Stink skipped out of the kitchen.
“So,” Judy said, ticking off on her fingers. “I’m not going to Borneo. I’m not going to California. And I’m not even going to Grandma Lou’s?”
Mom and Dad nodded.
“This is the way-worst, double-drat, down-in-the-dumps summer EVER!”
Judy ran up the stairs and into her room, slamming the door. She flung herself onto her lower bunk.
Tingalinga, ding! Ding! Ding! Outside, the happy tune of the ice-cream truck drifted through the window.
Stink called up the stairs. “Ju-dy! It’s the ice-cream truck!
Judy yelled back. “I am so NOT in the mood!” She rolled over and landed on something.
The window cleared: WITHOUT A DOUBT.
A couple days later, Judy was on her top bunk reading Nancy Drew mystery #44 when she heard a Honk! Honk! from outside in the driveway.
Dad called up the stairs. “Stink! Judy! Aunt Opal’s here!”
Judy scrambled down from her top bunk and ran to the window. Just like Nancy Drew, she cracked the curtain to spy on this Aunt Opal person.
All she could see was a pair of short blue boots sticking out from under a giant suitcase. She dropped the curtain and ran to her computer.
Summer just got WAY worse. Aunt Awful has landed! Please come home ASAP. Or else send me a ticket to Borneo!
Judy paced around her room, talking to Mouse. “I bet she has warts, Mouse. And evil oogley eyes. And makes us eat fish guts for breakfast!” Mouse licked his lips.
Bam! Bam! Bam! Stink stuck his head in Judy’s room. “Mom wants us downstairs. Now. To meet Aunt Opal.”
Judy pointed to the sign on the door. “Can’t anybody read around here?”
Stink read aloud: “‘Do not disturb. Judy Moody is spending the summer in her room.’ Really? The whole summer? What about food?”
Judy pointed to her window. “I have a basket. And a long rope. You can put food inside and I’ll pull it up.”
“What about TV?”
Judy held up a contraption made out of tin cans, toilet-paper rolls, duct tape, and mirrors. “What do you think this periscope is for?”
“Cool! What about going to the bathroom?”
Just then, a plume of black smoke wafted up the stairs. Judy heard a shriek, then a loud clatter and Mom’s voice. “Oh, no! Dinner’s on . . . FIRE!”
BEEEEEEP! The smoke alarm blared through the house. Stink raced out of the room. Judy grabbed her dolphin water pistol and ran for the stairs.
“Fire! Where’s the fire? Help is on the way! Let me!”
Judy clattered down the stairs, her water pistol in one hand and a squirt toy in the other. Blazing into the smoky kitchen, she blasted water right, left, and center, hitting chairs, tables, Stink, Mouse, Jaws, and the smoky casserole that Mom was putting on the counter.
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