Blubber [NOOK Book]

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Blubber is a good name for her, the note from Wendy says about Linda. Jill crumples it up and leaves it on the corner of her desk. She doesn't want to think about Linda or her dumb report on the whale just now. Jill wants to think about Halloween.

But Robby grabs the note, and before Linda stops talking it has gone halfway around the room.

That's where it all starts. ...
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Overview

Blubber is a good name for her, the note from Wendy says about Linda. Jill crumples it up and leaves it on the corner of her desk. She doesn't want to think about Linda or her dumb report on the whale just now. Jill wants to think about Halloween.

But Robby grabs the note, and before Linda stops talking it has gone halfway around the room.

That's where it all starts. There's something about Linda that makes a lot of kids in her fifth-grade class want to see how far they can go -- but nobody, least of all Jill, expects the fun to end where it does.

A New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year

Jill goes along with the rest of the fifth-grade class in tormenting a classmate and then finds out what it is like when she, too, becomes a target.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Judy Blume's body of work returns to her original editor, Richard Jackson, with the rerelease of four classics in hardcover. An African-American family moves to all-white Grove Street in Iggie's House, to be released in April. The author's breakthrough title, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, about 11-year old Margaret Simon's struggles with puberty and religion, is now available in hardcover as well as in a Spanish-language edition, Estas ahi Dios? Soy yo, Margaret. Two additional titles came out last season: Blubber takes on preteen teasing; and It's Not the End of the World explores the effects of divorce. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
It is sometimes said that children can be cruel to each other. Recent books and movies have focused on the theme of classroom bullies. This book takes that theme and hits a home run with it. It doesn't sugar coat the ugly truth: bullies are relentless and their victims are left with scars. This realistic portrayal of a fifth-grade classroom in a Pennsylvania school will make some readers uncomfortable. They will recognize Wendy, the ringleader, and those other children who do her bidding. And they will recognize Linda, an overweight and unpopular child, who is their prey. When Wendy decides to pick on Linda, she calls on other classmates to help her do this dirty work. Soon, there is a gang of kids making Linda miserable. Wendy may not be liked, but she is feared. She wields this power of fear to do some heart breaking work. Although this book was originally published in the 1970s, its depiction of classroom bullies and the havoc they wreak on their victims will resonate with today's readers. It is a sad, but timely, topic. 2004 (orig. 1974), Dell Yearling/Random House Children's Books, Ages 9 to 12.
—Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.
Children's Literature - Jill Walton
Blubber is a classic. Once again, fifth grade girls are sharing this book with their friends. They recognize and know the characters; these are the people in their school, their peers. They know the teacher. The main character, Jill, is vulnerable; she is afraid not to follow the demands of a girl named Wendy who dominates her friends. It begins when classmate, Linda, gives a presentation about whales in front of the class. Wendy writes a note that she passes on stating “Blubber is a good name for her.” That note travels underground throughout the class and the persecution begins. Wendy and company demand that overweight Linda submit to calling herself names and commit demeaning acts. Jill is now a bully but she becomes a victim when she takes a stand against Wendy. Great humor, rich family portraits, and the harshness of daily life in a classroom are solidly presented. Stereotypes and Judy Blume have never met. Blubber is an unsentimental classic, a coming of age novel for the young person who is leaving childhood. Reviewer: Jill Walton; Ages 8 to 12.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307817662
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/21/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 55,087
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Judy Blume is known and loved by millions of readers for her funny, honest, always believable stories. Among her hugely popular books are Superfudge, Fudge-a-mania, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, all available in Dell Yearling editions. Judy Blume lives in New York City.

Biography

Before Judy Blume, there may have been a handful of books that spoke to issues teens could identify with; but very few were getting down to nitty-gritty stuff like menstruation, masturbation, parents divorcing, being half-Jewish, or deciding to have sex. Now, these were some issues that adolescents could dig into, and Blume’s ability to address them realistically and responsibly has made her one of the most popular – and most banned – authors for young adults.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, published in 1970, was Blume’s third book and the one that established her fan base. Drawing on some of the same things she faced as a sixth grader growing up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Blume created a sympathetic, first-person portrait of a girl whose family moves to the suburbs as she struggles with puberty and religion. In subsequent classics such as Then Again, Maybe I Won’t, Deenie, Blubber, and Tiger Eyes, Blume wrote about the pain of being different, falling in love, and figuring out one's identity. Usually written in a confessional/diary style, Blume’s books feel like letters from friends who just happen to be going through a very interesting version of the same tortures suffered by their audience.

