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This is Steve Gordon, Zelda Gendell/Ellen Gordon's eldest son. You may recall that we met several years ago, when you spoke at Marymount College in Manhattan, where my wife, Alyson Richman, was then an adjunct professor. The reason I'm writing you now is that she noticed in your interview in this month's "Book Page" magazine your reference to being in the car with your friend Zelda when you heard about the first plane crash on the radio (I can only imagine how she must have reacted to that!). She showed it to my 9-year old daughter, who beamed with pride at the mention of her paternal grandmother, whom she tragically never got the chance to meet. (As an aside, we named my 11 year-old-son Zachary after my mother, but he's a jock, surprisingly, so it didn't seem to have the same effect on him.)
I think my mother would have been very proud of the fact that I married an author of fiction (a fairly successful one, at that, if you'll forgive me for bragging about her). Alyson writes historical fiction, often dealing with Jewish or artistic themes in Europe during WWII. Her fourth novel, "The Lost WIfe", has been optioned as a movie by Relativity Media, and she has toured the country via the Jewish Book Council for that novel as well as her most recent one. She regrets the fact that my mother never got the chance to be her proofreader, but it's still been nice to keep a literary influence in the family.
Anyway, congratulations on all the success with your new book, and hope you have a great summer.
My mother, Corinne, told me many stories of your families in Elizabeth-was it Fred or Herman that your character wanted to marry? Would you like to see my inherited compacts?
i AM READING YOUR BOOK ABOUT TH PLANE CRASH IN ELIZ I AM ENJOYING IT SO MUCH YOUR DESCRIPTIONS THAT I RECALL I GRADUATED FROM BATTIN IN 1943 from AS SOON AS I FINISH THIS BOOK I WILL GO ON TO YOUR OTHERS
I would just like to say you were my favorite author growing up! Are You There God? It's Me Margaret got me through puberty! Now my daughter is starting puberty so I ordered it for her. I also remember reading Forever with my friend. We had to hide it under her bed because it was banned from our libraries. Thank You for fighting against censorship!!
A Fan. A teacher. A parent. A writer.
I read Iggie's House in class and I fell in love with the book. I read the first and some of the second chapter of Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing.
Hello Judy, I just wanted to say that I love you books. The Pain and the Great One reminds me of my brother, the pain, and me the great one. I love to write and read. I have all of you Fudge books and one Pain and the Great One. Please keep writing books.
I love all of your books
Judy, thank you so much for the "Fudge" series. We read them in school back in the early 80's. Your books changed my life as a child. Thank you so much for sharing your gift.
Judy-I just watched your interview on the View & can't wait to read your new book😍I've been a fan since I was 10 years old & first read "Are You There God It's Me Marogaret". Even though your books were banned by my religious school, my Mom bought every one for me & I saved the books & all my 4 Daughters LOVED them!!! My Daughters & i have, also loved all your adult novels. I just want to thank you for being e true blessing & inspiration to the women in my family!😊💗
Jody Anne Fitzpatrick
Thank you Ms. Blume...you are a true inspiration....Can not wait to read Summer Sisters.
I work in the prison system, I see a lot, read a lot and hear a lot. Have you ever thought about writing a book on the effects of children visiting jails/prisons and children growing up in juvenile hall or in the penal system? I know I put several topics into one but I think any or all would be an interesting read.
I graduated in 1959 from Battin. At the time of the plane crash by Battin, I was going to St. Mary's. The day of the crash it was raining but when I went to school in the a.m. it was not. Therefore by Mom walked to the school to bring an umbrella. When we were walking down South St. the plane crashed, at the time we had no idea what had happened. We later found out.
Every time I see a Dairy Queen I remember the crash. I told my children and grandchildren about it.
I did not remember about the other two crashes.
I have been a fan of your books and am looking forward to reading "In the unlikely event".
Just thought I would tell you how much I enjoyed your books. I worked in the elementary library at our school in the 70's and 80's and read many books so I could suggest a book to a child. I was unaware that any of your books were censored. I guess they didn't read the books to see how good they were. Can't wait to read your newest book and I plan on buying some of the books I am missing for my grandchildren to read. God Bless You, Judy Blume you are one of my favorite children authors as well as adult author.
I just happened to catch Ms. Blume on The View this morning, and I wanted to express how much we loved her books. One of my fondest memories of my kids growing up was one morning at breakfast when I was reading to them (before school) and I read the chapter about Fudge swallowing Peter's turtle. We laughed so much that it was hard to get out the door! The "kids" are now 45, 44, 43 and that morning still comes up in conversation. Thanks...
Hi Judy: Congratulations on your new release. So happy that you wrote about Elizabeth. I remember the plane crashes so well because I saw the first one as it flew over our house on Glenwood Rd., flames streaming from one of the engines, before crashing down the street from our Hamilton Jr. High.
Have recently seen Bobby Pearl and Billy Mangel, who mentioned you. We were 1 or 2 gra if grades behind you. My dad was Superintendent of schools (J. Harry Adams)if that stirs your memory at all. Either way, I'm very proud of you, an Elizabeth girl who's talent and heart have been an inspiration to so many. My very best wishes....Marty Adams
Hey! I was just reading your book "Superfudge" to my little sister, and I don't mean to be rude, but I found a mistake. On page 52, Chapter 6(Farley Drexel Meets Rat Face) in the second paragraph, you wrote "I tried taking to him softly" instead of "I tried talking to him softly". Again, I don't mean to be rude, but i thought I should tell you. Also, I am a writer, too, and I've written two books. I was inspired to write my own books when I was littler and I read one of your books. So thank you so much for inspiring me! When I grow up I want to be either an author or an editor. Thank you!
Chapter 1-you said my name right fudge and tootsie!
Chapter 2-the real author/ artist
i will send you my draft
Classe de Mme Roux
Nous avons adoré les livres avec Mousse, Peter et Sheila. On en voudrait un nouveau !!
Merci pour ces bons moments de lecture.
La classe de CM1 de l'école du Roussillon.
I also like your website a lot, it looks very good. i was looking for <a href="http://www.xpexplorer.com" title="http://www.xpexplorer.com">www.xpexplorer.com</a> but stumbled upon your website. im very happy with it.
Many years ago I was part of a rescue of a young boy whose car turned over inI90 in Conn.He told me his mother was Judy Bloom "and she is going to kill me" I said no. She is going to be very thankful you are alive. Was that your son. I think he said he lived in Westport
You should make more fuge book If you can can you send me a fuge book I love the books
freckle juice is funny and on page 28 it says grape viegar mustard mayonnaise juice from a lemon pepper and salt ketchup olive oil and a speak of onion.
Dear Judy Blume
Hi Judy Blume! I'm Sylvia.I read your book
`The Pain And The Great One'. It was good and interesting! I heard that this story is about your children. I didn't believe! I want to read more books that you wrote. I think I will like it! The great one was just like my sister and the pain was just like me so I liked it.
I hope to read more books that you wrote!
I've been reading anything and everything of Judy's that I can get my hands on for 25 years! I have now passed a copy of each book onto my son's. When i say a copy, it's because I have doubles just incase one was to get damaged from over use. There were many years throughout my teen years that dissappearing into one of the books was my only happy place. I honestly believe reading 'What kids wish they could tell you' has been vital in the raising of my 5 sons. Judy's books have made me a better mum, wife and person. They are also saved my life, many times over the years and are why I am here today! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there through the publishing of your books when this child/teenager/woman/wife/mum needed something/someone to tell her she was not alone and it would get better x
I just love your fudge series we laugh a lot and find it hilarious. Our class loves the fudge series and we are on the last book. I hope you write more !!!
Grade 4/5, Hope School, Cambodia
Hi Judy! We are reading your books and love them! We have read all of the Fudge books and think they are really funny! We would love you to write more of them. You have helped make our class a very happy one! Thank you and God bless!
I love Judy Blume's books! They are so interesting, and still are to me at my age.
Did u make a book number 2 of forever?
HI Judy Blume!
I totally love your books and you are just an amazing person! Our class is reading the series of peter and fudge and we just love it, we always laugh and smile and... grin lol! hope you keep making awesome fantastic Books! God Bless You!!!!!!!!!!!
Hi Judy! I read "Are you there God, it's me Margaret" back in 1979/80. I was in middle school and got it from the school library. I loved it! I remember the book became very popular with girls in our school. My friends and I would say lines from the book and laugh..."we must, we must, we must increase our bust"...while we did the exercise. When word got out about the book, it was pulled from the library shelves. That was my first experience with censorship. I felt disappointed that other girls would not have the opportunity to read the book and understand that the things they were going through were normal, and they were not alone. To this day, this is still one of my favorite books and is a lasting childhood memory that helped me get through some tough times in my adolescence. Thank you for that.
Ms. Blume, I am a teacher at Batton school. It is now a kindergarten through 8th grade school. I cannot express the pride the students feel when I tell them you went to Battin. The neighborhood has changed since you went here. The situations these children face on a daily basis are daunting. If you ever consider writing another book, perhaps it could be about the students now compared when you went to Battin. I wanted to write about this topic but I am not a writer. Thank you for your books. The urban kids enjoy them so much. So do I!
You should write about what it is like to age, at your age now. Teens are curious about what to expect, so are people my age. I often thought I should keep a 'life list' of the ever fascinating changes of aging, including unexpected, small insults starting with skin tags, coase white chin hairs, thinning of the pads of your feet...fun stuff like that.j
I'm so happy that you decided to write another adult book! I can't wait to read it!
Laura Castro Herrera
Dear Judy, I want to thank you for your children's books. The first time I read Tales of a Forth Grade nothing I was eleven years old, my sister gave to me as Birthday present a collection of five books written by you, it included Tales of a Forth grade nothing, Blubber, Are you there God? It's me Margaret, Then again maybe I won't and Other wise known as Sheila the Great. I loved every minute I sat down to read and made me love books for the first time in my life. When the time came and my children were old enough to read I shared your books with both my son and daughter, and they still have fond memories of them. Now I'm a grandma to an almost 9 year old grandson who just became a big brother two months ago, and just last week I got your special Aniversary edition of Tales of a Forth grade nothing to start reading it with him when he stays with me, he laughs alot with Peter's and Fudge's interactions. So just think how wonderful it is, that your stories are being shared by a third generation!!! Thank you very much for all your wonderful stories!!!!
i love all of your books
Dear Judy Blume,
My name is Logan and I read your book Freckle Juice. I did not like the book because it was boring and it made me mad. It’s not that scary to take a shower so I didn’t understand why Andrew didn’t want to take a shower. Like, I took a shower last night and it wasn’t that bad. I know that Andrew said that taking a shower makes him late for school, but Andrew could wake up at like 5am or he could a take shower after school. Also, I think Andrew is dumb because you can’t grow freckles with juice, and he should know that. Or, he should have had a tester to see what happens when you take the juice. Maybe he should have read the ingredients over and thought, “there is no way I can make freckles with this junk!” He should have known that the recipe was a trick. So, the book was boring and I did not understand why Andrew wanted freckles or wouldn’t take a shower.
Why did you write this book, and why do you write books? I was wondering if you ever wanted freckles and if that is where you got the idea? Also, I was wondering if you like Star Wars, and TV shows? Do you like to draw, and if so how well do you draw? Does your family like your books?
Thanks for reading my letter. Have a great day!
Question - will there be books for sale and will Judy be signing at the BookCon event? Can we get autographs there?
I am writing A book and If I can I will email it to you for advice
Hi Judy, I am a big fan of your books. My 5 older sisters and some of my older brothers also loved reading your books when they were my age.
I'm excited to see that you are coming to Berkeley, my home town.
My mom and I want to invite you for Shabbos dinner. Do you do Shabbos? My parents run the Berkeley Chabad Jewish Center and it would be so cool to have you as a guest. We have lots of guests on Friday night and it's really fun. We make homemade sourdough challah and dips and other goodies.
Please let us know by emailing back to my Mom's email address:/>Looking forward to seeing you in Berkeley.
where did you live during your life. what influenced you to become and auther. what kind of literature did you enjoy.
I know Judy will probably never read this, but I wanted to tell her Thank You. When I was in the 1st grade, my family was going through a horrible time. My mother was absent and my father, my two younger brothers, and myself were living in a tiny trailer in nowhere Texas. My father began reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing to me. It changed my life. I fell in love with Peter and Fudge. It reminded me so much of my younger brothers. It introduced to to both my first narrative, and my story building imagination. I have read nearly every book Ms. Blumenthal has written. To this day she is still my favorite author. My daughter is 4. When she turns 5 I plan to begin her on the same series where I found my love of words.
Even if you never see this,
I wanted you to know you changed my life.
What is your new book that is coming out on June 2nd about and what is the title
We have an author study at our school and I am doing you! I want to know do you think about the six elements of litrauture before you write a book? I love the book Are you there God, Its me Margret! Thanks!
I was in St.Mary's High School when the plane crashed in Elizabeth, N.J. Our school was l block away. My mom was working on the switchboard for N.J.
Bell taking calls from the burning homes.She said all she heard were screams. She kept telling them to jump or run out of the house but they were trapped. My mom heard the screams in her mind for many months afterwards. I reserved your book in large print because of my macular degeneration. I am 7th on the list. Can't wait to read it.
Saw your interview on Sunday morning this am. My heart did a flip when you mentioned the December 16/51 plane crash in Elizabeth NJ. That was my father's plane that went down that day. We were living in Florida at the time and my mother (now 97) was pregnant with my brother, who was born in February 1952. So very strange to hear that somebody remembers this.
Congrats on your new book!
Wanted to let you know that my daughter grew up reading your books and loved them...
As for me, also an Elizabeth , NJ neighbor, i also saw a share of plane crashes but mostly smaller commuters. Do you remember the floating gas tanks iff Florida street?
I experienced a couple there however in the 60's...
I lived at 150 Franklin St in a very mixed neighborhood but truly enjoyed it as Im sure you did as well.
Best of luck to you Judy and would love ti hear back from you when in Miami ( Coral Gables) where I presently live-
Dear Ms. Blume - Just saw you on CBS Sunday Morning. My brother-in-law remembers those crashes and said they occurred because the planes had orders to make turn maneuvers for noise abatement over Elizabeth. To this day planes from Newark Airport do not take off over Elizabeth because of those crashes.
You probably knew this already but I just wanted to share.
Diane Blume Hupcey
(no relation LOL);-)
I just watched your appearance on CBS Sunday Morning! I grew up reading your books! My husband (who is a 38year old Lawyer) still has Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing in his collection of books at our home.
We were even more overjoyed to see that you in live in Key West. It is one of our most favorite places in the world to visit!
Thank you for making our childhood memories even sweeter with your books!
I feel the same way about Hannah the way Peter feels about Fudge,(sometimes).
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