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I grew up in the Elmora section of Elizabeth, went to Abraham Lincoln School #14, Hamilton Jr, HS, and graduated from Battin HS class of 1967. I returned to teach at Hamilton for about 5 years.
I received your book today and cannot wait to begin reading it. I have twin daughters and you have been a staple in our reading library throughout their lives.
I attended ELSA HEILICK SCHOOL OF DANCE held at the Masonic Temple, which I hated big time.
There, I met a survivor of one of the crashes, she was so severly buned all over her body. We attended dancing school together. I will always remember how strong she was, how she held her head so high, and how she was my partner and how we walked together into that room where we had to present to MS Heilick.
We all have different recollections of significant moments in our lives that we never forget. I would very much love to know if there is any record of this special survivor and her future story,
If you can provide me with any additional information you might know about this special young lady, her family, amd their story I would be so appreciative.
Thank you, Mimi
Loved your new book!! My Fourth of July read! Thanks
In the Unlikely Event took me right back to those horrid days of the crashes. And, on a happier note, I was once again at Schutt's, The Tavern, the Elks Club, YMHA, Georke's, Levy's and Fishman's. (And the Children's Country Home on a less happy note.) My Mother was a nurse at Eliz. General Hospital and cared for a man who survived the crash en route to FL, but lost his wife and child. His parents invited my Mother to accompany him on train to their FL home, and they entertained her royally. Thanks for the memory trip!
thank you for all your books. I've read everyone but Unlikely is my very favorite. I will sing its praises as I share with my family and friends
I'm just starting to read In The Unlikely Event, what a title, so looking forward to reading something I will not discard after the first few pages. I grew up with your books, and you're what inspired me to writie August Moon (to be published soon). We have such a similar writing style, love you!
I so enjoyed hearing you on NPR today and I can't wait to read your new book. Your interview brought back such a rush of emotions that I found myself suddenly weeping in my car on the way to buy dog food! I had an extremely difficult childhood and books were my only solace and escape. Your literary voice and the lives of your characters were my life raft, and I could never thank you enough for tossing them out to those of us who were floundering. I deeply regret having missed your recent tour. I hope you realize that, for at least one little girl many years ago, you were a savior. Thank you.
P.S. On a lighter note: My first pet was, of course, a bird named Uncle Feather!
Dear Judy Blume,
My sister has just alerted me to your new book on the Elizabeth, NJ plane crashes. I was standing in our living room on Harding Road when I saw the first plane fly over the house across the street - it was on fire, bits were dropping off and it was descending pretty fast. I went to tell my parents and they didn't believe me. Half an hour later the phone rang. It was my uncle, a reporter for the Elizabeth Journal, who as at the crash site.
Dear Judy, Thank you for being on Tom Ashcroft's show this morning, with Jane. I recognized your name but didn't know who you were. Since I went to Miami Beach High many years ago, your name rang many bells. When I heard your voice, and then all the callers, I started to cry. I'm a big N.P.R. fan, and I've heard a lot of interviews. But the unvarnished, open love that went on between you, is something I, and many of us, need to hear. Thank you, Danny, Aventura, Florida.
I am a big fan of your work and was wondering if you plan to publish any more books like "Are you There God? It's me, Margaret." and "Just as Long as We're Together" I don't mean with the same characters or plot or anything, I mean with a similar setting and characters of that age range. I found those books very enjoyable and easy to relate to considering my age and current experiences.
It's difficult to find books that depict girls as spot-on as you do,and don't go overboard on the drama or profanity. So maybe you can understand why I'm sharing this suggestion with you.
I enjoyed your other works as well, but as I grow older, I find myself more attached to your books geared towards a pre-teen audience. So if you have the time, could you possibly consider similar ideas? I understand you must be very busy and being an author takes time, but it's just a suggestion. You don't have to if you don't want to.
Thanks for reading,
I was excited to learn you had a new book! I read your books when I was in my young teens and my kids have read your classics as well! i had to work today but sent my hubby to buy In the Unlikely Event the minute the Chapters/Indego opened today!! Secured my copy and can't wait to start reading!
Dear Ms Blume
I have grown up on your books and followed that passion right into the library. I am a librarian for a small library outside of Chicago in East DBQ IL. What would it take for you to come to my library and sign or meet us with your newest book In the Unlikely Event. I would be thru the moon just to say I met my hero.
Thank you for taking the time to post your tips & wise words and share your stories! I enjoyed your books as a kid and look forward to reading the adult books. Ashamed to say, I haven't read them yet and I am an avid reader. Hope you have a wonderful day!
