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Just read In the Unlikely Event and it brought back many memories of Elizabeth NJ. I was 7 in 1952 and do not remember the plane crashes of that summer but my maternal grandmother and uncles lived on Prospect St. in Elizabeth, the street ran off of Elizabeth Ave which in turn ran off of Broad Street. Every Saturday my family would make the trip from North Brunswick, up Rt. 1 by car to Elizabeth to visit my grandmother. I remember my grandmother lived not too far from Elizabeth General Hospital and I remember a trolley ran down Broad Street. Those were simpler times and sometimes I would walk alone from my grandmother's home to a movie theatre on Broad Street to see a matinee movie for a quarter. I loved your book and the characters, you captured the early 1950s era very well. Hope you will be publishing another adult novel in the near future!
I have never read any of your books although my children and grandchildren have and "In the Unlikely Event" was referred to me as a former and forever "Elizabeth boy" ...and I still remember the crashes to this day , especially the first one on Dec 17 as the plane came over our house.
I'm enjoying the accuracy of streets , names and places etc such as Shelley Ave, School 21 , Levy Bros Department Store on Broad Street ( Milton Levy davened with us at JEC on Elmora Ave) ...but I seem to recall that the newspaper at the time was the Elizabeth Daily Journal (and not Post). ...is there a reason for this discrepancy ? In any event , the book evokes feelings of nostalgia and I'm very much enjoying it.
Dear Judy, I read your book (The one in the middle is the green kangaroo)was very beatifull book,now I read (Tales of a fourth grade nothing)
for now its rally beatifull.You're grat writter.
I from for Buenos Aires,Argentina ,my scool is Northfield school.
I really enjoyed your book. My fathers family owned Levy Brothers and it was wonderful to see the references in your book. We lived on DeWitt road (right off of Salem Ave near the Janet Memorial) where the 1st cash took place. I was in 7th grade at Hamilton at the time. I also wrote some articles for Diane Norek Harrison as she wanted me to write about my memories of Elizabeth in those days and in particular about Levy Brothers. By the way, I was in the same year at Hamilton and Jefferson as your friend David Kaufelt. If you ever want any specifics about Levy's let me know. I am at (408) 318 5685 (in California). My best regards, Ed Levy
hi judy I just wanted to say I love your books and you know how you came up with an idea when you were eating pancakes so did I think I should eat more pancakes to.
Hi, MS. Blube
I've just finished reading in the Unlikely Event, I loved it. Although I'm wondering what it was like for you to experience 9/11 after experiencing the crashes in the 50s. I was in 2nd grade during 9/11, and I remember the fear of flying, the fear the US was no longer safe, worrying about my Dad who was away from home and had to fly home, worrying about my uncle who worked next door to the World Trade Center. Would you say that 9/11 was easier for you after the 3 planes in the 50s crashed all by fluke accident, but knowing life went on and the country recovered. Or was 9/11 harder for you, because what you feared then had now come true?
This may be kind of a personal question and I'm sorry, but while reading the book I couldn't help but to compare it to 9/11.
Enjoyed reading your book "In the Unlikely Effect". I grew up on Summit Rd and also sledded down Wyoming Ave. So fun to read about the old neighborhood. Will you be coming to CA for a book signing? I would love to get my copy signed. I know Pages in Manhattan Beach, CA would love to have you visit them.
Dear Mrs Blume,
We read your book "The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo". We liked it A LOT! We think it is a fantastic story.
Now we are going to read "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing". We hope you are writing a new book.
Love, students from 4th N, Northfield School.
1952 was a very sad, happy year for me. Your book In The Unlikely Event, brought back memories I had buried so deep that I have been crying for 2 weeks. I worked for the Elizabeth Board of Health. & the records of everyone who died in Elizabeth had to be registered in Ledgers in our office. So I registered the names of all who died in the 3 plane crashes. And typed so many death certificates that after while I lost count. So now I remember the horror, where, when cause of death, over, & over, & over. Not only did I attend Battin High, but my home room faced the plan crash site. I thought I had put it all to rest, but I guess not. Who would have guessed that after all these years I can remember with such clarity the actual event. Trying to talk about it to my 6 children is difficult, so I hope they read your book, just maybe it will help them learn a little more about their Mom.
So it must me pretty exiting to have your own book. My name is Raegan my class is learing about you so I thought I would write to you they will be so exsited I am!hopfuly you will have time to write me back.
-P.S I love your books!!!
