I think in many ways my second elementary and middle school teacher leaped through the pages of books like "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret," "Forever," and "It's Not the End of the World, Just As Long As We're Together." Sure I had a classroom teacher,but as the student who always hurried up and got my work done and headed into a book at my desk soon after an assignment was completed, I spent just as much time with my librarian and Judy Blume as I did with Mrs. Smith, and my other teachers. And as far as life learning, Judy gave me as many lessons and take-home messages about relevant topics that I would use much sooner than the history of China and recorder-playing. She was real about hard teenage topics and allowed communication of them without the awkward face-to-face contact of fifth grade health class. She was also delivering her messages without the preachy undertones about social acceptability and allowed readers to develop their own ideas about what society often deemed as taboo topics. She made me feel ok thinking about adolescence and seemed to answer my questions before I formulated them and those which I would have been too afraid to ask aloud and in person. In fact, for many years I planned to grow up and follow in her footsteps as a writer. I think all parents should read her books and if they agree with the messages in them (the messages are acceptable to their religion, perspective, etc), they should encourage their own children to read and wrestle with the issues of adolescence before they need to. Ms. Blume's books can be the icebreaker if questions still remain unanswered or are prompted by her texts, but often they answer and open more doors to the unknown world of puberty, and allow a comforting insight to the often confusing years that are adolescence for many teen girls.
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Jun 18, 2010
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Judy Blume is an Americanauthor. She has written many novels for children and young adults which have exceeded sales of 80 million and been translated into 31 languages. Blume's novels for children and teenagers were among the first to tackle such controversial matters as racism (Iggie's House), menstruation (Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.), divorce (It's Not the End of the World, Just As Long As We're Together), bullying (Blubber), masturbation (Deenie; Then Again, Maybe I Won't) and teen sex (Forever), and as such have been the source of controversy over the appropriateness of such topics for her middle school audience.She is married with two children and a stepchild.