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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

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by Judy Blume

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Margaret shares her secrets and her spirituality in this iconic Judy Blume novel, beloved by millions, that now has a fresh new look.

Margaret Simon, almost twelve, likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain, and things that are pink. She’s just moved from New York City to Farbook, New Jersey, and is anxious to fit in with her new friends—Nancy,


Margaret shares her secrets and her spirituality in this iconic Judy Blume novel, beloved by millions, that now has a fresh new look.

Margaret Simon, almost twelve, likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain, and things that are pink. She’s just moved from New York City to Farbook, New Jersey, and is anxious to fit in with her new friends—Nancy, Gretchen, and Janie. When they form a secret club to talk about private subjects like boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret is happy to belong.

But none of them can believe Margaret doesn’t have religion, and that she isn’t going to the Y or the Jewish Community Center. What they don’t know is Margaret has her own very special relationship with God. She can talk to God about everything—family, friends, even Moose Freed, her secret crush.

Margaret is funny and real, and her thoughts and feelings are oh-so-relatable—you’ll feel like she’s talking right to you, sharing her secrets with a friend.

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
Margaret Simon is starting sixth grade in a new school in a new state. She and her parents have just moved from New York City to a suburb in New Jersey. Margaret is not too happy about all this. For one thing, the move has taken her away from her grandmother, Sylvia Simon, who is her biggest fan. Chapter one begins with Margaret talking to God. She tells God how scared she is to be facing all these changes. Throughout the book, Margaret talks to God in a very open and spontaneous way. Although she talks to God, Margaret does not belong to any one religion. Her parents were both raised in different faiths and their marriage created problems for their extended families. So they decided to let Margaret make her own decision about joining a religion when she gets older. This is an issue for Margaret in the suburbs because it seems that all the kids she meets are either Christian or Jewish. Margaret also worries about being liked by her classmates. She soon meets a girl named Nancy, and becomes part of her group. The girls are obsessed with boys and bodily changes. They are curious in a healthy way about how they will change from girls to teenagers. Female readers will identify with Margaret and relate to the things she worries about during her sixth grade year. Although this book was originally published in 1970, the issues Margaret deals with are timely for today's girls on the verge of adolescence. Readers will laugh with Margaret. It will be easy for girls to imagine themselves in Margaret's world because it is a realistic one. She experiences a wide range of emotions, all of which will strike a chord with readers. 2004 (orig. 1970), Dell Yearling/Random House, Ages 10 to 14.
—Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret is Judy Blume's account of what it is like to be an almost 12-year-old girl whose greatest desire is just to be normal. The novel is honest and forthright. Margaret Simon worries that she doesn't have anything to fill her bra, that she will be the last girl in her group of friends to start menstruating, that she just won't fit in. And to compound things, she has no religion, so she can't join either the Jewish Community Center or the Protestant Youth Center in her new neighborhood. This recorded version of Margaret's conversations with God, her parents, friends and us, the audience, is even more authentic than the book. Laura Hamilton's reading captures Margaret's anxiety in her conversations with God, her indignation in some conversations with her parents, and her enthusiasm and vulnerability in conversations with her friends. She can emphasize the girls' fixation with the pronunciation of new words in their life, as well as Margaret's pain when she is forced to cancel her planned holiday visit to Florida to see her much loved grandmother. Listeners seem to be co-conspirators, sympathetic friends, and always important members of Margaret's entourage. This conversational story is well-served here.Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Washington, DC
Children's Literature - Anne Pechnyo
Blume’s classic, originally published in 1970, is reissued with a new cover. Margaret Simon is eleven years old, going on twelve, and has to tackle all of the challenges that come with moving from New York City to a New Jersey suburb. Margaret begins to talk to God about her problems, the main one being her desire to be viewed by her new peers as “normal.” However, this seems to compound her problems even more, since she talks to God but is not a part of an organized religion like all of her classmates. Margaret joins a group of girls, and learns lessons about boys, bodily changes, and friendship along the way. Margaret narrates the story, with her thoughts to God italicized throughout the book, always beginning with: “Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret.” Readers today will still relate to Margaret, and will sympathize with and support her throughout the story. Lauren Rille designed the new jacket to look like Margaret is texting God and awaiting a response, and the jacket illustrations are by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. This story remains a classic for adolescent girls. Reviewer: Anne Pechnyo; Ages 8 to 12.

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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9 - 12 Years

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Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret. We’re moving today. I’m so scared God. I’ve never lived anywhere but here. Suppose I hate my new school? Suppose everybody there hates me? Please help me God. Don’t let New Jersey be too horrible. Thank you.

