Books by Judy Blume

GOING, GOING, GONE! WITH THE PAIN & THE GREAT ONE by Judy Blume
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

First- and third-graders Jake and Abigail alternate as narrators to describe a series of trips: boogie boarding at the beach, riding the Gravitron at an amusement park, visiting the emergency room, losing each other in the mall and canoeing the Everglades. Read full book review >

COOL ZONE WITH THE PAIN & THE GREAT ONE by Judy Blume
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 13, 2008

Jake and Abigail, Blume's ever-sparring siblings, return with six new stories filled with laughter, provocation and, most of all, affectionate loyalty. Read full book review >

SOUPY SATURDAYS WITH THE PAIN & THE GREAT ONE by Judy Blume
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 28, 2007

Once again, Blume shows off her pitch-perfect understanding of childhood anxieties and family dynamics. Read full book review >

DOUBLE FUDGE by Judy Blume
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

Fudge Hatcher and his friends are back in the fifth installment of Blume's popular series. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Readers will come away with an appreciation for every writer's struggle, and the realization that at one time or another, all of their favorite authors have come into the censor's sights. (Fiction. 12+)"
YA writers Norma Fox Mazer, Julius Lester, Rachel Vail, Katherine Paterson, Jacqueline Woodson, Harry Mazer, Walter Dean Myers, Susan Beth Pfeffer, David Klass, Paul Zindel, Chris Lynch, and Norma Klein contribute a short story and brief essay on censorship to this collection. Read full book review >
SUMMER SISTERS by Judy Blume
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 1998

The years pass by at a fast and steamy clip in Blume's latest adult novel (Wifey, not reviewed; Smart Women, 1984) as two friends find loyalties and affections tested as they grow into young women. Read full book review >

HERE'S TO YOU, RACHEL ROBINSON by Judy Blume
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Blume returns to the trio of seventh graders introduced in Just as Long as We're Together (1987), where Stephanie's narration was colored by her parents' new separation. Read full book review >

FUDGE-A-MANIA by Judy Blume
Released: Jan. 1, 1990

"The story's a bit tame (no controversies here), but often amusingly true to life and with enough comic episodes to satisfy fans."
A well-loved author brings together, on a Maine vacation, characters from two of her books. Read full book review >
JUST AS LONG AS WE'RE TOGETHER by Judy Blume
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1987

"Light; sure to please."
The popular author returns to the junior-high age with an episodic story about a three-way friendship during a seventh-grade year. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1986

"She will reward her fans both young and old with this approach and win legions of new adherents to boot."
From the thousands of letters she's received, the author has selected those best suited to illustrating what bothers kids the most. Read full book review >
THE PAIN AND THE GREAT by Irene  Trivas
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1984

"And if anyone can remove the picture-book onus, it's Blume—so this back-to-back confrontation, illustrated in the same waggish spirit, should garner appreciative recognition."
How two jealous siblings feel about one another—starting with a third-grader's gripes about her first-grade brother, the Pain. Read full book review >
SMART WOMEN by Judy Blume
Released: Feb. 22, 1983

"But, like Blume's previous "adult" novel Wifey, this has enough glossy anguish to pull in her readership—with trendy-soap appeal to adolescents of all ages."
In her popular books for young people, Blume has often worked empathically within a teen frame of reference; and here, though the prime focus is on the highs and histrionics of a trio of 40-ish, divorced professional women in Boulder, Colorado, it's their kids whose common-denominator fears and angers ring true. Read full book review >
TIGER EYES by Judy Blume
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1982

Blume's latest novel begins like many of her personalized, single-problem scenarios, with 15-year-old Davey's father shot to death by robbers at his 7-Eleven store in Atlantic City. Read full book review >
SUPERFUDGE by Judy Blume
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 15, 1980

"Uncle Feather (that's Fudge's pet myna bird), reads like a breeze, and bubbles with fourth-grade-level humor."
In Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (1972), Peter Hatcher's amusing tales were really all about his two-and-a-half-year-old brother Fudge. Read full book review >
STARRING SALLY J. FREEDMAN AS HERSELF by Judy Blume
FICTION
Released: April 4, 1977

