Debbie Dadey

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Debra S. Dadey (born in May 18, 1959)[1] is an American writer and co-writer of 162 books,[2] including 74 total Bailey School Kids titles that she has co-written with Marcia Jones.[1] These comprise 51[3] in the Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series, 9[4] Bailey School Kids Jr. Chapter Books, and 14 [5] Bailey School Kids - Special Editions.

Dadey was born in Morganfield, Kentucky.[1] She was a first grade teacher and librarian before becoming a full-time writer. Her award-winning "books for reluctant readers" have been published by Scholastic, Tor/Starscape Publishing, Hyperion, Bloomsbury USA, Delacorte, Walker, Willowisp, and F&W Publishing.

Selected works[edit]

  • Story Sparkers: A creativity guide for children's writers, Dadey and Marcia Jones (Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest Books, 2000)


Dadey as sole writer
  • Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express, illustrated by Charlie Shaw[a] (Disney Press, 1994) – historical novel
  • Marty the Maniac, illus. Mel Crawford (1996) – first? of a Marty series (1996–?), some illus. by Meredith Johnson
  • My Mom the Frog, illus. Richard A. Williams (Scholastic Corporation, 1996)
  • Bobby and the Great, Green Booger, illus. Mike Gordon (St. Petersburg, FL: Willowisp Press, 1997) – first in a Bobby series
  • Shooting Star: Annie Oakley the legend, illus. Scott Goto (NY: Walker and Co., 1997)
  • Will Rogers: larger than life, illus. Scott Goto (1999)
  • King of the Kooties, illus. Kevin O'Malley (Walker, 1999)
  • Cherokee Sister (Delacorte Press, 2000) – historical novel
  • The Swamp Monster in Third Grade, illus. Margeaux Lucas (Scholastic, 2002) – first in a Swamp Monster series
  • Whistler's Hollow (1st US ed., NY: Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2002) – historical novel
  • Great Green Gator Graduation, illus. Margeaux Lucas (Scholastic, 2006)
  • The Worst Name in Third Grade, illus. Tamara Petrosino (Scholastic, 2007) – first in a series
  • A Whale of a Tale, illus. Tatevik Avakyan (Aladdin Books, 2012) – Trident Academy series, aka Mermaid Tales
Dadey with co-writers
  • The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, series (Scholastic, 1992–present) written by Dadey and Marcia Jones, illustrated by John Steven Gurney[1]
  • Ghostville Elementary, series (Scholastic, 2003–2007), wri. Dadey and Jones, illus. Guy Francis
  • The Keyholders, series (Tor Books Starscape, 2009) wri. Dadey and Jones, illus. Adam Stower
  • Slime Wars, Dadey and her son Nathan Dadey, illus. Bill Basso (2003)
  • Slime Time, Dadey and Nathan Dadey, illus. Bill Basso (2004)
  • Triplet Trouble and the Runaway Reindeer, by Dadey and Jones, illus. John Speirs (1995) – first of a Triple Trouble series (1995–?)


  1. ^ Charles William Shaw (1941–2005). LC Online Catalog records (65) show that he illustrated books as "Charlie Shaw" for Disney Press (14) and as "Charles Shaw" otherwise (51). "Shaw, Charles, 1941-2005". Library of Congress Authorities ( Retrieved 2017-03-24.


  1. ^ a b c d Debbie Dadey at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  2. ^ "Debbie Dadey". Number of current titles. 
  3. ^ "Bailey School Kids". Available Titles. Archived from the original on 2007-08-20. 
  4. ^ "Bailey School Kids Jr. Chapter books". Available Titles. Archived from the original on 2007-08-20. 
  5. ^ "Bailey School Kids - Special Editions". Available Titles. Archived from the original on 2007-08-20. 
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