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Judy Blume's Fudge Box Set

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Fans young and old will laugh out loud at the irrepressible wit of Peter Hatcher, the hilarious antics of mischievous Fudge, and the unbreakable confidence of know-it-all Sheila Tubman in Judy Blume’s five Fudge books, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Superfudge, Fudge-a-Mania, and Double Fudge. Now all packaged together for the very first time, this collection of Fudge books will please lifelong fans and entice a whole new generation of ...

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Overview

Fans young and old will laugh out loud at the irrepressible wit of Peter Hatcher, the hilarious antics of mischievous Fudge, and the unbreakable confidence of know-it-all Sheila Tubman in Judy Blume’s five Fudge books, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Superfudge, Fudge-a-Mania, and Double Fudge. Now all packaged together for the very first time, this collection of Fudge books will please lifelong fans and entice a whole new generation of Blume readers.

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Newcomers and Fudge fans alike will savor this installment in the well-loved series. (Booklist on Double Fudge)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142409060
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/4/2007
  • Series: Fudge Series
  • Pages: 848
  • Sales rank: 51,891
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 2.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy  Blume
Judy Blume is the enduringly popular author of more than twenty books for young readers. Over 75 million copies of her books have been sold, and the Fudge books are timeless classics. Among Ms. Blume's many awards are the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement and the 2004 National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She lives with her husband, George Cooper, in Key West, Florida.

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
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2009

    My 9 year old son LOVES these books

    My 9 year old son had to read "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" over the summer, as he was going into the fouth grade. He loved it so much we bought the boxed set of Fudge books. (he got so involved in the first book that he actually cried at the end! - that's the first time he has ever connected with a book like that).

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

    Kid Friendly

    I've read all of these books and they are very kid friendly. I started the book and I couldn't stop

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    books to get your kids to read!

    My 9 year old granddaughter wasn't fond of reading unless she was forced to. But with this set of books she can't wait to get to the next chapter! She loves the characters and is able to relate to the situations in the stories. She even reads out loud to me because she wants to share the experiences of the characters with me! These books are great for book reports. I actually read one of the books myself and found myself laughing out loud!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2010

    Enjoyed by my daughter

    Very funny - great to read outloud

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    Great, again and again!

    No matter how many times I have read Judy Blume (since I was 9, now going on 30), they continue to be great. Funny and I can never read a little at a time. She knows how to get you hooked. If you read one Fudge book, you must read them all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Highly recommend

    A classic I read as a child, now my 10 yr. old enjoys as much as I did

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Books

    These books were for my granddaughter. She did like them.

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

    Great Gift!

    My grandson enjoys reading this delightful series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    Fun read

    Purchased this for my grandsons for Christmas. My daughter reports she can hear them laughing from another room while they are reading one of this set. Give this 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2010

    Who doesn't love Fudge?!

    Great book for kids of all ages.

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

    Great!

    I read these books as a kid and now my kids are enjoying them. Peter Warren Hatcher's stories of his life as a fourth grader with a little brother have me laughing out loud all over again. Especially now that I have kids.

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