Jude Watson JR
|Pen name||Jude Watson|
|Notable works||What I Saw and How I Lied|
|Notable awards||National Book Award for Young People's Literature|
Judy Blundell, pseudonym Jude Watson, is an American author of books for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers. She won the annual National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 2008 for the young adult novel What I Saw and How I Lied, published under her real name by Scholastic Books.
Blundell is better known as Jude Watson, an author of books set in the Star Wars universe. Her publisher, Scholastic, calls her "the most celebrated author in the prequel-era of the Star Wars phenomenon" (that is, Star Wars fiction set in the time frame of the three prequel movies).
Writing for the Star Wars franchise, she works with editors from LucasBooks as well as Scholastic. Her debut came when LucasBooks recruited her to write the Star Wars Journal Captive to Evil by Princess Leia Organa, published by Scholastic in 1998.
Beside the journals of Princess Leia, Queen Amidala (1999), and Darth Maul (1999), Watson is the author of three series that comprise about forty books: Jedi Apprentice (except for the first book), Jedi Quest, and The Last of the Jedi. She is also a co-author with K. D. Burkett in the Star Wars: Science Adventures series. Scholastic says that the primary audience is children age 9 to 14.
Her other books include the romance series Brides of Wildcat County, the parapsychic science fictions Premonitions and Disappearance, and three books in the 39 Clues mystery-adventure series, all written for young adults. In 2018 she published the book A Warp in Time.
Blundell lives in a small village called Stony Brook, on Long Island, with her daughter and husband. Her husband, Neil Watson, is the Executive Director of the Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages.
Non-Star Wars Bibliography
- What I Saw and How I Lied (2008), as Judy Blundell, her real name — winner of the National Book Award
- Strings Attached (2011), as Judy Blundell
- The High Season (2018), as Judy Blundell
- Dangerous: Savannah's Story (1995)
- Scandalous: Eden's Story (1995)
- Audacious: Ivy's Story (1995)
- Impetuous: Mattie's Story (1996)
- Tempestuous: Opal's Story (1996)
The Clue Hunt
Cahills vs. Vespers
- A King's Ransom (Book 2 - 2011)
- Nowhere to Run (Book 1 - 2013)
- Mission Titanic (Book 1 - 2015)
- Loot: How to Steal a Fortune (2014)
- Sting: It Takes a Crook to Catch a Crook (2016)
Star Wars Bibliography
Star Wars Journals
- Star Wars Journal: Captive to Evil by Princess Leia Organa (1998) — Blundell's first Star Wars gig
- Star Wars Episode I Journal: Queen Amidala (1999)
- Star Wars Episode I Journal: Darth Maul (2000)
Star Wars:Science Adventures
- Emergency in Escape Pod Four, by Jude Watson and K. D. Burkett (1999)
- Journey across Planet X, by Watson and Burkett (1999)
- Storm Fleet Warnings (2003)
- Ghosts of the Sith (2006)
- The Last One Standing (2006)
- "Biography: Judy Blundell" Archived 2010-03-08 at the Wayback Machine. Scholastic. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
"National Book Awards – 2008". National Book Foundation (NBF). Retrieved 2012-04-16.
(With acceptance speech by Blundell, introduction by Daniel Handler, and other material, partly replicated for all five Young People's Literature authors and books.)
- "2008 National Book Award Winner, Young People's Literature" Archived 2008-10-26 at the Wayback Machine. NBF. Retrieved 2010-04-08. (Acceptance speech, reading, citation, biographical blurbs, etc.)
- Judy Blundell author book list at FictionDB
- Jude Watson at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Jordan Cray at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Jude Watson at Library of Congress Authorities, with 55 catalog records dated 1995–2013
- Judy Blundell[permanent dead link] at LC Authorities — 3 works publ. 2008–2013
- Jordan Cray[permanent dead link] at LC Authorities — 9 works publ. 1997–1998