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It's Not the End of the World

It's Not the End of the World

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by Judy Blume

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Karen couldn't tell Mrs. Singer why she had to have her Viking diorama out of the sixthgrade showcase. She felt like yelling, To keep my parents from getting divorced. But she couldn't say it, and the whole class was looking at her anyway.

Karen's world was ending. Her father had moved out of the house weeks before; now he was going to Las Vegas to get


Karen couldn't tell Mrs. Singer why she had to have her Viking diorama out of the sixthgrade showcase. She felt like yelling, To keep my parents from getting divorced. But she couldn't say it, and the whole class was looking at her anyway.

Karen's world was ending. Her father had moved out of the house weeks before; now he was going to Las Vegas to get divorced and her mother was pleased! She had only a few days to get the two of them together in the same room. Maybe, if she could, they would just forget about the divorce. Then the Newman family could be its old self again — maybe. But Karen knew something she didn't know last winter: that sometimes people who shouldn't be apart are impossible together.

So she felt like yelling at Mrs. Singer. And then Mrs. Singer did a surprising thing....

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 - Sylvia Firth
Sixth grader Karen Newman is desperate to get her family back together in spite of the fact that her parents are getting a divorce. Her older brother, Jeff, is dealing with the situation by spending almost all of his time alone in his room. Little sister Amy is totally confused and upset. Karen cannot confide in her best friend Debbie because she is so embarrassed and bewildered. She keeps trying to come up with ways to reunite her parents even though her dad has moved out of the house. While visiting her father in his apartment one Sunday, she meets Val Lewis who, with her own divorced mother, lives in the same building. Over time Val helps Karen come to terms with the fact that her family will not go back to what it once was. Karen also comes to accept that she is still loved by both parents but that they no longer can remain married. This is a reissue of the book originally published in 1972 and despite some dated material; it remains an excellent tool for youngsters (especially girls) who are facing divorce in their own families. Purchase is suggested. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth; Ages 8 to 12.

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Random House Publishing Group
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9 - 12 Years

