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Julie Gardner Berry Books In Order

Publication Order of Splurch Academy Books

The Rat Brain Fiasco (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Curse of the Bizarro Beetle (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Colossal Fossil Freakout (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Trouble with Squids (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Amaranth Enchantment (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Secondhand Charm (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All the Truth That's In Me (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Passion of Dolssa (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Emperor's Ostrich (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lovely War (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Julie Gardner Berry is the pen name that author Julie Berry publishes her “Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys” series under. These books are illustrated by Julie’s sister, Sally Gardner. The first book came out in the year 2010, and was called “The Rat Brain Fiasco”. The series has four books to it.

Julie grew up on a fifty acre farm in Western New York and is the youngest of seven kids. They grew a lot of their own food and harvested eggs from their chickens. They had rabbits, pigs, turkeys, and many cats and dogs. Julie found that she was free to ramble around their pond filled with turtles and frogs, and wade in their crick full of crawdads and minnows.

She considers herself to be lucky that she was the caboose kid in a huge family made up of avid readers, and a mom that loved poetry. She had a great little library of children’s classics to read and reread to her heart’s content and came close to memorizing some of those books.

During high school, she filled much of her time with clubs, sports (cross country, volleyball, track), singing, music lessons, jobs (YMCA), and babysitting, as well as books. College was more of the same. More friends, more volleyball, more jobs (making copies and slinging pizza). She went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and majored in communication.

She dreamed of becoming many things: a mom, a chemist, a marine biologist, a Solid Gold Dancer, and a gymnast, but writing was always on the back of her mind. She always hoped that writing would be a part of the mix, whatever she wound up doing.

During college, she met her husband, Phil. They married young and quickly began a family after that. They have four sons, and they have zero idea where the time went. In order to make the gender balance more even in their home, they have two girl cats, Nisha and Athena.

Once her fourth son was born, she figured that since her family dreams were well underway, she decided to pursue writing books. She went back to school and got her MFA in writing for kids and young adults from Vermont College of the Fine Arts. It is a place that she was able to learn from many committed and talented writers for young people.

She writes young adult fiction and children’s fiction. Her first book, “The Amaranth Enchantment” was released in the year 2009, under the name Julie Berry.

“All The Truth That’s in Me” was named a School Library Journal Best of 2013, a 2013 Horn Book Fanfare title, and was a Kirkus Best Teen Read for 2013. It was also nominated for a Carnegie Best Book Award in the year 2014. “The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place” won an Odyssey Honor from the American Library Association. “The Passion of Dolssa” won a Printz Honor from the American Library Association in 2017, and also won a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten award.

“The Rat Brain Fiasco” is the first novel in the “Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys” series, which was released in the year 2010. Cody Mack is called into the principal’s office once again, and he finds something much worse than a detention waiting for him. Splurch Academy, which is a frightfully sinister boarding school for disobedient children. It is run by a group of monstrous teachers.

Berry does a great job of telling an entertaining story with the book that makes readers want to check out more of the series. This does a great job of incorporating elements of a graphic novel into the text. The words and the illustrations combine to tell an excellent and complete story.

“Curse of the Bizarro Beetle” is the second novel in the “Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys” series, which was released in the year 2010. Cody’s arch nemesis, Headmaster Farley is banished from the school, and Cody should really be celebrating. Something is eating at him, and bothering him. Literally gnawing on him. There are dark forces on the rise at Splurch. Cody Mack is unsure of what side of the battle he is on.

This is an ideal book for reluctant readers to read, with its partial narrative and partial comic book format. All of the books from the series are perfect for elementary to middle grade boys and girls. Berry writes fun and entertaining stories for younger readers, especially for reluctant readers.

“The Colossal Fossil Freakout” is the third novel in the “Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys” series, which was released in the year 2011. Headmaster Farley has come back and is ready for revenge, but an unexpected visit from his sister brings some nasty results as she takes over Splurch Academy. He comes up with a plan, after being forced to retreat into his library, to get the school back. At the same time, Cody Mack and the other boys at the school are pitted against their new classmates: the girls from Priscilla Prim Academy for Precious and Proper Young Ladies.

Reading this book is an entertaining and fun time and is a great way to spend time with younger readers just beginning to learn how to read. Especially ones that are picky about the books they pick up and read.

“The Trouble with Squids” is the fourth novel in the “Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys” series, which was released in the year 2011. This is a squid invasion. The boys find a forgotten and old swimming pool that has been hidden away under the floor of the school’s gym. Beneath the surface they find an entire undersea world that might give them a way to escape from Splurch Academy. They quickly find that the pool is overflowing with some evil monster squids.

These are some great illustrations, and go well with the clever writing. These are fun and unique books. For some, it is a shame that the series doesn’t continue for many more installments, as they are well written, well illustrated, and simply a lot of fun.

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