Blume has also accumulated a great following among the 12-and-under set with her Fudge series, centering on the lives of preteen Peter Hatcher and his hilariously troublesome younger brother, Farley (a.k.a. Fudge). Blume’s books in this category are particularly adept at portraying the travails of siblings, making both sides sympathetic. Her 2002 entry, Double Fudge, takes a somewhat surreal turn, providing the Hatchers with a doppelganger of Fudge when they meet some distant relatives on a trip.

Blume has also had success writing for adults, again applying her ability to turn some of her own sensations into compelling stories. Wifey in 1978 was the raunchy chronicle of a bored suburban housewife’s infidelities, both real and imagined. She followed this up five years later with Smart Women, a novel about friendship between two divorced women living in Colorado; and 1998’s Summer Sisters, also about two female friends.

Blume has said she continually struggles with her writing, often sure that each book will be the last, that she’ll never get another idea. She keeps proving herself wrong with more than 20 books to her credit; hopefully she will continue to do so.

Good To Know

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was inspired by an article given to Blume by her babysitter about a toddler who swallowed a small pet turtle. She wrote a picture book introducing Fudge (based on her own then-toddler son), the turtle, and older brother Peter; but it was rejected. A few years later, E. P. Dutton editor Ann Durell suggested that Blume turn the story into a longer book about the Hatcher family. Blume did, and the Fudge legacy was born.

Blume is not an author without conflict about her station in life. She says on her web site that, as part of her "fantasy about having a regular job," she has a morning routine that involves getting fully dressed and starting at 9 a.m. She has also getting out of writing altogether."After I had written more than ten books I thought seriously about quitting," she writes. "I felt I couldn't take the loneliness anymore. I thought I would rather be anything but a writer. But I've finally come to appreciate the freedom of writing. I accept the fact that it's hard and solitary work."

Blume's book about divorce, It's Not the End of the World, proved ultimately to be closer to her own experience than she originally imagined. Her own marriage was in trouble at the time, but she couldn't quite face it. "In the hope that it would get better I dedicated this book to my husband," she writes in an essay. "But a few years later, we, too, divorced. It was hard on all of us, more painful than I could have imagined, but somehow we muddled through and it wasn't the end of any of our worlds, though on some days it might have felt like it."

Her most autobiographical book is Starring Sally J. Friedman as Herself, says Blume. "Sally is the kind of kid I was at ten," Blume says on her web site.

Blume keeps setting Fudge aside, readers keep bringing him back. The sequel Superfudge was written after tons of fans wrote in asking for more of Farley Hatcher; again more begging led to Fudge-a-Mania ten years later. Blume planned never to write about Fudge again, but grandson Elliott was a persistent pesterer (just like Fudge), and got his way with 2002's Double Fudge.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York's Upper East Side, Key West, and Martha's Vineyard
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 12, 1938
    2. Place of Birth:
      Elizabeth, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.S. in education, New York University, 1961
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Reading Group Guide

BULLYING: A GUIDE
Macaroni Boy by Katherine Ayres
Blubber by Judy Blume
Spider Boy by Ralph Fletcher
True Blue by Jeffrey Lee
Feather Boy by Nick Springer

The books in this guide all deal with bullying. Use the questions to open discussion with your students on this important topic. Additional themes include challenges, friendships growing up, peer pressure, and self-discovery.

ABOUT BULLYING
Bullying isn’t a new problem in schools. Almost all adults will say that they either encountered or knew a bully in their childhood. Some will say they were victimized, and others will admit to being innocent bystanders. And, some may even reveal that they were bullies themselves.
No one wants to be called names or teased and taunted. No one wants to be left out of a ballgame or a school activity. No one wants their personal belongings ruined or their secrets revealed. New kids in school, and children who are different, especially mentally and physically challenged kids, are often the targets. These kids are already on the outside, and therefore vulnerable. Bullies are seeking attention and want to feel important. They feed their low self-esteem by being mean to others.
Newspapers, magazines, television and radio news are filled with incidents of schoolyard bullying. Why has bullying become such a worldwide issue in schools today? Is bullying the beginning of school violence? Whatever the reasons, schools and parents must develop ways of helping children cope with the local school bully. Children who are being bullied are often quiet about it. The bully may have threatened them if they “tattle” or they may feel embarrassed.