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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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It's Not the End of the World 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'It's Not the End of the World' is a very good book!! I hate reading, but once I read this book,I love reading. I read this book in 4 hours!! If you don't like reading or can't find a book for you you might read this one!! You will love it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have you ever had an argument with your mom or dad? Have you ever heard them argue about just everything? Have you ever felt like giving up on everything, especially love because you are afraid that your relationship might end up like your parents? Especially if they don't get along? In Its Not the End of the World by Judy Blume a young girl name Karen Newman sees her mom and dad argue everyday and sometimes her parents take out there anger on her and her brothers and sister. They never have a decent dinner because it's ruined by her mom getting jealous because of her dad. Her little sister locks herself in her room not wanting to know anything about anyone, she only goes out her room to talk to her dad. Her brother just acts weird. He blames her for their problems and he wishes that he would just leave that house and never come back. He locks himself in his room and doesn't care about anyone either. But deep inside him really cares about them but like a man never shows a tear. This girl faces many challenges and she eventually gets through life and through it all. She is strong tries very hard to never show any kind of emotion because she doesn't want her little brother and sister to worry about it. Blum does a great job at making her point, in any book that she writes. This book was an emotional ride but maybe because I could relate, in a way. It's also because it's not so fantasy-ish its a reality like situation. And with all the reality drama going on the imagery ends up being well painted in you head. You know how things might turn out but its still pulls you in. Blume used a little harsh language not to bad just a little so you can feel how serious their situation is and I think that's a very important technique that she used. I give this book one thumb up its great but it's not wow! I recommend this book to people who want to pass by time. It's simple but entertaining. I also recommend for people who are looking for a quick lesson on life. This gives you a quick smooth reality check
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Parents divorced when I was 2 so as I grew up I had to go through 12 years of not having a dad. I read this book and relized I was not the only person who went through that.Even though the main character is a fictional person she tought me that it really is not the end of the world going through a divorce. (my dad is back as of last year!!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really good! I just enjoy every book i read by judy blume. I am 11 years old and have read this book and Are You There God It's Me, Margret and I liked that book just as much!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book...a lot! it deals with not such a perfect family.It is about a girl, and her parents are getting a divorce. She trys to get them back together with the help of her grandfather..but she learns a lesson that she will never forget... (even if your parents arn't divorced, it is still a good book to read and to see what other people are going through)share it with people you know...and tell them to consider reading it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What would you do if your parents were about to get divorced? Can you imagine having everything fall apart just because of them? In Judy Blume¿s book, It¿s Not the End of the World, this is what happens to Karen! In this book all Karen¿s parents do is¿ fight. They have never gotten along with each other about anything. Karen has decided that she will never get married. Karen has a sister and a brother. One day while they are at a restaurant with their grandparents and their mom, her brother goes to the bathroom and SUDDENLY disappears! Karen and her sister Amy, think that he did it on purpose so that their parents can get back together. Meanwhile, her dad moves into an apartment. She meets a girl named Val there. Her parents are already divorced. She gives her some tips about how to not to be depressed while this happens. Her dad has to go to Las Vegas in order to get this done. I was immediately drawn into the world of this interesting book. Not even one part of this book was boring. I liked it because you can put yourself into the character¿s shoes. I would recommend this book to people who like realistic fiction books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its Not The End Of The World was a very good book for the ages 9-12.It is a very good book if you are in the same situation.Its about a girl who are parent are getting a divorce and she shares her feelings. And there are a few surprises along the way
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its great for a tween girl like me!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Karen¿s parents have always argued, and recently they¿ve been getting worse. But when her father doesn¿t come home and her mother announces that they¿re going to get a divorce. It seems as if Karen¿s whole world is falling apart. Her brother, Jeff blames there mom and runs away. Her little sister, Amy asks impossible questions and is afraid that everyone she loves is going to leave. Karen will try anything to bring her parents back together, get sick or run away. But she learns that when Jeff runs away her parents keep on arguing and yelling constantly blaming whose fault it is that Jeff ran away. In the end she realizes that nothing will get her parents back together and that a divorce isn¿t the end of the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great book for people that parents got divoreced you learn how it feels and what else goes wrong.Some things in life are not perfect and her life isnt. In the book all she wants is someone to talk to and she cant turn to anyone. If u thiink ur life is bad read about karen and jeff and amy who r going through divorce and are lost and confused.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say I love this book. When I was younger my parents stuggled to be together. I read this book at least four times and loved it each time. I felt I knew Karen. Luckily 20 years down the road my parents are still together, but I will always remember this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At the exact time I was in the middle of reading this book, my parents were seperating, this book made me realize how good i got it than others. Now i know how much i have to appreciate my life no matter how bad it turns out. I LOVE THIS BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl who's parents are going to divorce and would do anything to stop them.How could her parents do this? Somehow she has to get her parent to love each other more now more than ever. Soon they'll realize divorce was a big mistake- won't they.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this book.... it's a great book i decided to read this book because i had my own experiences with moms and dads fighting and this book really made me think divorce isn't he end of the world......
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't surprised when i read this book. I read it in a day and a half becuase it was so interesting. This can be a book for children of all ages. The promblems were realistic and truthful. Judy Blume is a wonderful author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'It's not the end of the World,' by Judy Blume is one of her very bests. It's for children of all ages. Karen Newman, the main character, just found out her parents are getting divorced and does not take it very well. She feels like her family is falling apart and no one else cares including her annoying little sister Amy. So, she comes up with a plan to get her parents back together. If you want to find out what Karens going through you must read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the book ¿It¿s Not The End Of The World¿ By: Judy Blume is a superior book for all children who have divorced / separated parents because it talks about how you have to just deal with it. If you try your hardest to get them back together you have to remember they got divorced / separated for a reason and maybe your plan to get them back together will back fire on you. Once I started reading this book I couldn¿t put it down. I recommend more people should read the book ¿It¿s Not The End Of The World¿ By: Judy Blume.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a project, and I thought it would be extremely boring, but when I read it I liked it so much that it didnt feel like work at all!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great book for children who suffered a divorce.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the perfect tween book. It has both a comedy,sad and adventerous side to it. I recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U are my favorite author because i like your books because u are really really good your fudge books really good
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You should by this it's amazing I never loved a book so much before I read the hard cover book from school and I think people should read this wonderful story.
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