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After hearing your story on WNYC about the 3 plane crashes in Elizabeth, it reminded me of a friend who disappeared over Christmas break in 1952. I was 17 and a junior at Columbia HS. He flew to Florida and died in Elizabeth. Since then I have flown to Europe and back at least 30 times without an incident. Life is the reverse of roulette, I guess.
Looking forward to reading your book.
Thank you for your books. They have brought me such joy and comfort. You are my writing idol! With much gratitude.Hometown: Southbury, CT - Age: 49 - Posted September 30, 2015 7:36 am
I really love your Fudge books! When I read them to my mom they make me feel awesome and I laugh out loud a lot. My mom does too. My two favorite characters are Fudge and Peter but I also love Uncle Feather! I sure hope you write more Fudge books.
PS. I'm your biggest fan
I read your book Blubber for a banded book project we have in school Prairie Creek Intermediate. I love your book it is sooooo good I don't get why it was banned. I would love it if you could replay. FYI I'm so about to buy the rest of your books. This one is for sure my favorite book!Hometown: Cedar Rapids - Age: 11 - Posted September 29, 2015 1:25 pm
As an adult, I no longer read fiction. Yet if I were asked to name my favourite authour, it would have to be you. I also state my favourite book as being 'Just as Long as We're Together'
This may not mean much to you, but I had a lonely childhood and I would often scour the library for your books. They allowed me to connect with the characters and drift off into another world. Thank you for making my childhood a bit more pleasurable.
Please right another Fudge book I got the perfect idea Fudgemania 2Hometown: Greenwood SC - Age: 10 - Posted September 27, 2015 9:10 pm
It was thrilling to see you at the Hopkins Center for the Arts this past Friday! My sister, Judy, and I were lucky enough to speak with your charming husband while waiting in line for book signings. You obviously make a wonderful team.
I was so fortunate to get some back story on the cover of my "Wifey" book (you told me how you fell on a cactus and how the cat in the author photo was a stand-in and not your own!), and hearing it from you in person is a moment I will treasure always. Thank you for sharing your stories and impacting so many lives, including mine!
Love your books have taken superfudge for exam I am saying the part about Peter arguing with fudge that he wants to go to the toiletHometown: india - Age: 10 - Posted September 26, 2015 9:01 am
Your books got me through my childhood/teen years. Thank you. I hope to one day get the chance to meet you.. It would be my dream come true.Hometown: Houston, TX - Age: 29 - Posted September 26, 2015 1:04 am
Hey Judy! Please make a sequel to Are you there God? It's me, Margaret. I really LOVED it and I would like to know what religion Margaret choses. I'm also a Christian myself and this book really helped me get connected to God more. It also helped me with puberty and stuff like that. Thanks! Bye!Age: 11 - Posted September 25, 2015 4:29 pm
I just wanted to say thank you for all the books you have published throughout the years. Your junior novels such as "Tiger Eyes", "Blubber", and "Are you there God? It's Me, Margaret" provided many hours of comfort, insight and contentment during my tumultuous childhood. Your down-to-earth stories have inspired me to develop a love for reading and for pursuing an education. Best wishes, Lisa.Age: 40 - Posted September 24, 2015 7:43 pm
I love your book tales of a fourth grade nothing it is awesome!!!!!!!!Hometown: Bristow - Age: 10 - Posted September 23, 2015 8:25 pm
My primary 6 teacher read my class the fudge books to get us interested in reading for enjoyment. As a 10 year old who didnt enjoy reading it certainly worked. I have never forgotten the books or the brilliant voices my teacher used as she read. I'm now buying the series for my 6&8 year old.Hometown: county Down - Age: 37 - Posted September 23, 2015 8:46 am
when did you make tale of a fourth grade nothingHometown: sparks - Age: 10 - Posted September 22, 2015 4:45 pm
Below is a blog from a high school friend, Bryan Denson, a budding author, sharing a story when his and Judy Blume's paths crossed earlier this year at one of her readings.