My favorite book is Tiger Eyes and you're coming to sign books and I know you're supposed to sign your new one but it would be an honor if you could sign Tiger Eyes
Is that okay?
Hello Dear Judy,
I am just starting to read your books to my 7 year old twins and I am having a magical time! I read them when I was young and it is just amazing to read them again as an adult. I find myself laughing at so many things as a parent that I am sure I didn't pick up on as a child. Just wanted to thank you for your work and imagination. My Mom always encouraged us to read and read your books to us as children, I love that it's my turn to do the same. Thank you for making it entertaining and heartfelt for all, I find that I don't want to put them down! We are on "Otherwise known as Shelia the Great"!!!
Thank you so much!!
Just finished reading In The Unlikely Event. I could not put it down until I finished two days later. I was a freshman at St. Mary's High School during the time of the three plane crashes. When the second crash occurred I was absent from school that day due to an illness or I would have been at the candy store mentioned in the book as that was my routine after each school day. Thank you for all the info on how many lives were lost and effected by these accidents. I remember one in particular who lived in the building that was destroyed. Can't wait to pass this book on to the rest of my family to read. Thank you for bringing me back.
Bought my first book from Audible recently..."In The Unlikely Event"...My favorite part of the day is late at night after a shower, crawling under the quilt and listening to this book as it plays on my pillow. Judy, you never disappoint!
Dear Judy Blume,This is Aditya from Nepal.I am studying at Fourth grade and I have fallen in love with you books.Actually your books were the life saviour while we were going a lot of pain during an earthquake. It was the Fudge Series books which helped us forget our pain. Thank You very much and keep writing more books for us.
Hi Judy Blume. Right now I am reading you book Blubber it is an awesome book so far. Me and my Mum are doing this thing that basically I read two chapters and then she reads the same two chapters that I have just read. Also I love reading it calm's me down when I am angry, sad or lonely. Thank's Lozza 😃
Dear Judy, My name's Jenna and I'm an Autistic, Christian, Brain Damaged Author. My writing isn't published although, many people tell me I should get it published. I loved the Junie B. Jones series as a kid. She reminded me of me,LOL! Will you if it's not too much trouble send me 3 autographed Junie B. Jones books? One for me and one for my aunt who's a teacher, and my brother who's a teacher. I would be most excited if you did as well as my brother and aunt. Please write back sincerely your Autistic author fan, Jenna
Dear Ms. Blume, Why did you call the newspaper the "Elizabeth Daily Post," instead of the "Elizabeth Daily Journal?" The Journal was the 2nd oldest newspaper in the country before it went out of business.
Hi I just read tales of a fourth grade nothing I love it my favorite part is when fudge ate Peter's turtle
Judy Thank you for your latest book. I grew up in Elizabeth until I was 9 then moved to Linden. Your descriptions of the city,the names of streets and stores brought back so many memories. I was only 1 when the planes crashed but I can recall my mom and neighbors discussing the events many years later and I also found clippings of the news stories in my attic. The incidents remained fresh in my mind through out my teen years. Ironically your mention of Joseph Fluet, the national safety inspector caused me to jump out of my seat. For those who don't know , he is not a fictional character but real and my husband's uncle! Guess what hubby is reading the book.
In your authors note you cited Ronne Jacobs which was a friend of mine from SC who died recently. Could this be the same Ronne. She was one of the classiest ladies I have ever met. WE loved to walk and talk about books at our homes at Wild Dunes in SC. Is this the same Ronne Jacobs? Saw you in Madison CT line was too long to try and chat about Ronne. Loved the book.
So, I am in the middle of reading In The Unlikely Event Of! Brother flies in from Newark airport for a family event. Now I am a bit nervous due to book contents! Makes it here okay. Now, is going to fly back. Flight is cancelled! Must leave the next day, I am very nervous as I have now finished book! Does get back to Newark safely. Great Read! He also is a Prof. at Hunter College part time, lots of familiar places in book! A must read for everyone!
Just read the story in NY Daily News about your helping a husband who I am sure quite innocently and inadvertently tossed a treasured copy of one of your best books.
You always were, are and will be one of the world's best human beings.
Thanks for being part of my world and my childrens world.
