Blubber

Blubber

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by Judy Blume, Debbie Ridpath Ohi
     
 

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A person who can laugh at herself will be respected, right?

But Linda doesn't laugh. And maybe that's the problem. There's something about her that makes Jill and 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. See more details below

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Overview

A person who can laugh at herself will be respected, right?

But Linda doesn't laugh. And maybe that's the problem. There's something about her that makes Jill and 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.

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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.
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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781481414401
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
04/29/2014
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
460,258
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Judy Blume, one of America’s most popular authors, is the recipient of the 2004 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of beloved books for young people, including Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and novels for adult readers, including Wifey, Smart Women, and Summer Sisters. Her work has been translated into thirty-two languages.Visit Judy at JudyBlume.com or follow her on Twitter at @JudyBlume.

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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