Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself [NOOK Book]

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When Sally’s family moves to Miami Beach for the winter of 1947, she is excited and nervous at the same time. What will school be like in Florida? Will she make any friends? Will she fit in so far away from home?

Miami Beach has so many things to worry and wonder about, Sally is in for one unforgettable winter!

While spending the winter of 1947-1948 in Miami Beach with her family, ten-year-old ...

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Overview

When Sally’s family moves to Miami Beach for the winter of 1947, she is excited and nervous at the same time. What will school be like in Florida? Will she make any friends? Will she fit in so far away from home?

Miami Beach has so many things to worry and wonder about, Sally is in for one unforgettable winter!

While spending the winter of 1947-1948 in Miami Beach with her family, ten-year-old Sally makes up stories, casts herself in starring roles in movies, and encounters a sinister stranger.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307817709
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/21/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 82,040
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Judy  Blume

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.

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.

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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 November 7, 2007

    Is Sally ready for her big move?

    Starring Sally J. Freedman as herself by Judy Blume is a fictional book. I really liked this book because it kept me guessing about how the main character, Sally is going to resolve the conflict. The setting of this book is a few years after WW2 in Miami Beach, Florida. the major conflict of the book is that WW2 has just ended and Sally and her family move to Miami Beach. Sally thinks she won¿t make any friends and she thinks that her new neighbor is Hilter in disguise who retired to Miami Beach! Sally also can¿t get used to her dad living in New Jersey without her. Sally soon finds out if her neighbor is really Hilter or not. Besides Sally missing her friends and family in New Jersey she has other things on her mind. I think that Judy Blume is a great author. She writes in the third person point of view. In this book she doesn¿t use big words. Other books by her are also mostly fiction with young characters. I would recommend this book if you like younger characters and books that you can¿t stop reading. I think this is a great book for ages 10 and up and you learn what it was like for sally growing up after WW2.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2006

    Funny- Best Book for 8-11 year olds!

    This book is the best book for childern ages 8-11 years old. It was imaginative, funny, and a special read. Don't forget to buy this book!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    My favorite book!!!!!!!

    You should definitly get this book if you can. It's funny and exciting. Judy Blume rocks!!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2006

    A Tale with an Overactive Imagination

    ¿Doey-bird, why do we have to move?¿ Sally asked. She looked clearly upset, and so did her brother, Douglas, who was standing next to her. Sally is a character in Judy Blume¿s book, Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself. ¿Douglas needs the sun to get over his kidney infection, Sally. It¿s not permanent either, only until summer,¿ answered Doey-bird, Sally¿s father. Sally trudged over to her father. She climbed into his lap and whined, ¿It¿s not fair.¿ Sally had learned that she, her father, her mother, Douglas, and Ma Fanny (her grandmother) were moving to Florida. They were going to live there from October until the summer. Since Sally¿s family was Jewish, they had recently celebrated the end of World War 2. Unfortunately, two of Sally¿s relatives died in the war. This book is about Sally¿s life in Miami, Florida. She makes friends with children in her apartment and at school two of them are Andrea and Barbara. Her imagination is huge, so when Sally discovers that a man that looks like Hitler lives in her apartment, she has many ideas about what to do. To pass the time, Sally makes up stories in her head, and keeps in touch with her father, who is still working in New Jersey, which is where her real house is. Sally¿s move to Florida means big changes for her in this thrilling book. The most interesting parts of this book were in the middle. All of the characters were introduced, so that was when the action started happening. An example of this is when Sally is stung by a Man-O-War. Judy Blume makes you want to read on to find out what will occur next. Another thing I thought made the book exciting were the stories Sally made up in her head. She almost always killed Hitler in her stories, and the fact that it would never happen in real life made it humorous. Overall, I think the book was just okay. The story was entertaining, but there weren¿t too many details about the setting, which I would¿ve wanted to hear about. Sally¿s overactive imagination was what I enjoyed most in this book. Even though I thought this book wasn¿t the greatest, I would definitely recommend it to many people. Those in elementary school would care for this book more than I did. Sally has quite an overactive imagination, which means numerous children can relate to her. Also, anyone who vacations in Florida would be interested to read about what it was like back in the 1940s, which is when this book takes place. Those that like a story about mischief and hilarious adventures would enjoy this book as well because there are many times when Sally makes you want to laugh out loud. If you are looking for a decent book to read, Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself is for you.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2006

    The most amazing book ever!!!!!!!!!!

    When Sally moves to Florida she has some great adventures. She hears tales, mkes friends, has fights, but, really want's to see her dad who is staying in New Jersey, but her parents aren't divorced. She rewrites the whole world as if she were the star. Love at first sight, and then gone tomorrow. Sally goes through a time of great dispare and a troubleing way of mind. Who knows maybe Sally will be a famous detective or that movie star, but, as of right now she is still trying to figure the world out one step at a time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2006

    FUNNY!

    This book is amazingly good by the best selling author Judy Blume. Sally must go to Miami because of her brother's health. Sounds fun right? WRONG! Sally hates it there. She has to share a apartment with 2 other people, make new friends, & leave her dad which she calls ' Doey-Bird' because he can whistle like a bird. But in the end, Sally finds that Miami can be full of suprises. A great book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2003

    This is a Great Book!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I really liked 'Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself'. I think this book is cool and funny because Sally Freedman, the main character, has a very creative mind. You can tell because she thinks Adolph Hitler is in disguise as a Jewish man in Miami, Florida. It is also funny because Sally¿s family believes in good luck and Sally likes to listens to other people¿s conversation on their party line telephone. Sally moves from New Jersey to Florida because her brother has a kidney infection and the move would be good for his health. I prefer the part of this book when she is in Florida, which is most of the book. A lot of things happen to Sally, like her first kiss and helping her teacher paint the bathroom. I like it when Sally writes to her dad, Doey-Bird. I think it is sweet because her dad is still in New Jersey and she misses him. I also enjoy it when she makes up stories in her head. She is very creative. I think a lot of young people would like to read this book because they will find it interesting and entertaining. I recommend 'Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself', for ages 10 trough 12 because it contains some mild language.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

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    This book is totally amazing! I could read it over and over again! Must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Pls

    That is from all of the books its a never put down literrally love it highly recommend

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    What?

    Wait wats this even about?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Love it

    Awesome book must read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    One of my favorites!

    I suggest that read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    LoL

    GET THIS BOOK! OR YOU'LL REGRET IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Iiiiiiiii ttttttttthhhhhhhhiiiiiiiinnnnnnkkkkk yyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeesssssss ggggggrrrrrreeeeeeeeeaaaaaaatttttt bbbbbbbbbbooooooooooooooooooooooooooookkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):):):):):):):):):&!!!!!!!!!!!!+!+!+!+!+!+!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    The book is great! You should really read it!

    I think this book will encourage kids who are moving to not be afraid of making new friends and starting a new school.I mean,Sally lived her dream probobly by making new friends!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Great!

    I read this several times as a teen. Excellant!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Clro

    I have not read it yet but i know it will be funny

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    I have to wait till ireland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I don't wanna wait

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2008

    strange perspective

    this book took me a little more time to read than most others i'm guessing because it was kind of boring. the person that the narrator is describing is very nosy and naive, not that i'm spoiling anything important but she listens in on people's phone calls that are on her party line!! then this little girl is sooo into her idea that her next door neighbor is hitler that she comes up with things bad about him when he's not even doing anything wrong!! if she was real i wouldn't like this girl the way she gets into everyone's business. she does have a good point though that no one ever tells her anything, but still that is no excuse to listen in on other people's PRIVATE phone calls. this book is not one of my favorites of judy blume's, but don't give up on her, the others are better...

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2005

    Amazing!

    After moving to Miami to improve her brother's health, Sally J. Freedman finds friends, experiences her first kiss, and 'finds' Hitler. In the eyes of an American Jew, the characters merge together to create a wonderful story. I recommend this book to all readers.

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