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Dear Judy, "Are you there, God? It's me, Margaret" was a lifeline to me growing up. My single-parent mom never spoke to me about things such as your book did. Will you please tell me why one version has 149 pages and another 160? Also, I'm thinking about spending my entire savings to purchase an original 1970, 1st edition of the book and it supposedly has your signature on it, but I've no way to verify it. I wish I could include an attachment here to show you a photo of what's supposed to be your signature. I had a 1970 copy when I was younger, but I literally wore the pages out reading it. Can't tell you what this book STILL means to me (I'm 50 now) and the thought of having your signature on it just means so much....almost puts tears in my eyes just thinking of it. I saw your FB page, but there's no way to message you or post the photo. As I said, it would take my entire savings (it's being sold for $2,000), but I can't even begin to put into words what it would mean to me to have it. Is there any way I can show you the photo? I wouldn't know how else to authenticate it. Thank you for calming some of my concerns through this book when I was so very young and so very alone. I didn't have a lot of friends because we were very poor, and I had even less family. I was so relieved to learn that I wasn't the only little girl thinking and feeling the way I did. God bless you for the work you do!
I love your books and I really wanted some advice. I am turning 13 in a matter of days and am currently in the 8th grade. I love to write, but my family doesn't really appreciate my writing. I have so many ideas and things I want to write and I was hoping that an amazing author as yourself wouldn't mind giving me any pointers on how to begin writing and really express my writing skills.
Do you write or refer books on eating disorders: anorexia? for a 13yr old?
Your blog was the inspiration I needed today. Reading it helped me tap into a honest place for today's writing.
Greetings from Jonesboro, Arkansas. I am a third grade teacher and my class is currently reading Freckle Juice. We visited your website before we started the book. Your website is very inspiring to young readers and writers. I have written three children’s books and currently trying to figure out how to self-publish, or if I want to try and sent it to an actual publisher. My students are so excited about this, and when I showed them the “on writing” link on your website they really got excited. Thank you for being an amazing author.
Dear Judy Blume,
our Englisch teacher gave us the homework to find out some intressting facts about you. I´m on your homepage for 4 hours and I´ve to say:" It´s fantastic!!!" I´m going to the my whole class from thes great homepage. I love your book, they are incredible to read!
Best wishes to you and your family.
I LOVE U
Laura A Klein
Ms. Blume, I've just finished reading "Are you there God, It's me Margaret" for the very first time today. (I'm reading banned books this year) I wish I had defied my mother when I was twelve in 1972 when she took it back to the library. I wasn't sure at that time why I wasn't allowed to read it but I'm guessing it was the whole questioning of God's existence, and her blatant racism over and above your frank and sensitive discussion of menarche. Thank you for writing this tender story which has helped and soothed three generations of girls as they grow to be young women.
I am in hospital and the only thing i am doing is reading fudge a mania.and i love it but i am still feeling sick alot but i had a operation on wedsnday night.
I am a life-long fan of your writing. My mother gave me “Are you there god? It’s me, Margaret.” as a girl.
Now that Margaret and I have grown up, I’m wondering if you have considered a sequel... “Are you still there god? It’s me, Margaret.” (A book about menopause and later life issues.
Dear Judy Blume,
I'm love to read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. I wondering if you have a little brother like Fudge and he was really annoying? Do you want to have alittle pet turtle like Dribble?
I hope you can answer my questions
Mrs. Redden's 2nd grade RTI Class
Dear Judy Blume,
We read Freckle juice in our RTI class. It was awesome! It was funny because Andrew drank the freckle juice. It was so good we liked it. You are a fantastic author! Thank you for writing Freckle Juice.
Mrs. Redden's RTI Class
I am a student at Livingston High School in California. As a child I read and enjoyed your books. I still remember laughing, while reading the books. In my AP Literature class, I was assigned to find a successful children's book author, who would have a interview over video chat with my class. During this video chat session, the students will ask questions about constructing a children's book. The video chat will help the students construct their own children's book. The book will be a christmas gift for a child, who we have interviewed, so that the book caters to their personality. I was wondering if you will be available to schedule a video chat session.
I teach at the military base and many of the kids parents are deployed overseas for various reasons. How would our school go about trying to get you to come and talk with the kids and have a meet and greet? Thank you for your time and work!!!
Mrs. Ziegler's 3rd grade class
We are your BIGGEST FANS (well, and Fudge's biggest fans!). We LOVE your Fudge, or shall we say Egduf, books. Everyday you start our afternoon with laughs, love, and goofy connections. We all go home thinking and talking about all of Fudge's shenanigans (i.e. eat it or wear it! secret code names, money money money). Without taking all your time, we HAD to share a suggestion for your next FUDGE book! We were thinking the story line could be something like this....
15 years from your last publication of Fudge (2002), Peter is now a dad (married to Izzy?) and has his own child, a DAUGHTER, starting Kindergarten. Her name could be Taffy, because she always gets in "sticky" situations. Fudge is now attending college to become a teacher (Future Mr. Ratface?). He is currently student teaching in his niece's class (Peter's daughter). Our idea is that Taffy would be as fun, wild, and sweet as Fudge.
We hope this email finds you in your happy moments of book-brainstorming. Thank you for inspiring us to LOVE reading in a whole new way!
Mrs. Ziegler's 3rd grade class
I have just watched a video on you tube. I must say I am impressed by your open attitude to subjects that in 2017 are still considered taboo. Many years ago I read one of your books about all the things that no one is supposed to discuss. I cannot recall the title, but I have been extremely interested in you ever since.
Fran Mier (Bristol UK)
Hi i'm a senior in high school and for our final English project i'm writing a book of short stories. For this project our teacher had asked us to interview someone that relates to our project. Growing up i remember reading your books like Tales of an Fourth Grade Nothing, and Superfudge. Those were the books that got me into writing in the first place. So I ask if it would be OK to do an email interview to get some insight on how i can create the best stories possible.
Thank you for your time.
Have loved all of your books. Used them when I taught. As a Jersey girl,I enjoyed UNLIKELY EVENT, but was surprised that you didn't know that the NY Yankees wouldn't have played the NYGiants in football.(Part One). The Yanks play baseball. Usually, your editors catch that stuff. Minor issue--but you usually get it right.
Otherwise, your novel was compelling. You are great.
Dear Judy Blume,
Hi! I'm a fan of your books, i've been a fan since I was 8 and a half. So it's been a year that I have been reading your books. My parents used to read me the Fudge and Peter stories and now I read them on my own on my kindle. I have read all of the Peter and Fudge books and me favorite one is Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing! Thanks for these entertaining books!
Your Biggest Fan,
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
In the book Sheila the Great does she ever visit mouse in tarry town or does Bobby ever get her.
I am an elementary education major at Truman State University and I am currently taking a YA controversial literature class. For my class I am creating a podcast over your book "Are You There God? It's Me Margaret." I would love a sound bite from you regarding either this book or the topic of censorship to use in my podcast!
Thank you in advance and I look forward to hearing from you.
Hi. My name is Tyler and I'm a huge fan of your books. I have been reading them since I was in the 1st grade, starting with your most infamous novel, "Tales Of a 4th Grade Nothing." I'm currently re-reading the series, and since I'm entering the 4th grade I thought I would also read some of your other books.
Some of the books I'll most likely catch myself reading are "Otherwise Known as Shiela the great" , "Tiger Eyes" , and "Blubber."
Thank you so much for being such a huge part of my life if your reading this.
Hi Judy. Check out the link below. My niece made woolen mittens in your honor. https://www.etsy.com/listing/548525400/fuschia-felted-wool-mittens-judy-blume
In superfudge,did you go through the stress after having a baby too like Mrs. Hatcher? If you did, did your family help you when you were stressed or did you wish they did help you? Thank You!