Hi Mrs. Blume
I know your busy but I wanted to see if I could get some advice. I have been writing my autobiography. I just writer as it comes out of my head. I don't know where a chapter begins. I want to know where do it start. I don't have a lot of money. I know I need editing. When you sent in your manuscript did you have it edited it first or just sent it in. This is something I've wanted to do for most of my life. If you could give me any advice that would help. I'd really appreciate it
I've read your book about a boy covering his crohc with books when he saw pretty girls. I did not understand the problem, until I move to the USA.
wrong underwear. Stupid really.
It was so wonderful to meet you in person in Elizabeth, if even for just a moment. You have been so gracious to acknowledge my book, Replacement Child, in yours and recommend it for "people who are interested in the true story of one family caught up in the tragedy of the second plane crash." As you know, it is a story close to my heart, and I appreciated how in In The Unlikely Event you were true to the historical background that was the backdrop to your wonderful fictional story. I loved the details about Elizabeth, of course, having spent much of my childhood on those streets near my dad's jewelry store. And, I was tickled by the mention of his store--Goldblatt's! He would have loved that! I was captivated by Miri's story and how you brought to life that period of time and how that community was surely reverberating from these mysterious plan crashes. Thank you for this book--and I am thrilled to have been any small part in your original research! With love, Judy Mandel
I read In the Unlikely Event. While I really enjoyed the story and its dynamics, I was very disappointed in the fact that you did not capitalize the word God in any point in your reference to Him. I assume you know that Jews do not reverence idols but worship the one true God.
I just saw her live now at Downtown Toronto . Yonge & Bloor library in Toronto, Canada. the biggest library in North america. 6/29/2015. Actually i don't know her or her books but the live talk or can i call it an interview was great. wow all i can say is wow. lots of people though almost 300 people here now. well i will read more about her. shes is blessed i pray God continues to bless her and more grace to her elbow (Its a proverb) figure it out. Am a new fan or reader of your books. Bless
Thank you. Just that. Thank you.
I was in 5th Grade and 4 blocks away from the World Trade Center at PS 234 on September 11, 2001. I don't know if us 9/11 kids crossed your mind when you were writing "In the Unlikely Event," but I do want to thank you for the book, and also to publicly thank my 5th grade teacher, Sandy Bridges, and all the other PS 234 adults who--unlike Miri's teachers-- knew that we needed to talk about it.
I love JB's books. Do you?
I know its a little late in life to read a children's book but I just read ,"Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret." I found it delightful. I saw you on "The View." I had heard of your books because of of my granddaughter's, the one who reads, used to get me to take her to the bookstore to buy your books. I'm glad I did.
I have purchased your new book for adults. I think it will be my next read.
JUDY i love you when i was little i used to whatch your movies now i read them your number 1 fan ambar
Thank you so much for writing about the plane crashes as horrible as they were. I was born in Elizabeth, NJ in 1950, moved to Texas in 1953 and my parents never mentioned the crashes so I was so shocked to find out they had happened. My guess is it was such a sad time my parents didn't want to talk about the tragic events. I have only been back to Elizabeth once so I enjoyed reading about places I heard about from my Dad. My grandparents lived on Westminister Avenue, my Dad went to Pingry School and we moved in 1951 to Cranford. The one time I went back. my aunt took me to a restaurant that was owned by Dorothy Dennis. In addition to learning about the place I was born, I enjoyed the characters in the book. Thank you for giving me a little piece of my childhood history.
Judy Blume I love you I have al your books plz make more soon
Hi Ms Blume, I have been a reader of your books the majority of my life. I am now reading an unlikely event which I am enjoying despite the sad events that are a large part of the story. I love the time period and the music involved as I used to listen with my Nana to a classic station so it brings back wonderful memories. Thank you so much for all the wonderful books you have enriched my life with and bringing back memories of my mother too. I wish you the best ,
Hi Judy! Just heard the feature on All Things Considered about your "Sally J Freedman" winters in Miami Beach -- LOVED it!! I discovered that book when I was in 6th grade and was thrilled there was actually a Judy Blume book I hadn't yet read! I wondered if Sally was you when you were that age Thanks so very very much for ALL your works. As so many readers have told you, you made a HUGE positive difference in my childhood and young teen years, helping me realize I was normal in so many ways when I needed to hear it the most!! So glad you're still writing (well, you're much too young to retire)...please keep it up, you are a treasure.
