Places I Never Meant to Be
Places I Never Meant to Be is a book edited by Judy Blume and first published in 1999. The book is a collection of short stories written by authors who have been censored or banned in some form in the United States. Sales went to benefit the National Coalition Against Censorship; the following authors contributed the stories: Norma Fox Mazer, "Meeting the Mugger" Julius Lester, "Spear" Rachel Vail, "Going Sentimental" Katherine Paterson, "The Red Dragonfly" Jacqueline Woodson, "July Saturday" Harry Mazer, "You Come, Too, A-Ron" Walter Dean Myers, "The Beast Is in the Labyrinth" Susan Beth Pfeffer, "Ashes" David Klass, "Baseball Camp" Paul Zindel, "Love and Centipedes" Chris Lynch, "Lie, No Lie" Norma Klein, "Something Which is Non-Existent" NCAC National Coalition Against Censorship website Book excerpt: Introduction by Judy Blume
Here's to You, Rachel Robinson
Here's to You, Rachel Robinson is a 1993 young adult novel by Judy Blume, the sequel to Just as Long as We're Together. It is an allusion to a real person, Rachel Robinson, the Simon and Garfunkel song, "Mrs. Robinson"; this book is written from the perspective of Rachel Robinson, thirteen years old and the youngest child of three. She is regarded as an overachiever and perfectionist, but explains throughout the book that she finds it difficult being intellectually gifted, uses her perfectionist behaviours as a coping mechanism to deal with problems with her family and with her insecurities regarding her friendships, her immediate family consists of her mother Nell, a high-achieving lawyer and judge, her father Victor, a teacher with a gentle nature, her older sister Jessica, who suffers with cystic acne and the discrimination that comes with it, her older brother Charles, expelled from boarding school and makes their lives a misery. Rachel feels Charles gets all the attention in her family if it is negative, that he is driving their parents to breaking point.
She resents that her brother gets so much attention from teenage girls her friends and Alison. In the book, Rachel has to deal with her crush on Charles' tutor, Paul Medeiros, her worries that Stephanie and Alison prefer each other to her, her frequent invitations to join high-achieving school societies, the fact that the best looking boy in ninth grade, Jeremy "Dragon" Kravitz, may be interested in her. Through family counseling and a trip to Ellis Island, the Robinson family begin to learn how to put aside their differences and become a CLOSER family; the novel's title is a reference to the Simon and Garfunkel song "Mrs. Robinson". Judy Blume's website
Judy Blume is an American writer of children's and young adult fiction. Some of her best known works are Are You There God? It's Me, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Blubber; the New Yorker has called her books "talismans that, for a significant segment of the American female population, marked the passage from childhood to adolescence."Publishing her first novel in 1969, Blume was one of the first authors to write YA novels about topics that some still consider to be taboo including masturbation, teen sex, birth control, death. She was a catalyst for the movement of controversial topics being expressed in children's and/or YA literature. Blume expressed how adults were not honest with her about this information she shares with her readers; this has led to criticism from groups that would like to see her books banned. This controversy has led to the American Library Association naming Blume as one of the most challenged authors of the 21st century. Despite her critics, Blume's books have sold over 82 million copies and they've been translated into 32 languages.
She has won a number of awards for her writing, including ALA's Margaret A. Edwards Award for her contributions to young adult literature, she was recognized as a Library of Congress Living Legend and she was awarded the 2004 National Book Foundation medal for distinguished contribution to American letters. Blume was born on February 12, 1938, raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the daughter of homemaker Esther and dentist Rudolph Sussman, she has a brother, five years older. Her family was Jewish. Blume has recalled, "I spent most of my childhood making up stories inside of my head." She graduated from Battin High School in 1956 enrolled in Boston University. In the first semester, she was diagnosed with mononucleosis and took a brief leave from school before graduating from New York University in 1961 with a bachelor's degree in Education. In 1951 and 1952, there were three airplane crashes in her hometown of Elizabeth. 118 people died in the crashes, Blume’s father, a dentist, helped to identify the unrecognizable remains.
Blume says she "buried" these memories until she began writing her 2015 novel In the Unlikely Event, the plot of which revolves around the crashes. A lifelong avid reader, Blume first began writing when her children were attending preschool, she was living in the New Jersey communities of Plainfield and Scotch Plains, she published her first book, The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo, in 1969. The decade that followed proved to be her most prolific, with 13 more books being published, including many of her most well-known titles, such as Are You There God? It's Margaret. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Blubber. After publishing novels for young children and teens, Blume tackled another genre—adult reality and death, her novels Wifey and Smart Women reached the top of The New York Times Best Seller list. Wifey became a bestseller with over 4 million copies sold. Blume's third adult novel, Summer Sisters, was praised and sold more than three million copies.
It spent 5 months on The New York Times Bestseller list, with the hardcover reaching #3 and the paperback spent several weeks at #1. Several of Blume's books appear on the list of top all-time bestselling children's books. Blume's books have sold over 82 million copies and they've been translated into 32 languages. Judy Blume has won more than 90 literary awards, including three lifetime achievement awards in the US; the ALA Margaret A. Edwards Award recognizes one writer and a particular body of work for "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature". Blume won the annual award in 1996 citing the single book Forever, published in 1975. According to the citation, "She broke new ground in her frank portrayal of Michael and Katherine, high school seniors who are in love for the first time, their love and sexuality are described in an open, realistic manner and with great compassion." In April 2000 the Library of Congress named her to its Living Legends in the Writers and Artists category for her significant contributions to America's cultural heritage.
In 2004 she received the annual Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Medal of the National Book Foundation as someone who "has enriched literary heritage over a life of service, or a corpus of work."The film version of Blume's 1981 novel Tiger Eyes was directed by the author's son, Lawrence Blume. Released in 2012, it stars Amy Jo Johnson as Gwen Wexler. Blume has championed intellectual freedom throughout her career, serving as an advocate against book banning and media censorship. In the 1980's, she began reaching out to other writers, as well as teachers and librarians, to join the cause; this led to Blume joining the National Coalition Against Censorship. All of her efforts go into helping protect the freedom to read, she is the founder and trustee of a charitable and education foundation, called "The Kids Fund." Blume serves on the board for other organizations such as, "the Author's Guild. On August 15, 1959, in the summer of her senior year of college, she married John M. Blume, whom she had met while a student at New York University.
He became a lawyer, while she was a homemaker before supporting her family by writing. They had two children: a therapist.
Blubber is a children's novel by Judy Blume first published in 1974. The narrator of the story is Jill Brenner, a Pennsylvania fifth-grader who joins her classmates in ostracizing and bullying Linda, an awkward and overweight girl. Linda is hence nicknamed "Blubber" by her peers; the story takes place in a suburb of Philadelphia. The entire class ostracizes Linda and, though she is not the heaviest student in their class and her best friend and sidekick Caroline are Linda's chief tormentors and bully her both physically and psychologically; as a member of Wendy's clique, Jill participates in the bullying without remorse, though Wendy and Caroline are the instigators. Linda confronts Jill and threatens her with revenge after one incident, but Jill dismisses the threat, confident of her status and protection as one of Wendy's circle. Jill and her friend Tracy play a prank on their grouch of a neighbor, Mr. Machinist, on Halloween, stuffing raw rotten eggs into his mailbox, but are identified from a photo taken by Mr. Machinist and are made to rake the leaves in his backyard as punishment.
While raking and Tracy find they need to use the toilet. Not wanting to show it,they urinate all over Mr. Machinist's trees as a sort of payback. Remembering Linda's threat, Jill suspects that "Blubber" was the one who tattled on Tracy. To appease Wendy, Jill suggests. To this suggestion, Tracy remarks. Jill soon realizes; the "trial" falls apart when Wendy, as judge, denies Linda her right to a "lawyer", Jill, frustrated with herself for so following Wendy's lead stands up to Wendy, who arouses Jill's anger by making a racial slur against Tracy, Chinese-American. Linda, who'd had been locked in the classroom closet, is set free by Jill. Wendy, furious that Jill has dared to question her authority, threatens to make Jill "sorry born". Jill comes to school the next morning to find that Wendy has made good on her threat and turned the entire class against her, tagging her with the nickname "B. B.". Jill's tormentors include Linda, who has joined with Wendy and is more than willing to bully one of her former harassers.
Jill believes. However, when she tries to laugh at their taunting, they use that to make fun of her. Instead, Jill goes further to fight against the bullying by setting Wendy and Wendy's best friend Caroline against each other, telling Caroline she should make her own decisions and that she is no longer Wendy's best friend, that Linda has taken her place, which Linda affirms. Caroline is hurt and Wendy is furious at Linda. Jill makes friends with Rochelle, a quiet girl in the class who had never participated in the bullying. By the end, although the class atmosphere is tense, no one is being picked on. Jill comments on how the friendships in the class have changed in the classroom but how Tracy is a friend she can always count on having. Jill Brenner — The main character in the book, she goes to a school for fifth and sixth graders. She is shown to be average, she is one of the many people in the class who bullies Linda, she is best friends with Tracy Wu, becomes friends with Wendy and Caroline, but the friendship ends abruptly when she dares to challenge Wendy's authority.