September 20, 2015
When The Spy’s Son hit bookstores in spring 2015, my publicist set me up with a speaking gig at something called Town Hall Seattle. An excellent gig, she said, a big audience.
So when I climbed out of my car in Seattle that day in June to find a woman offloading boxes of books that choked the rear of an SUV, I couldn’t contain my excitement.
“Are those the books for tonight’s reading?” I asked.
“Yes,” she said.
Well, here it was. After three decades as a lunch-bucket journalist, my ship had come in. It was my turn to wow a big audience with a magical reading from my book. I had gone over my speech for months, nearly memorizing the excerpts I would read. Like a drummer working out accents on a snare drum, I had tried out different stresses on some of the punchier words. My plan was to grip the audience like Stephen King and romance them like Robert Bly, leave them gasping for the next sentence.
I hiked past big columns into the historic venue, where folks scurried around setting up tables that would eventually hold a mountain of books. Off to one side of the vast lobby, I saw what appeared to be bottles of champagne chilling. I didn’t know it, but this was the entrance to the Great Hall, which held more than 800 people.
I found the woman coordinating my reading, and she said she would take me to the green room. The green room! My first. And as we walked across the lobby, she said my reading would be downstairs.
I must have looked terribly confused. I'm certain I stuttered something about all the preparations going on around us. Wasn't this for me?
“Judy Blume is reading up here,” she explained.
These words should have sucked the air out of my lungs. But I didn’t know who Judy Blume was.
Yes, ladies, I’m an imbecile
I remedied this ignorance after reaching my lonely green room (a scene right out of This Is Spinal Tap, although it lacked the sad tray of hors d’oeuvres, or even a a few spray-cheese stalagmites Ritz crackers), by Googling Blume's name on m iPhone. I discovered that Ms. Blume had authored twenty-nine books and was an award-winning novelist who had sold roughly 80 million copies of books aimed at children, young adults and adult adults. By all accounts she was the rock star of these genres, and her fan base would humble the likes of Prince, Justin Bieber and Jimmy Buffet. She has already laid waste to Hunter S. Thompson’s maxim about fame and fortune being not nearly synonymous.
I sneaked a glance outside the green room, where I found a long line of women and their daughters and their daughters-daughters and a few men who seemed cheerful about being there. I decided to follow this line to toward the literary oracle who commanded so much attention.
I imagined Ms. Blume’s imminent arrival upstairs: She would probably step out of a limousine with stemware in her hand, cameras flashing, waving like a debutante as she stepped onto a red carpet.
It seemed as good a time as any to grow very jealous of Ms. Blume and hope that her limo broke down or that she had developed terminal writers cramp from signing books. But by then I, too, was caught up in the excitement.
Eventually I learned that this assembly was merely the line to the ladies room. Almost every one of these ladies and obedient gentlemen cradled copies of Ms. Blume’s new book, In the Unlikely Event, and some of them lugged armloads of them. I caught a glimpse of the table where they were displaying the book, and it looked as if they had attempted to rebuild the Great Wall of China.
I popped in and out of the room where I would read from The Spy’s Son, noting that my crowd had reached nearly twenty-five people and that if you counted me and the very nice man selling my book and the lady behind the bar and several Judy Blume fans who accidentally walked into my little reading venue after using the men's room it might have been as many as thirty.
I decided to go to the men’s room before my hour-long reading and found a line of Judy Blume fans literally being ushered into it by an officious young man with a headset. He was directing them into the men's room because Judy Blume fans apparently drink too much wine and, well, there were hundreds of them so they needed an overflow bathroom.
So I held it.
My talk was in a room appropriately named (and I am positively not making this up) Downstairs at Town Hall.
When I was introduced, I walked up to the lectern and told everyone that I was very happy to be there. Then I asked them all to please stand and form a line so that we could all go upstairs together, where I would pay for our tickets into the Judy Blume show.
OK, I didn’t do that. I gave my lecture, answered some questions, signed a few books and drove home.
