Search Results: "Judy Blume"


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 >

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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 >

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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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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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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 >

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IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT by Judy Blume
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Though it doesn't feel much like an adult novel, this book will be welcomed by any Blume fan who can handle three real tragedies and a few four-letter words."
A beloved author returns with a novel built around a series of real-life plane crashes in her youth. Read full book review >

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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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SUMMER SISTERS by Judy Blume
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 1998

"The dark and light sides of friendship breathlessly explored in a novel best saved for summer beachside reading."
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >