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Hi Judy, I'm 35 now and still have such fond memories of reading your amazing books as a child (and again as a bigger child!) I'm hoping to find a whole box set online so I can read them all again and keep them forever. Thank you for helping so many young people with your writing. Best wishes.
Dear Judy Blume,
Hello, How are you? I hope you are very well. I am writing to tell you that I really loved your Fudge series. It is my favorite series. I think the character of Fudge is so funny and so great. He truly is one of a kind. I always enjoy reading and re-reading the books. It is like re-visiting old friends. The characters are so realistic and you can really relate to them and you feel a connection to them. The books were also very funny I always laughed out loud reading them. I was wondering if you would please write another book in the Fudge series. I would love to see how the Hatcher family is doing. Thank you so much. Have a nice day.
Hello judy blume ,I am in love with your many books and I have read loved this one book in particular: blubber. I had my own personal experience with bullying like jill.I am so glad that you have created these books . to bad my school bans most of them. Thank you so much judy blume.
My boyfriend just gave me your newest book "In the Unlikely Event" for my birthday on October 4th. He was impressed that I read it in one day, but what can I say? I'm one of your biggest fans! I hope you do continue writing books-this one was just as enjoyable as all the others.
Please let me know if you are scheduling an event in Ohio or Pennsylvania-it would be so awesome to meet you someday!
BTW, my boyfriend is also an author, too! He's currently writing a book about the history of Jewish people in the Youngstown area.
Dear judy blume your books are great please do another fudge book when tootsie is older keep up the good work i am writing a book called kit kat god loves you kaitlyn
I have been a huge fan of yours since childhood. I've been re-reading some of my favorites, and they are still as amazing as I remember, even if Margaret no longer has to deal with the sanitary belt. LOL! I just bought my girls (ages 7 and 12) a boxed set so I could share it with them. I just finished your latest adult novel ITUE, and I just had to write and say how much I loved it! I could not put it down... These wrinkly baggy eyes are your handiwork this week! Any way, thanks for your hard work and talent, I hope to meet you at one of your events soon.
With much sincerity,
Hi Judy, I LOVE your books! I use to HATE to read and then your books inspired me!
Love your 2nd biggest fan!
I have read all of your Fudge books and I have enjoyed them, I would like to read another Fudge book. I ask you to write a few more Fudge books.
Hi my name is Cassie and I'm a member of girl scout troop XXX in Sterling, Mass.
We are doing a journey on how the media portrays girls and women. I love your books and have suggested you as an inspirational woman.
Is there any chance you would consider a 5 minute Skype session with our troop? We would love to know what inspired the characters in your book and how you started your career as a writer.
Dear Judy Blume,
I love your books! Could you write to me about how you write your novels? That would be amazing. I'm doing a project at school, and I need to email novel writers to find out how a novel is written, and revised, and published. Thanks!
I grew up reading your books and associate you and your stories with some of my fondest childhood memories. Just as Long as We're Together and the Fudge series are my fav's. Also, your recent novel, In the Unlikely Event was amazing ! I am a teacher now and read your books to my class-- I get much pleasure seeing them enjoy the mischievous and adorable Farley Drexel Hatcher! I recently finished the series with my youngest children and they loved them as much as I did and do Thank you for your creativity and relatability. Much love and respect-- Elisabeth
Hello Judy Blume,
What a great message board! I've been inspired - and impressed - at your fans and I thought I'd write and ask a question of my own.
I read so many of your books as a kid and adolescent (honestly, what young woman hasn't read Are You There God...?) and I also enjoy your adult novels as well. I see that some of the young readers below say that their mothers have introduced them to your books, and it looks like most of those readers are girls. I have a son, so my question is: which of your books do you recommend for boys? He is 13 now, and he likes the Hunger Games and those kinds of fantasy novels. But I would love for him to fall in love with your books as did I...any suggestions would be great - I am sorry if I missed the boat with the Fudge books...I've always let him pick out his own books, and, like most boys these days, he gravitated toward Captain Underpants and Diary of a Whimpy Kid (sorry!).
Thanks for your time.
An eternal fan,
Hi recently I just finished "Just As Long As We're Together" and absolutely loved it! I was wondering if you could connect to someone and make it a movie. It would be amazing to see it come to life.
I would like to do my next speech on you.do you think you could tell me some stuff about you.
From your greatest fan.
P.s.love tour books!
Hello! My name is Rylie and I am 11 years old!! I LOVE your books and wish I had them all!! In particular I like "Blubber," and "Are you there God? it's me Margaret!" My mom read these books growing up and loved them, so she showed them to me! I've also read "Iggy's House," The "Fudge" Books, and "starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself" they are all so good!!!!! I ran out of books because yours are so good I read them each in just a few days each! As soon as I got home from school u would grab a snack go to my bedroom and read,read,read! I wish I had more of your amazing books, can you please help me by telling me where I can get more books??
Now, enough about m, if you don't mind I will now ask you some questions....
What/who inspired you to write?
Where/who do you get character names and book titles from?
Do you mostly just write books for kids?
At what age did you start writing?
Anyway, that's all from me, I hope for a replie, thanks for your time!!LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!!!!!
you are awesome Judy. I love your books.
hi i love all your books there amazing right know on fudge-a-mania
Hello stranger!!! I love your books
Can you make another Fudge book
Hello Mrs. Blume, I grew up reading your books and loved them all! And encourage my 5 kids to read yours now. Reading a book is a very precious thing to do and we must encourage other kids to put down the game remote and pick up a book.
Dear Mrs. Blume,
I go to school at Buckley Country Day School in New York and my English class is going to grow beans with our favorite author's word on it. Once we get that information, we will send the word to a bean company. The bean company will then engrave the word in the bean. We will care for our beans and then they will grow. When the flowers sprout, the word will appear on the flower! Then, we will send our favorite authors the picture of the flower, to honor them.
Since you are my favorite author, I would be honored if you could tell me your favorite word and why it is your favorite. Also, if you have a favorite seed or flower, it would be greatly appreciated if you send the name or the seed to us. We would plant the seed or flower in your name. This project is very important to me, so if you would be so kind as to answer me back at email@example.com. My friend Julia will also be contacting you from your email. Thank you for your time and for your stories!
P.S. Here is the link to the magic bean company who will make your seed: http://livelovebean.com.au/magic-bean-shop/believe-achieve-magic-bean/
Dear Mrs. Blume,
I chose you as my biography project! I am currently a 7th grader at Southside Middle School in Florence, SC. Can you offer any exciting facts about yourself that I can present to my class and my teacher, Mr. Keane?
Thank you Judy Blume. I love all your books. I grew up with them. A few nights ago I got sad again, because I began reading the last 100 pages on smart women and I wished you would write another book. So I looked on the internet thinking maybe by chance there would be a new book. And there it was!!! Please live for another 200 years and never stop writing. So even my grand children will be enjoying your books too! Thank you so much. Your writing fits perfect to my imagination.i love it.
I just wanted to write to say that you have inspired me to write. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was the first book I ever read, in 1980 when I myself was in fourth grade. I recently decided to follow my heart's passion and have started to write the first, of hopefully a long series, of books. Like you, I want to tackle real life lessons with my writing. My books, which will be aimed at preteen/early teen readers will be full of humor, adventure and love, but will tackle issues such as bullying, divorce and homelessness. I hope to not only entertain young readers but also open their eyes and expand their minds by teaching them diversity, compassion and tolerance. I credit you for sparking my writing interest again because, while searching for books at the library with my daughter, we came across Tales and I told her it was a must read. If you could give me any advice, even if it's just a single sentence, I would be forever grateful. Thank you and congratulations on your continued success.
Hi. I love your books. You are so awesome.
Do u love writing books.
I love your books, and I would love for you to answer me! I enjoy reading your books to my little sister! Thank you for writing books! Do you plan to write more?
Sammy PS thats my nichname
HI AGAIN!!! So umm..... hi and I am going to keep reading by the way umm..... thanks for this book! REALLY REALLY THANK YOU!
PS Me and my classmates are reading it! THANKS!
Hi! Im Samantha and im reading Tales of a Forth Grade Nothing and I just started so..... THANKS!!!
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.
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!
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 2
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 toilet
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.
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!
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.
I love your book tales of a fourth grade nothing it is awesome!!!!!!!!
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.
when did you make tale of a fourth grade nothing
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!
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.
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.
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!
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