Dear Judy Blume,
I am 10 and I am in 4th grade. I love your book. I love Fudge In Tales of a 4th grade nothing. In your book tales of a 4th grade nothing on page 101 there is a punctuation error. there is a comma instead of a period. My favorite part of tales of a 4th grade nothing is when Peter calls Fudge Fang because he looked like a vampire.
I just wanted to thank you for getting me through the awful summer of 1983. My family had just separated, we had lost our house to foreclosure and our pets....we could not take them with us. They went to a local shelter, and my mom, my brothers, and I went from San Diego to the Florida panhandle to live with my grandmother. It was so hot!!!! We missed our dad, our pets, and our house terribly, and my granny wand not a nice little old lady. Your books got me through that terrible summer. I read them - all of them (except Forver) over and over again. Thank you. Thank you.
Dear Judy Blume, l am so happy to be reading your books I hope other young readers start reading your books like I did. It all started in 9/20/17 I was finding a book to read for class and I spotted your book Sheila the great it was the first Judy Blume book I ever read and I remembered that my mom as a child loved yours books so I decided all try it and thats is how it all started.
Greetings Judy Blume, I am so grateful/thankful for my youth in reading all your books. This gave me a love for writing a story, but a story related to research and investigation. I am now, so many years later, an operations dir./grant writer for violence prevention programs in San Francisco. My organization works with K-8 youth, so many young girls. I have had the pleasure of passing on your books that gave me so much as a young girl, to our girls. It has been such a joy to watch them read, laugh, cry, and connect with a book that transcends time. Thank you so much for your amazing contribution to youth literature! Carolyn firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there any chance that Judy will be coming to Guatemala? It would be fabulous to have her visit our bilingual school during July for Language Arts month.
Hello! Just wanted to let you know that a purchased a set of your books to give away as individual prizes in our TD Summer Reading Club this past summer. So many kids came back and told be they enjoyed your books very much. Ramona Quimby was a number favorite with one little girl! Thanks for writing!
dear Judy I LOVE your books
Your friend Mikey
P.S. I just finished reading Double Fudge.
Robin Joyce Miller
Dear Judy Blume, I am a retired African American NYC teacher. I just want you to know how much I enjoyed your book, "Iggie's House". I used it to discuss race. We had so many wonderful and thoughtful talks in the classroom. Unfortunately, not many people seem to be familiar with this excellent book. Peace and Racial Harmony has and continues to be a theme for my art, poetry and public speaking engagements. Thank you for your many contributions to young people and adults as well.
hi Judy Blume!
my name is lynaya and i go through the same thing you and the characters in your books went through. life is hard for me, at this age. some tings i can improve on, but others, i cannot. for starters, i have short-term memory. i love to play volleyball and on Saturday, i have a home Tourney. i do very great in volleyball, and i am very good at drawing, for instance, i drew my two cats, as well as a farm in front of the sunrise. friends can be best friends one day and then the next, they just go straight to bullying you. But sometimes, i can take what they throw at me, but other times, i can't. Just like what Stephanie, Rachel and Alison go through, it's hard to fit into a group of three. Plus also Middle School is tough, but not to me!!! i love Math, Art and ELA. i recently lost a teacher in September, but i am recovering from that. but thank you so much for taking time to write back to me (If you do have the time). i love you!!!!!!!!!!
Dear Mrs. Blume,
Hi! I am a librarian and an educator. I like you, and I think you represent such an interesting personality, for a writer, especially! Actually, I spoke with you when you skyped Longwood University's Children's book event! If I could be so bold and nosy, can you explain to me the story of your faith? In other words, what is it, and what do you believe?
Thank you kindly and take care!
Hi again I just like to tell you a little about my self. I have two brother's and a dog. My birthday is April 26. That's a little about my self.
Hi I love your Fudge series.You are my favorite auther.
Thanks for being such a great author to me! I love the books about Fudge and his brother. Please keep writing!!
My class has been reading tales of a fourth grade nothing and we are now reading super Fudge! Thanks for the awesome books! I'm now inspired to write my own!