We moved on the Tuesday before Labor Day. I knew what the weather was like the second I got up. I knew because I caught my mother sniffing under her arms. She always does that when it’s hot and humid, to make sure her deodorant’s working. I don’t use deodorant yet. I don’t think people start to smell bad until they’re at least twelve. So I’ve still got a few months to go.
I was really surprised when I came home from camp and found out our New York apartment had been rented to another family and that we owned a house in Farbrook, New Jersey. First of all I never even heard of Farbrook. And second of all, I’m not usually left out of important family decisions.
But when I groaned, “Why New Jersey?” I was told, “Long Island is too social-Westchester is too expensive-and Connecticut is too inconvenient.”
So Farbrook, New Jersey it was, where my father could commute to his job in Manhattan, where I could go to public school, and where my mother could have all the grass, trees and flowers she ever wanted. Except I never knew she wanted that stuff in the first place.
The new house is on Morningbird Lane. It isn’t bad. It’s part brick, part wood. Also, there is a very nice brass knocker. Every house on our new street looks a lot the same. They are all seven years old. Soare the trees.
I think we left the city because of my grandmother, Sylvia Simon. I can’t figure out any other reason for the move. Especially since my mother says Grandma is too much of an influence on me. It’s no big secret in our family that Grandma sends me to summer camp in New Hampshire. And that she enjoys paying my private school tuition (which she won’t be able to do any more because now I’ll be going to public school). She even knits me sweaters that have labels sewed inside saying MADE EXPRESSLY FOR YOU…BY GRANDMA.
And she doesn’t do all that because we’re poor. I know for a fact that we’re not. I mean, we aren’t rich but we certainly have enough. Especially since I’m an only child. That cuts way down on food and clothes. I know this family that has seven kids and every time they go to the shoe store it costs a bundle. My mother and father didn’t plan for me to be an only child, but that’s the way it worked out, which is fine with me because this way I don’t have anybody around to fight.
Anyhow, I figure this house-in-New-Jersey business is my parents’ way of getting me away from Grandma. She doesn’t have a car, she hates buses and she thinks all trains are dirty. So unless Grandma plans to walk, which is unlikely, I won’t be seeing much of her. Now some kids might think, who cares about seeing a grandmother? But Sylvia Simon is a lot of fun, considering her age, which I happen to know is sixty. The only problem is she’s always asking me if I have boyfriends and if they’re Jewish. Now that is ridiculous because number one I don’t have boyfriends. And number two what would I care if they’re Jewish or not?

