Judy Blume

Author Study - by Cole Wilson

Judy Blume was born on February 12, 1938 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She is Jewish. She spent her childhood making up stories in her head.  She went to college at New York University. She first got married in 1959. She has a son, a daughter, and a step-daughter. She started writing when her children were in pre-school, and she published her first book in 1969 - "The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo."  She is a writer of fiction for children and adults. Judy Blume is one of the best loved authors of children's books. She has won more than 90 awards for the books she has written.

List of books written by Judy Blume

Quotes by Judy Blume

--"The best books come from someplace inside. You don't write because you want to, but because you have to."

--"Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear."

--"The best books come from someplace inside. You don't write because you want to, but because you have to."

Judy Blume

Book review of "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing"

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is a story about Peter Hatcher, who is 9 years old, and his little brother, Fudge, who is two years old and soon to turn three.  The story takes place in New York, where their family lives. Peter's biggest problem is his little brother Farley Drexel Hatcher, who makes his life miserable. Peter feels that Fudge always gets his way, always has temper tantrums, and messes up everything that he sees. In the book, Fudge swallows Peter's turtle and everyone goes crazy and they have to go to the hospital. Fudge has to take medicine and stay in the hospital until the turtle comes out. Peter feels like he hates his little brother because of his bad behavior, and because he swallowed his pet turtle, and of course, the turtle died. To make it up to Peter, their parents buy them a dog, which Peter names "Turtle." Peter thinks that Fudge is the cause of all of his problems, but he realizes when Fudge is in the hospital that he actually does love Fudge very much, even though he is an annoying little brother.

I really liked this book because it was funny and interesting to read. I could see the things happening in the book as I read it, which made me laugh. I also liked it because I realized that I am not as annoying to my big sister as Fudge is to his big brother. I would recommend this book to everyone and I am very glad that my mom recommended it to me.

Book review of "Blubber"

Blubber is a really good book about bullying. The story takes place in Pennsylvania.  The main characters are a bunch of fifth graders in Mrs. Minish's class:  Jill, Wendy, Caroline and Linda.  Wendy is the main bully, and Jill and Caroline basically follow whatever Wendy wants to do. Linda is not pretty, she is awkward and overweight. She does a book presentation about whales and she talks about blubber - and then everyone gives her the nickname "Blubber." Jill, Wendy and Caroline are popular girls but they are mean girls, and they are the biggest bullies in the class. They do bad things to Linda, such as trying to take her clothes off in the girl's locker room, and make her say out loud that she is "Blubber-the smelly whale of class 206". When Jill finally realizes that they have gone too far in the bullying of Linda and she stands up to Wendy, Wendy gets really angry and turns the whole class against Jill. Then, even Linda takes part in bullying Jill. In the end, Jill tries to turn Wendy and Caroline against each other and make them not be friends anymore, and Jill reaches out to make friends with a new girl in class named Rochelle.

I liked the book Blubber because I feel like it taught me a good lesson about bullying, and about how words can really hurt your feelings. My mom read this book when she was around my age and she really liked it and I am very glad that she suggested that I read it. I would recommend this book to kids my age and  older because bullying can happen at any age, and this book can help you understand how serious bullying is.

Book review of Iggie's House

Iggie's House is a book about being prejudiced against people because of the color of their skin. The main character is Winnie, who is a tomboy and it takes place during the summer before she is about to start 6th grade. She lives on Grove Street in New Jersey. Her best friend, Iggie just moved away to Tokyo, and a new family moves into Iggie's house. The Garber family is from Detroit, Michigan, and they are black. Winnie does her best to try to be a "good neighbor" and make friends with them and their 3 kids, Glen, Herbie, and Tina. But other people in the neighborhood are very unhappy about a black family moving to their street, and they think that that means other black families will move there too.  Mrs. Landon is a racist neighbor who wants the Garbers to move out, so she puts a sign in their yard that says "Go back where you belong. We don't want your kind around here." People in the neighborhood even signed a petition to show how much they wanted the Garbers to sell the house and move away and not live on their "all white" street anymore. Winnie is very upset that her neighbors are trying to make the Garber family leave, and she is very upset that her mom is one of the people who don't want the Garbers living on their street. Finally, when Mrs. Landon sees that she couldn't force the Garber family to leave, she sells her own house and moves away.

I really liked this book, but it made me feel sad inside. I felt bad for the Garber family because they moved into a neighborhood where everyone was white, and they were being judged by the color of their skin. I don't like racism and prejudice, but I understand it because I am Jewish and people in my family have been treated unfairly and meanly because of our religion.

I think that Judy Blume is a very good writer. I have many of her books, and I plan to read all that I have, and many more on the list.  She seems to really care about writing about things that kids need help understanding, which I think is pretty cool. She even has her own website, which is http://judyblume.com/home.php.

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