Search Results: "Judy Blume"


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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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HERE'S TO YOU, RACHEL ROBINSON by Judy Blume
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A good, solid, working-the-family-problem story, with sure appeal for fans. (Fiction. 11-14)"
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 >

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BLUBBER by Judy Blume
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1974

"Judy Blume presents the scenes of viciousness (the girls forcing a chocolate ant down Linda's throat or making her show the boys her underpants) without commentary and young readers will be appalled long before Jill exhibits any qualms — while enjoying, as usual, those indelicacies like farts and nose picking which only strengthen their general conviction that this author writes directly to them."
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 >

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DEENIE by Judy Blume
FICTION
Released: Sept. 17, 1973

"Instead of giving Deenie any personality or independent existence beyond her malady, the author throws in the subtopic of masturbation — Deenie likes to touch her 'special place' to get 'that good feeling,' and is relieved when the gym teacher tells the class it's okay — which only makes the story's hygienic slant more pronounced."
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >