A pioneer of books for young adults and the author of classics such as Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, the Fudge series, and many others, Judy Blume has always had the uncanny ability to capture the embarrassments and worries of growing up, striking comforting chords with readers of all ages.
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Date of Birth:
February 12, 1938
Place of Birth:
Elizabeth, New Jersey
B.S. in education, New York University, 1961
Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Library Association, 1996
Judy Blume's official web site
|A Blume Tribute||Selected Works|
|Everything I Needed to Know about Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume|
From our editors: "The 24 essays of Everything I Needed to Know about Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume honor an unconventional mentor who has entertained readers even as she teaches them. The topics touched here are as wide and deep as Blume's fiction: divorce, bullying, peer pressure, menstruation, weight issues, sibling rivalry, and racism. The contributors include Meg Cabot, Beth Kendrick, Julie Kenner, and Cara Lockwood."
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (1970)|
Then Again, Maybe I Won't (1971)
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (1972)
Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself (1977)
Tiger Eyes (1981)
Double Fudge (2002)
Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One (2007)
Judy Blume chronology
|The Best Book to Read First|
|Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret|
This tale of a 12-year-old's struggles with a new neighborhood, new body and religious identity was a defining moment for Blume as an author, and for countless kids who realized they were not alone in their worries. For a male Margaret counterpart, read Then Again, Maybe I Won't; younger readers should start with the first book starring the inimitable toddler Fudge and his brother in Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
Then Again, Maybe I Won't
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
|Her position as a young adults' writer who addresses difficult subjects (mostly difficult for adults) has made Judy Blume a target of censorship, and active against it as a result. In 1999, Blume reminded us that the problem of censorship still exists by publishing this collection of essays and stories by censored writers, including an introduction about her own experiences with censorship and offering ways for readers to take action against it.|
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