Judy, thank you so much for speaking at the Greenwich Library. You were wonderful! I laughed, I cried, I applauded for Blubber! What more could you ask for! A group of women so diverse, yet united in their love of reading, and their love of reading you! Look at the good you have brought to the world! Warm regards, Robin
Hi judy! I have read every single one of your kids books, and all of the young adult books. (Expect Forever, but i reaaaalllly want to.) My favorite is probably Tiger Eyes. It is so inspiring, and a wonderful story. Thank you for writing theses books, because basically that is all that is on my bookshelf.
Weíre about the same age, and I grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey. I remember the three plane crashes only too well. A good friend of my fatherís had treated his daughter, her husband, their four children to a trip home--and all were killed in one of the crashes. No one could comfort the man, nothing could ease the pain of his guilt. He went from being president of a large company in New York City to an alcoholic, eventually unable to work. A sad story in every way. Since the memory is still so strong, Iím not sure if I can read your new book--much as Iíve been waiting for it.
That said, Iíve read every one of your books--the ones for kids as our girls were growing up--and loved them all. You are a brilliant writer, and I admire your insights and the way you are able to get into the heads of young people. Thank you, thank you! A couple of your books got points across to our girls in ways nothing I could say ever would.
Nice to read that youíre happy in Florida, enjoying the good life. Take care. Thank you again for the pleasure of your fiction.
I have been a fan since I was 8 years old, the first book bought for me was Starring Sally J. Freedman as herself. I still read the book on occasion and it still makes me smile!
Am reading your latest book, and having lived in the Elmora section of Elizabeth in the 40's and 50's I well remember the crashes, and all the places mentioned in your novel. I remember how tramatized I was by the events. Our family had driven to the crash sites. I am reliving all the emotions.
There's a passage (three paragraphs to be exact) in "Censorship: A Personal View" that always gives me chills. As a reader, writer, and college-level English teacher, I want to thank you for these words.
As I understand it, the essay was initially written as an introduction to Places I Never Meant to Be. In any case, it's been reprinted (with permission) in our course textbook. As such, I discuss it with my Comp 2 students every semester because--as developing critical thinkers--they need to hear (and, I hope, truly consider) these words too.
Thank you for being brave.
Write a nother Fudge book I love them
I forgot to mention that I bought the book when I went to your presentation at Temple Judea in Miami, sponsored by Books & Books.
I am representing the Placenta Library Friends Foundation which handles an annual Author's Luncheon which is our biggest fund raiser for the library (which relies on our funding as they are not apart of the county system and only receive small percentage monies from state. Are you available March 5, 2016 for our function? Thank you for yor consideration
Judy, I was in 7th grade at Alexander Hamilton jr. high during those plane crashes in Elizabeth.It was a scary time with all the rumors going around. I loved the book. It was a trip back into me childhood. I lived on Stiles St off of Magie.went to Battin High.shopped in all those stores you mentioned,took dance lessons from mrs. Rankin and went on to graduate from Elizabeth General Hospital School of Nursing.I married,raised 5 daughters in New Providence N.J. and went back to Elizabeth often to visit parents. I now live in Venice,FL. Thanks for a great story and thanks for the memories.
I am just beginning your latest book and noticed the main characters' last name of Ammerman. I was born in Morristown NJ and my great-grandmother was Sarah Ammerman Smith. She is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Morristown. I was just wondering if it was a common name in your area. I haven't begun the family search of that side of the family yet. My daughter, now 44 has all your early books and now her 14 yr. old daughter has them. Thank you for such great work.
Hi I'm a huge fan of your books. My favourite was Forever when I was a teen and read it so my times. Now has an adult I still love reading that book.
Thank you for those great books and good reading.
Read In the Unlikely Event in one day. Loved the book soooooo much. Based on your recommendation, picked up Replacement Child at my local library which I also completed in one day. Thank you for being such a wonderful writer.
I loved this book. My family is from Elizabeth and I recognized Schutt's, Goerke", etc. I was 6 years old and remember the 3 crashes particularly the 3rd one as I lived right around the corner off Westminster. It roared right over the house before hitting the apartment house. The book brought back vivid memories as if it was yesterday. You incorporated so many real facts - my mother worked at the hospital and saw the baby who was so burned just like Betsy. And of course Mason who was the real life hero Bobby Quinn. Thanks for writing this.