In my head, I kept hearing the applause of that night. Mercifully, it was muffled by the ceiling.
Judy Blume was knocking them dead up there.
Copyright Bryan Denson. All Rights Reserved.
Hey Judy do you remember me i did a assignment on you? I am now in 5th grade and the best writer in my class I hope you get back to me...Oh and i have some news...i have a baby sister she is now 5 months old! i hope tpo read her some of your books!Hometown: Vineland new jersey - Age: 9 - Posted September 22, 2015 9:31 am
My name is Tracy Potter and although my books have been published online only, I enjoy writing and I think part of it was the fact that I had read your books growing up and "Are you there God, It's Me Margaret" was my favorite.
Thank you so much for having such a great imagination and all the hard work you put into your books.
OMG I love ur books they r so interesting that I can't stop reading!!! I especially love the books about Peter and Fudge!!!
I thought the funniest part was when Fudge managed to kick Mr. Burman in the face.Hometown: bristow - Age: 10 - Posted September 21, 2015 7:36 pm
Greetings from a fan. I am so happy that you have written another book for adults. I am presently reading “In the Unlikely Event”. I cannot put it down. It was 1:30 AM and I was still reading…
When I was a teenager, I was in a helicopter rash with my father and the story brings it all back to me. It is not something I like to remember but nevertheless I am riveted to your book.
I wanted to point out an error on page 165 in the paragraph called Shiva. You mentioned that Kathy’s family would be sitting shiva for 8 days. The word shiva in Hebrew means 7 and the mourning period is 7 days, not 8 days.
Hopefully I can get some sleep tonight.
I was there in Elizabeth when the plane crash happened. Saw the plane ...hard to believe it was real. It was...I saw it.Hometown: Elizabeth - Posted September 21, 2015 3:15 pm
I love your books, and I especially like the Fudge books. I think you are an amazing author. If you happen to be in Lexington, KY please contact me so we can meet up.
PS I have read all of your children's books!
hi Judy it is Talli in Bristow Oklahoma
I just want to I say I love your books. My favorite
is tales of a 4th grade nothing Im In 4th grade.
My favorite is when fudge was is birthday party and all of his friends come over .I liked the part when fudge went to the movies and got lost in
the theather .Ok that's all I just want to say
bye have a good~day~!!!!
I love your books. I liked Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing because it was really funny. My favorite part was when Fudge said "Eat it or wear it." Then he dumped peas on his head. Another funny part was when Fudge ate Dribble. My class laughed at that part when are teacher read it to us.Hometown: Bristow - Age: 9 - Posted September 20, 2015 2:16 pm
I've been a fan since I was around 7 or 8. I'm now 41.
I recently introduced my 13 year old son to Then Again Maybe I Won't and Are You There God, It's Me Margaret.
Thank for taking on the topics most authors wouldn't bother with.
My mom would have greatly learned from Deenie a little earlier.
She was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was in her late teens in the early '70s....too late in her age to get the proper help.
I have written here before about re-reading Just As Long As Were Together. You wrote me back and I so appreciate that.
As a child and adult, I have so enjoyed your books.
Thanks so much for all you have done for writing on topics that have not been popular, but they were important.
In fact, one of my favorite books is Letters To Judy. You made me feel like some ways I felt were not so uncommon.
Thank you for everything you have done for your fans. You have helped more people then you will ever imagine.
I like your books.I can't wait to read more of your books.Hometown: bristow - Age: 10 - Posted September 19, 2015 7:04 pm
Hi JudyBlum i love your book tales of a fourth grade nothing it taght me a lot you are a really inspiring person.
love you Gabrielle
I loved you on Late Night with Seth Meyers! Great interview. I look forward to reading your new book, In The Unlikely Event.