"The result, if seductive, is minimally satisfying."
Ten years old in 1947, Sally has to spend the winter in a Florida apartment with her mother, grandmother (Ma Fanny) and older brother Douglas, whose doctor has ordered the stay while he recuperates from nephritis. Read full book review >
FOREVER... by Judy Blume
Released: Oct. 20, 1975

Increasingly Judy Blume's books center on single topics and the topic here, as pronounced in the first sentence, is getting laid. Read full book review >
BLUBBER by Judy Blume
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1974

Egged on by ringleader Wendy, Jill is right in there with the rest of her fifth grade class persecuting chubby Linda, who is nicknamed Blubber after she gives an oral report on the whale. Read full book review >
DEENIE by Judy Blume
FICTION
Released: Sept. 17, 1973

Like John Neufeld (see Freddy's Book, KR, p. 817, J-269), Judy Blume seems to be growing impatient with fictional considerations and more preoccupied with her bibliotherapeutic themes — which is not to deny that this could hit a responsive nerve with her body-centered early adolescent readers. Read full book review >
OTHERWISE KNOWN AS SHEILA THE GREAT by Judy Blume
FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 1972

"To identify with as it is to laugh at."
It comes as something of a surprise to learn that Sheila Tubman, Peter Hatchet's feisty companion from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (p. 134, J-38) is secretly afraid of dogs, spiders, bees, water, the dark and strange noises. Read full book review >
IT'S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD by Judy Blume
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 24, 1972

"All of this is told in the first person without solemnity or forced comfort, and Ms. Blume's sharp sketches of 12-year-old quirks and concerns will hold even those who don't share Karen's problem."
. . . though for a while it seems that way to 12-year-old Karen Newman whose parents are in the process of getting a divorce. Read full book review >
TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING by Judy Blume
FICTION
Released: March 23, 1972

"Yet the absence of any palpable jealousy or anger in Peter's reportage causes it to degenerate into a series of momentarily amusing anecdotes, and, if not exactly a nothing, Peter is considerably less than might have been expected from the author of Then Again, Maybe I Won't (1971)."
Nine-year-old Peter Warren Hatcher has resigned himself to losing the battle of sibling rivalry; his two-and-a-half-year-old brother Fudge manages to get all the attention — upstaging Peter in front of his father's business associates, ruining the poster he has made for a school project, getting lost at the movies and (the unkindest cut of all) swallowing his pet turtle. Read full book review >
THEN AGAIN, MAYBE I WON'T by Judy Blume
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 18, 1971

"MPSLUGMRS Blume's treatment of the boy's big and little problems is refreshingly light and undemanding, and the fact that they are not magically resolved adds to their likelihood and recognition."
When Mr. Miglione's invention of electrical cartridges wins him an executive job in Queens, the family moves from Jersey City (where they "stood an line for the bathroom") to an impressive house on Long Island. Read full book review >
ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET. by Judy Blume
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1970

"Which raises the last question: of a satirical stance in lieu of a perspective."
The comical longings of little girls who want to be big girls — exercising to the chant of "We must — we must — increase our bust!" — and the wistful longing of Margaret, who talks comfortably to God, for a religion, come together as her anxiety to be normal, which is natural enough in sixth grade. Read full book review >
IGGIE'S HOUSE by Judy Blume
FICTION
Released: April 13, 1970

"Occasionally forced (Mrs. Landon's crude tactics, Clarice's very name), loose though not slack—in fact evanescent except for the rueful truth."
Iggie's cosmopolitan family is off to Tokyo and Winnie knew they'd sell to someone interesting—but her welcome to the Negro Garbers ('Detroit! Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1969

"In the context, a quick change — and the green kangaroo might as well be a purple cow for all it has to do with anything else."
Outshined by big brother Mike and outshouted by little sister Ellen, Freddy is "a great big middle nothing" until he solos as the Green Kangaroo in the school play and finds himself by being in the spotlight. Read full book review >