Thank you for every book, every word ever written in those books and your incredible empathic insight to young girls!! I grew reading all your books (and no, the nuns didn't like it)but I did as did my other girlfriends.
thank you and hang in there just finished 2nd time w/ chemo
I loved your book! I grew up in Elizabeth many years ago and was back there again with Miri Ammerman yesterday. You opened my eyes and heart to years, places and people I had almost forgotten. I can't thank you enough for the pleasure you have given me during the past few days. It was a lovely "visit" that I shall long cherish. We lived on Coolidge Rd. My brother is Don Clarick. Leila Poch was my dearest friend and my husband was at the University of New Mexico teaching ob-gyn in the 1980s when we joined you and your husband for lunch one afternoon in Santa Fe. I am so happy for you and wish you continued success and much happiness.
Bobby Clarick Rosenfeld
Laguna Woods. California
I teach Creative Writing 1 and 2 at Boca Raton High School in Boca Raton, Florida. I was wondering if you might consider Skyping with us this school year. I know this is probably a crazy request that may seem audacious, but I know how young people are a passion of yours. It would certainly be a life changing experience for my students. Your books have shaped and molded so many of our adolescent experiences, and I figured it was worth a shot! If you never ask...
Thank you so much for your consideration.
I really enjoy reading your books, back from when I was little and my mom had to read then to me. I really enjoy reading your book and I love all the detail you include in your stories. My favorite characters Is Sheila ( we read Otherwise Known as sheila the great in school). I like Sheila because she reminds me a little of my self because I can be a little bit of a drama queen. I think that the plot in Known as Sheila the Great is perfectly planned out and wonderful detailed. My favorite part of Otherwise Known As Sheila The Great Is when they made a slambook because its such a bad game idea its funny. I also like the part when Jenifer's friend licks Sheila and she thinks shes going to die. In closing, you are one of my favorite writers and I am looking forward to reading more of your books-
best of luck,
Dear Judy Blume,
I was very interested in reading your book,''Otherwise known as Sheila the Great'',for many reasons. I think your books are funny, your jokes and the language made us laugh in class. I also like how you make the characters feel alive and how you describe them. I like how you describe the setting and the words you put.I also like the plot and I am looking forward to reading one of your books and for Summer Homework.
Dear Judy Blume,
I was very interested in reading your book"Otherwise Known As Sheila The Great" for many reasons. I really like your characters character traits. For example, Sheila says that she can't swim because she is sick, even though she is scared of swimming. Also,I can relate your characters to my life, like when Sheila says that is allergic to dogs, even though she is scared of dogs. I also love the setting and plot of Tarrytown. For example, the Headless Horseman scares Shelia In conclusion, after reading your book "Otherwise Known As Sheila The Great" with my 6/5th grade ELA class, I really loved your style of writing.
Yours truly, Matthew
PS Make a book about modern society
Hi, Judy, I grew up at 930 Park Avenue (the only modern split level in the area), went to School #21, Hamilton and Battin. I left Elizabeth in 1973 (my family moved to Phoenix) and your book is bringing back so many memories that I thought were forgotten - Levy Bros, Goerkes, Bnai Israel, Vail Deane, Pingry, et al. I caught the 24 bus right across the street from my house to get to Hamilton and Battin and remember waiting in the freezing cold in high school, on Broad Street, for the bus to come. It never came soon enough!! I live in Evanston, IL now and have been in the Chicago metropolitan since I graduated from grad school. I've only gone back to Elizabeth for my grandmother's funeral at the JEC and for my 40th Battin reunion. Your book has made it possible for me to go home again and again, and I sincerely thank you for giving me that opportunity. Last, but not least, I would loved this book even if it were not set in Elizabeth; It is wonderful and I was sorry to finish it.
Dear Mrs. Judy Blume,
After reading your book, "Otherwise Known as Sheila The Great", my class and I have been very interested in you and your books. They are very funny because of the language and the jokes you use. There are also relatable characters. For example, Sheila is bossy, fearful, and dishonest. Which a lot of people can relate to. Thank you for adding the topic of dogs in your books (I really like dogs).In all I am really looking forward to to reading more of your books for summer homework. sincerely,
i like your books alot
Dear Judy Blume,
I was excited reading your book,"Otherwise Known as Shelia The Great", for a lot of reasons. It was relatable because I was afraid of spiders just like Sheila.Also, it was funny because of the amazing jokes. It looked like you took your time because you didn't rush to finish it. It also has a lot of details to help us learn more about the characters. I will read more books of yours for summer homework and thank you for making summer homework more fun!
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