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What made you want to write?
I come from a family of storytellers. My parents are both writers. Our dinner table has always been where the events of the day are reported with great hilarity or drama, sometimes both at once. That taught us about pacing, delivery, what works and what doesn't. We read a lot. Possibly because we had no TV.

So dinner was a long series of teachable moments?
We didn't know we were learning and my parents didn't know they were teaching. It was just dinner. My siblings and I were brought up to value original thinking, honorable behavior, laughter... Read More


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Lucy Rose: Big on Plans
Written by Katy Kelly
Illustrated by Adam Rex
Trade Paperback

Lucy Rose is back! And she's got a summer filled with some very important plans! Read More
 





Lucy Rose: Big on Plans
Written by Katy Kelly
Illustrated by Adam Rex
eBook

I’m Lucy Rose, and here’s the thing about this summer: I am big on fun and big on plans. I am desperate to make a lanyard keychain, and Jonique is feeling the same about potholders. Plus I have to get rid of 78 or more squirrels that are climbing all over... Read More
 





Lucy Rose: Busy Like You Can't Believe
Written by Katy Kelly
Illustrated by Adam Rex
eBook

I'm Lucy Rose, and here's the thing about 4th: that grade is busy like you can't believe! Especially if you are a person who is already PLENTY busy on account of having RESPONSIBILITIES and I am that kind exactly. I am already collecting a vocabulary, plus I have to think up... Read More
 





Lucy Rose: Busy Like You Can't Believe
Written by Katy Kelly
Illustrated by Adam Rex
Trade Paperback

I'm Lucy Rose, and here's the thing about 4th: that grade is busy like you can't believe! Especially if you are a person who is already PLENTY busy on account of having RESPONSIBILITIES and I am that kind exactly. I am already collecting a vocabulary, plus I have to think up... Read More
 





Lucy Rose: Here's the Thing About Me
Written by Katy Kelly
Illustrated by Adam Rex
Trade Paperback

I’m Lucy Rose and here’s the thing about me: I am eight and according to my grandfather I have the kind of life that is called eventful, which means NOT boring. According to my mom and my grandmother, I’m what they call a handful. And according to my dad, I am... Read More
 





Lucy Rose: Here's the Thing About Me
Written by Katy Kelly
Illustrated by Adam Rex
eBook

I’m Lucy Rose and here’s the thing about me: I am eight and according to my grandfather I have the kind of life that is called eventful, which means NOT boring. According to my mom and my grandmother I’m what they call a handful. And according to my dad I am... Read More
 





Lucy Rose: Working Myself to Pieces and Bits
Written by Katy Kelly
Illustrated by Peter Ferguson
eBook

I'M LUCY ROSE and here's the thing about friends: I am lucky in them. And here's the thing about that: sometimes they are in need, indeed, especially when one of them buys a plumbing store and needs to diva it up so it can turn into a bakery. That is one... Read More
 





Lucy Rose: Working Myself to Pieces and Bits
Written by Katy Kelly
Illustrated by Peter Ferguson
Trade Paperback

I’M LUCY ROSE and here’s the thing about friends: I am lucky in them. And here’s the thing about that: sometimes they are in need indeed, especially when one of them buys a plumbing store and needs to diva it up so it can turn into a bakery. That is one... Read More
 





Melonhead
Written by Katy Kelly
Illustrated by Gillian Johnson
Trade Paperback

Melonhead, the first book in author Katy Kelly's laugh-out-loud chapter book series, is now in paperback!
 
Adam Melon's friend Lucy Rose gave him a nickname—Melonhead—and it caught on fast. Melonhead is a self-proclaimed inventor. All his life, which is ten years and counting, great ideas have been popping in and out of... Read More
 





Melonhead
Written by Katy Kelly
Illustrated by Gillian Johnson
Hardcover

Melonhead is my preferred name. Preferred by me, not my mom. She likes people to call me by my real name, Adam Melon. Luckily, it’s too late for that because when my friend, Lucy Rose, invented Melonhead, it caught
on fast.

Usually I am the one doing the inventing. All my life, which... Read More
 





Melonhead
Written by Katy Kelly
Illustrated by Gillian Johnson
eBook

Melonhead is my preferred name. Preferred by me, not my mom. She likes people to call me by my real name, Adam Melon. Luckily, it’s too late for that because when my friend, Lucy Rose, invented Melonhead, it caught
on fast.