Hi,my name is Skyler I love your books!And my favorite book of yours is tales of a fourth grade nothing.My favorite character in that book is Fudge! Please keep on writings books! From,SkylerHometown: Bristow,Oklahoma - Age: 9 - Posted September 18, 2015 8:08 pm
Hi,my name is Skyler and I love your books! My favorite book of yours is tales of a fourth grade nothing.And I love Fudge from that story!Please keep on writing books! From,SkylerHometown: Bristow,Oklahoma - Age: 9 - Posted September 18, 2015 7:55 pm
I really loved the book "Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing." I loved the story about Peter and Fudge was funny. I loved the things that Peter had to do that Fudge messed up. Thank you for writing wonderful books for kids.Hometown: Bristow - Age: 9 - Posted September 18, 2015 5:54 pm
I Love your books I fell in love with reading after reading Are you there God? It's me Margret in the 3rd grade(i read above my grade since 1st) I also learned so much about growing up thanks to your books. My mom never sat me down and talked about things that girls will go through. As a teen I read Forever and as a high schooler I fell in live with Vix and Catlin. I borrowed Summer Sisters so many times from my English teacher Sophmore year that he told me to Keep it when I returned it at the end of the year. I have that copy still and have read it maybe 20 more times in the last 10 years. Your books are my go tos when I get in a what to read next slump. Thank you and I am waiting for our post library to get your newest in so I cam check it out. I go in weekly to see if it is in yet.Hometown: Fort Eustis,va - Age: 29 - Posted September 18, 2015 9:57 am
Hey, Judy. A few months ago you shared with me - via e-mail - that you were coming to Edinburgh, and as a result me and my sister came and saw you - it was wonderful! We even met you, which was something we're still very thankful for, and I'm sure everyone else who met you is too. Just wanted to leave a message to say how lovely it was to see you. My little 7 year-old sister says to everyone "she was even nicer when she signed my Fudge book!" - this made me laugh!
Have a lovely day and best wishes, Rosie
Hi judy!I'm such a big fan of your books.I especially love you books with fudge and peter in them.They're so funny!My 2nd grade teacher Mrs.McLaughlin read all the books to us, but she didn't get to finish the book!Thankfully I got the book and finished myself.Anyway,I was thinking you should continue the fudge series and right a book like the other fudge books,but from fudge's point of view.Like how did fudge feel when Peter fainted on the floor when he said he wanted to marry Sheila Tubman?And how did he feel when he got his tooth knocked out or when mom and grandma put out the mattress and fudge got folded up in it.It would definatly be a book I would want to read!!Hometown: Hudson - Age: 9 - Posted September 17, 2015 2:48 pm
Dear Judy Blume,
Are you going to make another book? If you are send me a copy at XXX
Sincerely, your fan Eduardo
P.S. I want the book with your autograph. Thanks!
Ms. Collins Class
Dear Ms. Blume,
We just read "The Pain and the Great One". We really enjoyed your story because it was funny. We read it to encourage us to tell good stories like you do. Thanks for writing such an awesome book!
Ms. Collins' Class
Dear Ms. Blume,
Thank you. My sister, who is by no means an avid reader, has been reading "Summer Sisters" every summer for as long as I can remember. This year I decided to experience for myself the novel which has captured her imagination for over a decade. What a beautiful and heartwarming story. I must say, Abby was my favourite character, she reminded me of my mother and in some ways reading your book felt like going home again. I plan on visiting Caitlin and Vix at the Vineyard again next summer. Brilliant!
All my best,
It is such a pleasure to have my youngest child begin reading all about Fudge! These stories are absolutely timeless and I thank you for such wonderful story telling that has reached so many generations.Hometown: Calgary - Age: 40 - Posted September 15, 2015 5:32 pm
I grew up reading several of your books which helped me develop a love of reading. My 10 yr old son has no interest in reading. We have bought tons of books and tried everything. I begged him to read Tales of the 4th grade nothing. This is the first book that he will not put down. He wants to read the series now. He finally enjoys reading!Age: 43 - Posted September 14, 2015 9:42 pm
Hi Mrs.Blume I really like your books I wish that you could keep writing more books.