HOW TO RESPOND
Observant adults will notice if a child is quieter than usual, suddenly afraid of going to school, shows a drop in grades, and doesn’t want to play with friends or participate in after school activities. Ask questions. Engage them in conversation about the way they are feeling. Role-play a hypothetical incident. Encourage them to talk with someone they trust. Suggest they write about their feelings in a journal. Give them books to read.

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  • Posted March 26, 2009

    Review for the book <Blubber> by Judy Blume

    I read the book <Blubber> written by Judy Blume. This book is based on girls named Jill and Tracy. They go around doing naughty things and bullying a girl named Linda Fischer the <Blubber >.

    I generally liked the story because it was hilarious, descriptive, and fun. However, there were things I did not like about this book. One part was that this book described bullying as a fun thing to do so in that case I was little bit disappointed by the fact.

    Second reason is that there aren't many loving but a lot of hate such as bullying and name calling. Like "Blubber" or "Smelly Whale". I was expecting a friendship between Linda and Jill but got even worse instead. So I would like it if there were more love and friendship in this story.

    Another thing that disappointed me was that there was no lesson I learned after reading the story. The story was itself was fun but it did not impress my heart at all. Instead it sort of gave me bad feeling because of the swear words that came out like "Bit-" or "Dumb a-".

    Third, some parts were very evil and gruesome. This is one of the part that made me very angry. The girls made Linda Fisher eat a big ant covered in chocolate and threw rotten eggs at the neighbor's mail box and etc. I think these parts will influence the kids in a bad way.

    As a result I would recommend this book to people with age over 14 but not to younger (especially not the elementary kids).

    23 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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    Awesome book :)

    I loved this book, Judy Blume is a great author. I enjoyed Blubber really because it shows just how hard the 5th grade can be, it teaches a lesson: you always get back what you give out..sooner or later. Jill andher friends Bully the class "fatty" calling her Blubber and making fun of her, but they see its not so fun to be bullied when they become the targets. This book is funny, descriptive and i loved it.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2008

    Blubber

    Give me ¿Blubber,¿ the children will scream as they tug for this book. This scene will probably be occurring at libraries were kids discover how great Judy Blume Books are. <BR/>Have you ever been bullied? If you have you definitely should read this book called Blubber! In the story, Linda, Jill, and Wendy are all fifth graders. Jill and Wendy make fun of Linda and call her Blubber. Linda did an animal report on whales so the kids call Linda Blubber because the report was about an hour long!<BR/>In the book, it¿s almost Halloween and Jill is hankering to find out what Linda¿s going to be for Halloween. Jill decides to be a whale stripper to annoy Linda. The day after Halloween, Linda brings in lettuce and salads for her school lunch. Wendy, Jill and all the other classmates chant and sing, Blubber¿s on a diet! Linda¿s was crying, as she was explaining that she¿s trying to lose weight so no one will make fun of her. <BR/>I have never been bullied or have ever bullied anyone, but I have seen bullying and tried to stop it. That day, the boy was secretly slapping the girl and I noticed that the girl¿s tears were falling like bullets! I felt horrible for her and I definitely told the teacher!<BR/>I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read funtastic books!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    ME

    UNDESCRIBABLE! BUY THIS ! YOU NEED TO READ IT!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

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    Still relevant - a must read!

    Over 35 years after it was first written, Judy Blume's Blubber still delivers a relevant view of bullying, from the perspective of fifth grader, Jill Brenner. After pudgy Linda presents a classroom assignment on the whale, she is nicknamed "Blubber" by Wendy, the most popular girl at school, and so begins a daily ritual of abuse. While Jill isn't the leader of the pack, she joins right in, seemingly without any hesitation. Is it peer pressure? When Wendy first writes a note using the name Blubber, Jill smiles, not because she thinks it's funny but because Wendy is watching her. After that, she participates wholeheartedly.

    Over the next few weeks, most of the kids laugh at Linda, call her names, spit at her, and trip her. They even physically hold her down to mess with her clothes and later, to force her to eat something unappealing. Linda lets it happen, doing very little to resist or fight back. In the end, they lock her in a closet and declare that she's on trial. Of course, Wendy is the judge and this inquiry is anything but fair. Jill thinks that she'll never be in Linda's position, but she learns that popularity is fleeting and that her position in the classroom hierarchy only lasts as long as she is willing to go along with the crowd.