Usually I am the one doing the inventing. All my life, which... Read More
 





Melonhead and the Big Stink
Written by Katy Kelly
Trade Paperback

Melonhead is back in action, filled with curiosity, stirring up a little trouble (even though he doesn't mean to), and determined to have a summer of fun! In this second book in the Melonhead chapter book series, Melonhead is still pals with Lucy Rose, but he's not going to Parks &... Read More
 





Melonhead and the Big Stink
Written by Katy Kelly
Hardcover

Melonhead is back in action, filled with curiosity, stirring up a little trouble (even though he doesn't mean to), and determined to have a summer of fun! In this second book in the Melonhead chapter book series, Melonhead is still pals with Lucy Rose, but he's not going to Parks &... Read More
 





Melonhead and the Big Stink
Written by Katy Kelly
eBook

Melonhead is back in action, filled with curiosity, stirring up a little trouble (even though he doesn't mean to), and determined to have a summer of fun! In this second book in the Melonhead chapter book series, Melonhead is still pals with Lucy Rose, but he's not going to Parks &... Read More
 





Melonhead and the Later Gator Plan
Written by Katy Kelly
eBook

The sunshine state seems the perfect place for a short vacation for best friends, Melonhead and Sam. Fun in the sun is the order of the day in this funny and heartwarming story about friendship, community, and the special connection between kids and those young at heart.
 
Melonhead and his best friend, Sam...

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Melonhead and the Later Gator Plan
Written by Katy Kelly
Hardcover Library Binding

The sunshine state seems the perfect place for a short vacation for best friends, Melonhead and Sam. Fun in the sun is the order of the day in this funny and heartwarming story about friendship, community, and the special connection between kids and those young at heart.
 
Melonhead and his best friend, Sam...

Read More
 





Melonhead and the Later Gator Plan
Written by Katy Kelly
Hardcover

The sunshine state seems the perfect place for a short vacation for best friends, Melonhead and Sam. Fun in the sun is the order of the day in this funny and heartwarming story about friendship, community, and the special connection between kids and those young at heart.
 
Melonhead and his best friend, Sam...

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Melonhead and the Undercover Operation
Written by Katy Kelly
Illustrated by Gillian Johnson
eBook

Melonhead here—with more rules?! I already have the Remind-O-Rama list from my mom, which reminds me what I shouldn't do. Now my dad has created the Melon Family Guidelines for Life to remind me what I should do. And even though all these rules are so simple even a worm could... Read More
 





Melonhead and the Undercover Operation
Written by Katy Kelly
Illustrated by Gillian Johnson
Trade Paperback

Melonhead here—with more rules?! I already have the Remind-O-Rama list from my mom, which reminds me what I shouldn't do. Now my dad has created the Melon Family Guidelines for Life to remind me what I should do. And even though all these rules are so simple even a worm could... Read More
 





Melonhead and the Undercover Operation
Written by Katy Kelly
Illustrated by Gillian Johnson
Hardcover

Melonhead here—with more rules?! I already have the Remind-O-Rama list from my mom, which reminds me what I shouldn't do. Now my dad has created the Melon Family Guidelines for Life to remind me what I should do. And even though all these rules are so simple even a worm could... Read More
 





Melonhead and the Vegalicious Disaster
Written by Katy Kelly
Illustrated by Gillian Johnson
eBook

It's not fair! Not only is Melonhead's new fifth-grade teacher notoriously strict and mean, his mother is making him eat more and more vegetables. So Melonhead and his pals come up with a genius idea to get out of eating his mom's vegalicious meals, all the while convincing her that they... Read More
 





Melonhead and the Vegalicious Disaster
Written by Katy Kelly
Illustrated by Gillian Johnson
Trade Paperback

It's not fair! Not only is Melonhead's new fifth-grade teacher notoriously strict and mean, his mother is making him eat more and more vegetables. So Melonhead and his pals come up with a genius idea to get out of eating his mom's vegalicious meals, all the while convincing her that they... Read More
 





Melonhead and the Vegalicious Disaster
Written by Katy Kelly
Illustrated by Gillian Johnson
Hardcover

It's not fair! Not only is Melonhead's new fifth-grade teacher notoriously strict and mean, his mother is making him eat more and more vegetables. So Melonhead and his pals come up with a genius idea to get out of eating his mom's vegalicious meals, all the while convincing her that they... Read More
 





Melonhead and the We-Fix-It Company
Written by Katy Kelly
Illustrated by Gillian Johnson
eBook

“Melonhead and his friends inhabit a world . . . where inventiveness and camaraderie reign supreme.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
For fans of Judy Blume's Fudge titles as well as Carl Hiaasen's Hoot.
Money. That’s what Melonhead and his best friend, Sam, need. Due to a “situation,” the boys have to pay for something they...

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Melonhead and the We-Fix-It Company
Written by Katy Kelly
Illustrated by Gillian Johnson
Hardcover Library Binding

“Melonhead and his friends inhabit a world . . . where inventiveness and camaraderie reign supreme.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
For fans of Judy Blume's Fudge titles as well as Carl Hiaasen's Hoot.
Money. That’s what Melonhead and his best friend, Sam, need. Due to a “situation,” the boys have to pay for something they...

Read More
 

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