Thank you for giving those of us who grew up in Elizabeth such a wonderful bit of nostalgia. I lived on Pennington St and graduated from Lincoln school14,Hamilton and Battin. Although I was only 7 when the crashes happened I remember some of it. Great walk down memory laneHometown: Elizabeth,NJ - Age: 70 - Posted September 11, 2015 12:37 am
Melody and her dad Todd
During bedtime with Melody this week, she started telling me that her teacher is reading a book to them, and that one of the characters was named Fudge. To which I responded asking, "was it Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing?" Her eyes LIT UP! She was shocked that I knew the book. I explained that I had read the same book 30+ years ago. She then recounted to me the first couple of chapters, and has been updating me as they go along each day. I am fondly remembering all the great times spent with Peter and Fudge and all the rest. What a special moment. Thank you Judy.Hometown: Hermon, ME - Age: 43 - Posted September 10, 2015 7:29 pm
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I want to know who this girl is on the book cover of Just As Long As Long As were together. A lot of people ask me if its me we look identicalHometown: tucson - Age: 27 - Posted September 10, 2015 3:40 pm
Dear Judy, Thank-you so much for writing "In the Unlikely Event." I read most of it in one sitting. I am a retired English teacher; however, if I was still teaching I would recommend "Unlikely" to my students. FYI, I will be recommending "Unlikely" at the Barnes and Noble web site. Maybe someday I will have the honor of meeting you.Hometown: Plainsboro NJ - Age: 62 - Posted September 10, 2015 9:39 am
hiHometown: watertown - Age: 10 - Posted September 8, 2015 1:21 pm
Meryl Gold Kirschner
As a teacher, I used Judy Blume books to capture a love of reading in my elementary students.
But the purpose of this email is to thank you for including the wonderful stories about Elizabeth, my hometown, in your book, "in the Unlikely Event." The book brought back a chance to go home again. My uncle was President of the Elizabeth Board of Education, my grandfather and his two sons owned a lumber yard, Peter Gold & Co. Down the port on First Street right down the block from The Singer plant, we lived in the Westminister section, my grandparents on Magee, I went to Vail-Deane, dated boys from Pingry, shopped on Broad Street, called the owners of Levy Brothers aunt and uncle. I even had my hair done at Connie's, which I had long forgotten. All these things and more were mentioned in your book. My dad actually ran to Janet Orphanage the night the plane crashed there. I hadn't thought about my first 13 years there until I read this book. Thank you for letting me go home again.
Just finished In the unlikely Event Great reading I went to Battin High Was not born until 1955. Nobody talked about the crashes. When I was junior in Battin you visited my English teacher Ms. Newman ( I think was her name) I always remember that. I have been teaching in Miami for 35 years. Your books are great for kids. But now I enjoyed the adult book very much. Thanks for all you write. Best Wishes.Hometown: hollywood - Age: 59 - Posted September 7, 2015 6:27 pm
In my 27 years of life, I have never picked up a book and not set it down until I was finished until I read, Are You There God, Its Me Margret. It was such a great book, and reminded me of myself when I was growing up. I cannot wait to jump right into another one of your books.
Secondly, I really enjoyed reading your article on censorship, I believe it is wrong, and it breaks my heart to think people will stop writing books for the fear of being challenged. So many great books will never be able to be read.
Judy, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for such an amazing read - "In the Unlikely Event" was out of this world, favorite book so far! Thank you again for being the #1 writer!Hometown: Cuba - Age: 26 - Posted September 4, 2015 11:40 pm
Dear Ms. Blume,
I began reading your books when I was about 10 yrs old. I loved your books and read everything you wrote as your books became available. When I went to high school, we had to write a paper on our favorite author. No surprise, I wrote about you. I even reached out to you and you sent a personal letter to me. You apologized that my priority mail was not delivered to you in time to respond when you actually did. I was so excited that you took the time to write to me. Your books had and still have such an impact on me. Now, as a mother, I feel so privileged in sharing your books with my daughter. Thank you so very much for impacting so many lives!
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