Judy Blume: The Tween Queen

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on October 9, 2008

Who hasn’t from their elementary school to middle school career picked up a Judy Blume book at least once? Or had their teacher read it to the class. My 4th grade class was a very strict, almost evil teacher, but she did do one thing that I found to show a side that wasn’t angry: read the class Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. I laughed so hard when listening to that story and I’m pretty sure that was the only time I laughed all year.

Judy Blume didn’t just set out to give us funny stories, but stories set in that tenuous age of middle school, not know for an ease of transition into young adulthood. She addressed some big issues at a 4th grade reading level: racism, masturbation, menstruation, teen sex, bullies and divorce. Some serious topics for ages as young as 10 and as old as 14.

If you can’t remember those books from back then, here’s a refresher list that just might jump start some memories:

Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret.

Superfudge

Freckle Juice

Blubber

Otherwise Known as Shelia the Great

Deenie

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