~Your fan, Erin
Thank you for taking your time and putting soo much thought into your books.I am amazed at how many books you have written. I hope you continue to making great books.
Dear Judy Blume, Hi! I am Grace. It's me again. I hope you can remember me.I love your books. When are you going to write a new one. Anyway, do you have WeChat? I really want to chat with you.
Your biggest fan,
Reading your books as a young girl always brought me joy. I was afraid to grow up because I would run out of your books to read. Now I've been married for 5 years, and found Wifey for the first time today. I've finished the book and wanted to say thank you. Thank you for publishing and "adult" book so I could still enjoy your writing, even as a grown up.
Hi Judy, You probably don't remember me, I was a summer student in Tom's group at LANL in 1978. I was wondering whatever happened to Tom, can't find him by googling. Has he died? Just curious, thought I would get in touch with him if I could. I just retired from Penn State, had a great career as a physicist, now living in England half of the time. Long story. You have meant a lot to me, meeting you impressed my mother like nothing else I ever did. All best wishes, Renee
Hi Judy. I love your books and am re-reading some of them. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was my first chapter book. I think it would be sweet if a Peter and Fudge story could be written with them as adults. I also love Tiger Eyes. Thanks for your contribution to literature!
Hi! I saw your master class advertisement video and was immediately touched and inspired. I've read some parts of your works, and they are so funny and well-written. I want to be a middle-grade writer too. I was encouraged to hear even the greats were subjects of discouragement. I hope your career as a writer continues.
Hello Ms. Blume, do you do any assemblies?? Our elementary school is always searching for a great author of children’s books and I wanted to ask if you would be interested in speaking to our school children. We don’t have a big budget but it would be an honor and a great memory for all the children, the chance to meet you. Please let me know if you you would be interested in revisiting your childhood state!
I’ve always wanted to share this with you:
I checked out your book, “Deenie” when I was 11 years old, because her name was similar to mine. As I read the descriptions of scoliosis it occurred to me that I’M crooked too! Maybe I have this!! I told my mom, we went to the doctor and sure enough- I had scoliosis too! Had corrective surgery when I was 13. Reading your book helped me discover something very important that was happening to my own body. My doctor was amazed that I diagnosed it. But to me it was Deenie who led me to this knowledge. My mom didnt even know what it was.
I’ve always wanted to thank you for writing that book, and share this interesting connection with you! That book changed my life!! Thank you, Judy Blume!
I saw your video on your Master Class. You are so brilliant. If I were a writer I would love to learn about writing from you. However, I am another kind of a writer. I am a composer.
I grew up on your books and to this day they still effect me. I learned from your books. I learned the lessons in the stories about Tony and Peter and even Fudge. I also learned one extremely important thing from you. To be honest. Even as a composer I have to have honesty in my writing. Yes that is something I learned from you about creating.
Thank you, Thank You, Thank You for being you and being a huge important part of my entire life.
I have loved your books since I was much younger!!! I am now in my 28th year of teaching they are still a class favorite. We are writing Realistic Fiction stories, and your Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing are great for sharing with the kids "episodes or scenes" in writing!! We are just finishing Tales and the kids can't wait to start Superfudge as our class read aloud!! Thanks for writing such great books!! My class wanted me to share this with you
Dear Judy, My grade 3 and grade 4 teacher read out loud to the whole class "Fudge" and "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" when I was around 9 and 10 years old in the 1970s. I fondly remembered those books. Later when I was around 15, I ran into a copy of "Wifey" on my older sister's table, leafed through it and was shocked to see you could write something so different from Fudge! I thought of you then as one of the warmest, most flexible interesting writers ever and still think of you that way today at age 51. I am visiting New York for a 3 week vacation later this month for the fourth time. It was your books that introduced me to Central Park, Madison Avenue and all the rest, decades before I ever set foot in the Big Apple. In this and many other ways, you are very special to me ---and very special to so many of us. God Bless You, Judy ---and I can't stop smiling as a write these words to you ---Eric J. Brooks (Singapore, originally from Toronto, Canada)--always a fan
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