Copyright 1991 by Judy Blume

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

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

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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 685 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am just starting sixth grade and my mom suggested this book. I read it in two days and I absolutely love it. I reccomend it for all girls from ages 11 to 100!!!You can really relate to all of the troubles that Margaret goes through.
bookowl828 More than 1 year ago
TIMELESS CLASSIC! The last time I read this book, I was a child. I recently re-read several Judy Blume books. As an adult, this book still touched my heart and I still took something away from it having been able to see it as an adult. Worth the read no matter what your age!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent classic that I read in fourth grade. Two years later, I feel the urge to encourage people to pick up this heartwarming book. Margret discovers who she really is. If you enjoy self enpowerment, get it. If not, don't. Sincerely, A sixth grade bookworm.
WizLighter1901 More than 1 year ago
I admit that at first the only reason I got this book was like the main character my name is Margaret. But, after reading the whole book, cover to cover, I actually really liked it. Sure at points you can sense the awkwardness of it but besides that it was a fun read, and good to force on your friends.
WhatDreamsAreMadeOf More than 1 year ago
When I was younger before I read this I was nervous about it and didn¿t know how good it would be or if it would be an uncomfortable book to read. But this book surprised me and ended up being a fantastic book, Judy Blume has never written a book I didn¿t like. This is one of those books every girl should read VERY VERY VERY relatable and helpful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book about religion and growing up. ONLY GIRLS SHOULD READ THIS! BOYS, STAY AWAY!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER!!!!! IT IS SOOOO GREAT!!!!! For any girl who wants to learn more about friends, your body, and religion. Judy please write a second Margaret book. I about died when you cut the book off like that. I wanted to know what happens to her next year and while she's at camp.AMAZING READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book over 30 years ago, and my 11 year old, who has had a really hard time warming up to reading just finished it and absolutely loved it!! She is searching for other books to read that she can relate to as well as she did this one!! I saw her attitude toward reading do a complete flip-flop. I recall loving this book and being totally involved in the character of Margaret. Having gone to a catholic elementary school, I connected to the prayer focus in the book quite well. This is definitely a book for us all to pass on to our preteen girls who have such a hard time with life today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect for a pre teen. I am going into 6 th grade and this is a great book. You can really relate to what happens. Yah boys dont read this it is q great book for GIRLS ONLY !!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly loved this book, because a Margaret is growing up and trying to figure where she belongs. I throughly enjoyed how the story was told. I would definitely recommend this to my friends.
AuthorChanChan More than 1 year ago
Are you there God ?It's me,Margaret is a Great book !It is about growing up too fast fro Margaret who start growing up when she joins a club.She soon wants a bra and too be a women.Margaret finds out her best friend is a lier about her period.When all this is going on ,only in sixth grade for a girl.Margaret and all the girls start to like the same boy!Soon Margaret gets to dance with him and a Kiss!!!!!!!!She lied to her friends about making -up with him too!This book is a one-night read !Great for a 12 year old girl who is now a pre-teen !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every girl should read this book
LexAB More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for preteens. I'm twenty now and I still remember reading this book in the 5th grade and being able to relate to so much that Margaret went through. I laughed out loud to this book when I was younger because it's freakin hilarious. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dear Mrs. Blume this is one of the best books in the world ever sense i just finished it i wanted to read it again and again and AGAIN!!!
alexa_mireya More than 1 year ago
I read this in middle school and it was the most adorable book ever!! I loved it and could totally relate to the things faced growing up as a changing female.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Judy blume is a great authur. I can really relate to margaret and i finshed this book in a day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey this really is a good book for girls who havent had their period yet. I can totally relate to ALL of u girls who really want to have ur period. When i was ur girls' age, every time i would go to the bathroom i would check for anything. Sometimes i would put toilet paper in my bras just to see what it would look like to have big boobs. Just a little warning for u girls though and im trying to help u not destroy ur dreams or ur wants. And pls trust me because i am fourteen and a half and i know this stuff.when i was ten eleven and twelve and a half i use to stuff my bras. Not my best choice. After u look in the mirror when u have just stuffed ur bras ur brain is only telling u that it looks good. In reality ppl can tell if u have stuffed ur bras. Also when u get into high school ppl will know and say things behind ur back that would hurt u. I dont stuff and wont again. Also if and when u girls get a boyfriend it will really disappoint them when they fidnd out ( and they will find out some way or another) u stuff ur bras. Just a little bit of older sisterly help and love there. Another thing. Having ur period is wonderful, exciting, and awsome... when u first get it. Yes, it means that u r transforming into a women and it makes u feel older. I have been there and have done that. Sometimes i am still happy that i had that feeling when i first had my period ( which was when i was thirteen, seventh grade going into eighth grade. Actually on the presidents birthday :p) But now that i have been having it every single month its not that great. Well, the worst of it is the cramps. I once went to bed moaning it hurt soooo badly. Also pads r super uncomfortable. Ive never used a tampon but apparently they hurt going in the first couple of times. Also having to worry about changing every four hpurs or so. U so have to worry about if u can see the pad through ur pants cause it is bulky. U also have to worry about carrying the pads/tampons around without all the guys seeing ot in school or... where ever. But thats when u get o start carrying around a purse and thats another good thing. U get to carry around a purse. Well all im saying is that having ur period and the feeling of growing up is wonderful. It just has those tiny flaws.im just telling what to expect. So go ahead and feel that joy when u see that stain in ur panties. Just remember that with that stain comes some dreadful times but also some good ones. I wish the best for all u girls who are waiting for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book for my birthday and i enjoyed it. I like how the author uses margaret to tell us how hard life can be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BUY THE BOOK!!! It will be worth it. Im in 7th grade and read it in one day. I keep reading it over and over!! Its worth it!! Buy it. Do it. Dare ya.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is wonderful!!!!!!!!! I am 11 years old and LOVED it! In this book a girl named margret joins a new club with some other girls and they talk about girls in growing. Margret is worried she will be the last to grow! This book is great for ages 9-13! I wouldn't recomend this book under 9! Read this book to find out how margret gets through these hard times for all girls.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THE best book i have ever read for 12-19 year olds !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mom bought me this book because she wanted me to know about stuff... but i ended up loving it i read it over 3 times now i can't find it (it's not on my nook) i think she took it lol thos is the best book for kids going into middle school or are on their last year of elementary. Love it soooo much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome if your a girl and ur religious. I do not reccomend this for boys
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl who is in sixth grade and has moved to New Jersey from New York. Margaret has started in puberty, and is eager to start menstruating. Also, she joins up in a club that has only three rules: #1: you have to tell when you've started menstruating (gross!) and also tell what it's like. #2: you have to have a 'boy book' with you at all times. A 'boy book' is a notebook that has names of boys you like in the order of the boy you most like to the boy you like, but the boy you like the least. Lastly, #3: you can only meet on Mondays, with the exception of emergency meetings. Overall, it was a supremely satisfying book, with all the twists and turns of actual life. That is why I enjoyed the book so much!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Judy Blumes Are you there God? Its Me,Margaret is a great book for young girls becoming mature women. I read this book when i was 11 and now i am 14 and i have to read the book again for a project in health. Now that i read it i laugh at everything in the book because it sounds just like me and my friends talking when we were younger. Read the book if you havent gotten your first bra or period yet it will totally show you your not alone. Read it with your mom too or tell her about it beacsue it will help your mom show you the ropes of being a young women. I LOVED THIS BOOK!