I just finished "In the Unlikely Event" and cannot remember when I enjoyed a book so much. I was in high school during the early 50's so everything was so familiar to me. LOVED IT
I absolutely loved, loved "In the Unlikely Event", as my daughter loved all your books when she was young. But the greatest thing was your mention of Bradley Beach. I grew up there in the 50's and loved living in a small town where everyone knew everyone. My husband is always teasing me about how small it is, etc, so I ran in with the book and showed him where a best seller writes about Bradley Beach. Brought back so many memories. Thank you.
Was in Elizabeth all during the period you write about! Was at Hamilton JHS when the one went down on Westfield Ave. My family took in a classmate from the Janet Memorial orphanage when that one happened and he stayed with up permanently. My Great aunt Helen Paulmen was the principal at Battin when that one happened. Am going to get my hands on a copy of your book! Looking forward to reading it and reliving the 50's! Best wishes!! Don Laird
Love your new book "In The Unlikely Event". It brought back many memories. I lived at the Janet Memorial Home in the sixties & seventies when it was an all girls home. I remember being told the stories of the plane crashes. While reading the book, I found myself at times closing my eyes and "seeing" once again all the places you wrote about. A well written story.
I love your writing.
Dear Ms. Blume, Thank you so much for a trip down memory lane. "Unlikely" took me back to the 50's in the geography and social habits of the time.
I loved the 3 references to Spirito's which is still a family favorite restaurant. I felt like I was reliving those wonderful days in Elizabeth.
I was in 1st grade when the terrible events happened and remember going to see the sites after to pay our respects. I taught in Elizabeth for over 40 years and have a special place in my heart for the city.Your books were a special part of my classroom reading.
Thank you so much for putting Elizabeth on the map.
i love shiela the great its so awsome.
I love your books. I want to be an author too, and you are my role model. I sent you an email, but I don't know if you would ever read it or respond to it. I just wish I could know for sure that you read this comment But still, I really think you are amazing.
I lived in Elizabeth during the time of the three crashes. At the time we had moved from Hillsde Rd to Parker Rd. One of the crashes happened not too far from my house,another near Battin High School,but I can't remember where the third took place. Can you help me out? By the way our class president was black. I cannot remember her name. I am going to get your book and know I will enjoy it. Hopefully some memories. Joan
Our book club has read your book Smart Women this month and we can not find discussion questions. Can you recommend where to find questions? We love your books and appreciate your style of writing. We humbly ask for your help in this matter.
Thank you in advance for any help.
Big fan and member of the Pagetuners book club.
In the Unlikely Event was an incredible book, so great that I am cowering in my bed right now as I am on the flight path to the Oskosh EAA world fly-in AND the Milwaukee Air and Water Show which has just started...thunderbirds here, harrier jets and bombers there, experimental aircraft everywhere...oh my!
I love your books my favourite book of yours is; our you there God it's me Margret, I love this as it relates to the feelings in depth that a girl round in their teens go through, I also look up to you because in our you there God it's me Margret you go into lots of depth as you should. Please can you write a sequel as my mum suggested it to me as she read it at my age. I was never into reading but when I read your book it all clicked and I couldn't put the book down so please write a sequel.
If your ever in England please come into my school as lots of children in my school (including me) would love to hear all that you would tell us.
I knew Judy when she was a kid, I am older than she . I knew her parents, I lived on
Salem Ave.Elizabeth, when the planes crashed. Her book brought back a lot of memories.I was born on one of her poet streets, Keats Ave. I was a first cousin to her friends, Edith and Barnard and Toby.
Dear Judy Blume,
I just read your book Superfudge and I loved it.I was wondering if we could make it a movie.You could be the director since you made the book.If we make a movie can I be
Hi Judy i love you books so much i'm in the middle of reading Tales of fourth grade nothing i'm on page 22 my mom got because i needed it for school (did you see minions i did't my cousin Adriana saw it i almost told her (why did't you take me) i think fourth graders are going to love your book's -Daniela
Jani (Zwillman) Jonas
Hi Judy, Thank you for the wonderful novel, "In the Unlikely Event"..loved it. Love all your books. Two questions...Longy Zwillman is/was my uncle. (Dads brother) Our family is very curious about the connection as he popped up so many times in the book!!! Our entire family has read the book, even the oldest surviving "Zwillman" who is 91. Also, as the "youngest" family member, we have been trying to compile a book/ movie..etc on Uncle's life. I was the person responsible for all the pictures of our family in the Mob Museum...we flew out to Vegas before completion to do the "family Wall of photos".. perhaps someday you would be interested in doing a book, he was such a truly colorful character...led two lives...would love to help you with the real information. Next question...I am the Assistant Executive Director at the YM-YWHA in Union ( right on the border of Elmora area in Elizabeth) So I even enjoyed the geography of the book even more!!! We are a small, (poor) Jewish Community Center, still left in Union on the border of Elizabeth, and servicing the mostly-now Orthodox Community. How cool would it be to do a speaking engagement about the book at our Y???? I imagine we couldn't afford it, but you can't blame me for trying ( its my job!!!) Anyway, would look forward to hearing from you on either topic... my direct contact number is 908-313-9443, or the above email address. PS...As soon as the book came out, I must have received at least 50 calls from friends who read the "Zwillman" passages before me!!! I'm not sure if you realized how many of us are still around... about 12 cousin from the direct lineage of Uncle Abe. I would also be happy to share with you what we have so far in the movie completed. Thanks so much for your time, Jani
I have been a fan for many years. Superfudge was my favorite book ever as a child,and I have enjoyed reading it with my children. I was really excited to read your new book. I have a daughter named Delaney and I was THRILLED to see a character in the new book is named Mrs . Delaney!!
Dear Judy, Just finished reading In the Unlikely Event. My wife got it for me and I read it in two days at the Sea Bright Beach where we go. I was 8 in Elizabeth, vaguely remember the plane crashes,
my father and mother went to one of them to help people, not sure which one. the book brought back a lot of great memories, Goerke's, Pamel's, Levy Brothers, wish you had mentioned Fanny Farmer candy store, right across street from Goerke's, my mother manager there for 35 years. God keep you well and I will now read the 100 True Tales of Murders and Mobsters by Jon Blackwell. Thanks for the memories
My second favorite novel was (Are you there God) a Judy Blume. The first was "A Wrinkle in Time-Madeline L.Engle", I was in first grade when I read both during a summer read a thon. I read several others afterward that you've written.Thank you for inspiration throughout my life. It is something I will always cherish.
I have given myself an assignment to write to an author I admire every month, and this month it's YOU! It has been many years since I first read your books. Now I can say that about a lot of authors, but if you asked me to name them, I couldn't. That is what is different about you. You write books that stick with us and give us food for thought for decades. Thank you for your compassion, your insight and your sense of fun. I appreciate your talent!
Your Longtime Fan…Susan
Sorry I forgot to put in my Email but I did now
Hi Judy,you are my favorite writer and I look up to you very much.I would like it if you write another chapter book for kids.If you could come to my school next year it would mean the world to me.If you would like to think about it my school is: Sahuaro Ranch elementary.Thank you for probably reading this message
I lived and graduated from Verona High School, NJ and I am 4 years older than you. I remembered when you start writing and were living in NJ.
I am a fan and just started reading In the Unlikely Event and can't stop reading. I remember everything you are writing about- Weequahic High School group, BBG's. Thank you for writing about "my good old days."
I first want to tell you that I am an elementary school teacher and have been reading your books to my students for years. I love them as much as they do, but now I want to tell you about my reaction to your latest book. I loved it. I grew up on Westfield Avenue in Elizabeth, and although I was only three years old, I remember the plane crashes. I grew up two blocks up from Mother Hubbards, and loved their hamburgers and pie. My grandfather Charles Stein built the old "Y" and the first buildings on Elmora Avenue. I went to Temple B'nai Israel and Rabbi Chertoff was my rabbi and even married me. My father was a radiologist who had his practice in our house at 715 Westfield Avenue. I had a friend whose last name was Monsky. I attended The Vail-Deane School and remember the Janet Memorial Home vividly. My grandmother lived at 1122 Harding Road. As you can already surmise, I loved your book because it brought back such wonderful memories of what Elizabeth was like in the 1950's. I think the way you made it into a story was wonderful as I could relate to the characters of those times. Than, you for bringing back so much happiness to me and cherishing your childhood memories as much as I did.
Dear Judy Bliume, I love your books as much as I love you!
My favorite book that you made is blubber, It's not the end of
The world, Igigs house, and Are you there God it's my Margret.
You are my number one favorite Author in my list! But my favorite book you made is Bubber. I think you would be a famous American some day. Love, Christine Yoo
I BEG you to send me a character map so I can better enjoy In the Unlikely Event. I am so captivated by the story, but I can't keep anyone straight, besides Miri and Natalie and the Dancer and Mason. And the dog. As a caretaker of a spouse with cancer, I could really use the cheat sheet. Yours fondly, Jennifer
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