BFF*: Two Novels by Judy Blume--Just as Long as We're Together/Here's to You, Rachel Robinson (*Best Friends Forever)

BFF*: Two Novels by Judy Blume--Just as Long as We're Together/Here's to You, Rachel Robinson (*Best Friends Forever)

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by Judy Blume
     
 

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In this new bind-up, Judy Blume's two stories about three best friends will reach a new set of girls. Stephanie, Rachel and Alison know there will be plenty of family issues, broken hearts, and tough school assignments as they make their way through junior high. But with a good pair of friends, a girl can do anything.  See more details below

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In this new bind-up, Judy Blume's two stories about three best friends will reach a new set of girls. Stephanie, Rachel and Alison know there will be plenty of family issues, broken hearts, and tough school assignments as they make their way through junior high. But with a good pair of friends, a girl can do anything.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
This book brings together reprinted editions of Blume's companion novels Just as Long as We're Together (1987) and Here's to You, Rachel Robinson (1993). In the first novel, Stephanie's friendship with Rachel grows into an threesome with new girl Alison, adopted from Vietnam, and Stephanie deals with the painful news of her parents' separation; in the second, Rachel is struggling with her own academic precociousness and perfectionism as her family faces the return after his expulsion from boarding school of her angry and abusive older brother. Blume remains the master of creating extremely real tween characters and recording the minutia of their day-to-day lives: how they decorate their rooms, how they cover their notebooks, how dark they like their toast, how they like to sign their names (with or without a middle initial). Compared with more recent YA fiction, the action here feels very slow—we are well over a hundred pages into Just as Long as We're Together before any real conflict begins to develop. But this same leisurely pacing contributes to the sense that we are being given a generous slice of real girls' actual lives. Here's to You, Rachel Robinson is the less successful of the two because the three-way friendship that made the first book so satisfying is eclipsed by Rachel's family problems and dominated by her truly unpleasant brother Charles. Still, here as well, Blume excels at showing her characters' small and believable moments of growth, as Rachel comes to realize that "life is full of surprises, and they're not necessarily all bad."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385904162
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/27/2007
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.51(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Judy Blume is known and loved by millions of readers for her funny, honest, always believable stories. She lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York's Upper East Side, Key West, and Martha's Vineyard
Date of Birth:
February 12, 1938
Place of Birth:
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Education:
B.S. in education, New York University, 1961
Website:
http://www.judyblume.com/

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