    These kids seem to feel no remorse. In fact, there is a general lack of respect for their neighbors, teachers and other students. They justify inappropriate behavior by claiming that the person gets what they deserve. They vandalize houses during Halloween and brag about it. Their teachers are oblivious and Jill's parents are distracted, leaving the action to play out without any supervision. In many ways these kids are still so young, dressing up for Halloween or collecting stamps, and left to their own devices they sink to the lowest level. While none of the characters ever seem to gain much in the way of compassion or feeling, Jill does show readers that they should never let "other people decide what's going to happen to you" and that there are ways to stand up for yourself. This matter-of-fact, true to life portrayal of classroom dynamics is a must read!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Omg

    I am linda ( aka blubber) and i canot belive how many of u like this book it is so repetitive and not nice to ME!!! How dare u!! Its like all u gyz r bullying ME!!! I HATE U ALL!!!!!!!!!

    6 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2010

    Surprisingly Mean Spirited!

    I remember reading this novel when I was in elementary school. Now, I was a huge fan of Judy Blume then, and even still admire many of her books. But this book was not one of my favorites. The things that were done to Linda were appalling, like making her show the boys her underpants(!!) and making her eat a chocolate covered ant! And the girls, including the narrator of the story, were horrible. The girls get caught rotten-egging a man's house (bad enough) but then don't even feel bad for what they've done! And they urinate in his yard! And then when the bad guys are supposed to get their comeuppance, it never really happens. Linda herself merely turns nasty but passionless, and not even a real truce is formed with anyone. The book leaves you feeling empty and even sad, and it doesn't 'teach' one anything.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Blubber

    This book is so freakin amazing!!
    Read it if you love judy blume!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    JUDY BLUME STRIKES BACK

    Great book might influnce bullying to others teaches a lesson too

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2003

    inaproprite

    if the reader is over weight at all or just a larger child and wieghs more you shouldn't read this book. one of my close friends read this book at the same age as the girls in the book and she is not fat just VERY muscular and she weighed 10 pounds more then linda. SO she had to see a doctor and she has never been the same!! so this book is a very un thought over book!

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    Must read !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Blubber is a girl named linda and everyone picked on her and clled her blubber. Then one day the shoe us on the other foot because wendy decided she would pick on jill and call here B.B and then she stood up for herself and everyone stoped pincking on her. Blubber teaches kids not to bully or watch people get bullied and to speak up.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Blubber

    Everyone has reccomended blubber! It'now a reccomendation from me!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Blubber

    This book gives people a good knowlege of things that can go on school.linda is great and strong.the other girl just follows

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Greatest book evea

    Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much awsome

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    Love this book!

    Just like all Judy Blume books, "Blubber" is a classic! I sure wish it were available on the Nook.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2001

    Not Your Average Outcast Book

    Like Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War before it, Judy Blume's Blubber defies the rules of how a book about a school outcast should end. Jill Brenner, the protagonist, thinks it's fun to join 'class leader' Wendy and the other fifth-grade kids in picking on Linda Fischer, who's NOT the fattest kid in the class but gets tagged with the nickname 'Blubber'. Do you think Jill will discover that Linda is really a sweet sensitive kid who's misunderstood? Think again! Blubber exposes the cowardice, hypocrisy, and even fickleness that lies behind peer pressure and constant teasing. Jill learns cost of standing up for someone's rights, and how surprisingly easy it is for ANYONE to join in the 'fun' of making another person miserable just to fit in.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    My favorite bok for 2014rs

    When i first read this couldn't put it down it is a very good book if there were a hundred stars that's what i would rate this book.I'm happy m

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    So meaning full

    This is a great book that reminds you to stay strong through the toughest of times. You don't realize you're being a bully until it comes back to you. The only thing i would have to say about this book that is negative is the choice of words in this book. But i decided you just need to look past all of the words into the true meaning of this book. The first time i read this was in the 5th grade which made it even more special to me. I wasn't exactly the skinniest girl but after I read this book i realized wasn't alone even though Linda is fictional. No one deserves to be bullied no matter what the situation is, and this book really reminds you of that. I would give it a million more stars if there were a way. Bravo Judy Blume you have done it once again with yet another fabulous, spectacular, and ultra heart warming story. It truly it truly is moments like this that make me wish i could read books for a living.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Jill jill jill

    I saw the bad word she said mrs. Something is a b she mark everyrhing wrong on my paper.but every thing eles is hood.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2013

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    I grew up reading Judy Blume, but my eleven year old son is read

    I grew up reading Judy Blume, but my eleven year old son is reading &quot;Blubber&quot; and he loves it. He's a big fan of the Wimpy Kid series, and Captain Underpants.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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