At the end of the book she becomes good friends with a new girl in her class named Rochelle. Unlike many of Judy Blume's main characters, Jill has a mean nature and is quite cruel in her taunting, though she chiefly follows Wendy and Caroline's lead, she is in Mrs. Minish's fifth grade class. Like all the other students in the class, Jill calls Linda "Blubber", she dresses as a flenser for Halloween, instead of being a witch like she was for the last three years. Her chief hobby is stamp collecting, she has problems with math. Wendy — The class president of Jill's class, she is an excellent student, smart and powerful, but uses her power to bully others and control her classmates. She is best friends with Caroline for most of the book but near the end of the book becomes best friends with Linda. At the end she ends up becoming best friends with Laurie, she likes salami a lot, so she always trades lunches with Caroline. In addition, Wendy is manipulative and an excellent liar, she nicknames Linda "Blubber", because Linda presented a report on the whale and she is large-bodied.
She lives in Hidden Valley with Caroline and Linda. She has never been in the same class as Jill, Bruce, or Robby before this year. Caroline — Another classmate of Jill's, she is her sidekick in bullying Linda. She always does what Wendy says, seems to be a little bit afraid of her. Caroline always backs up, she loves tuna fish sandwiches, so she trades lunches with Wendy every day. She calls Linda "Blubber," like everybody else in the class, she lives in Hidden Valley with Wendy and Linda. Near the end of the book, Caroline becomes best friends with Donna Davidson, she has never been in the same class as Jill, Bruce, or Robby before this year. Linda Fischer — A girl in Jill's class, nicknamed "Blubber," since she did a report on whale's fat and is full-figured and plain, she is submissive and does not know how to defe
Summer Sisters is a 1998 novel by Judy Blume. It focuses on the life of the girls Victoria Leonard and Caitlin Somers; because of its heavy sexual content, this Blume novel is aimed squarely at an adult audience, not her tween audience for which she gained popularity. Summer Sisters is a coming-of-age novel about two friends, Caitlin Somers and Victoria "Vix" Leonard, who spend every summer together as teenagers; the girls are polar opposites, Caitlin being beautiful and popular while Vix is a shy but intellectual wallflower. As the years progress the girls become closer but soon find their friendship strained; the novel begins with a phone call from Caitlin to Vix. Caitlin calls to tell Vix that she is marrying Bru. Vix becomes sick with the news. Flashback: Now the reader learns of Vix's family and first encounter with Caitlin. Vix's home life consists of her controlling mother, Tawny, an average-joe father, three younger siblings, Lanie and Vix's favorite: her wheelchair-using brother Nathan.
Tawny is always making Vix feel as though she is not good enough. Vix meets Caitlin in her sixth grade class, Caitlin invites Vix to come to Martha's Vineyard with her for the summer; this is. After much debate, Vix convinces her father to let her go with Caitlin. Vix flies out East from her New Mexico ranch and meets Caitlin's family: her laid-back father, Lambert "Lamb" Somers, her brother "Sharkey", Trisha, an ex-girlfriend of Lamb's, still close with him but has been replaced by Abby, a woman who means well but whom Caitlin dislikes. Abby's son and his friend, Gus vacation with Caitlin's family; this section of the book focuses on the mishaps and adventures that the kids go through, including Vix and Caitlin and their crushes on two older boys, Joseph "Bru" Brudegher and his cousin, Von. When the summer ends and Vix remain friends and continue to attend school together, they make it a tradition for Vix to spend every summer with Caitlin from on, hence the "Summer Sisters." Vix hooks up with Bru and Caitlin with Von.
Vix makes out with Von while high. She thinks that Caitlin set up the whole scenario and they get into a huge argument. Just prior to her senior year of high school, Vix's beloved brother Nathan succumbs to his physical disabilities and dies as a result, leaving Vix devastated. Vix's younger sister, becomes pregnant and has her first child, Lewis joins the military; as the girls mature, they encounter their first heterosexual experiences and Vix's in-depth and long-term relationship with Bru, which continues into her college years when she attends Harvard on a scholarship from The Somers Foundation. Caitlin chooses not to attend and travels abroad. Vix goes to Harvard, she makes new friends, most notably Maia, her uptight roommate whose worrisome ways begin to grow on Vix, but they become close. However, things turn sour when Vix realizes she doesn't know what she wants in life and she and Bru temporarily break up during her Junior year of college. A few months a passionate meeting leads to their renewed faithfulness, but all's well does not end well.
Just before graduation, Bru asks Vix to marry him, but she says no after realizing that they do not want the same things in life. Vix misses Bru, but moves on and casually dates other people, whilst Caitlin has numerous hetero and homosexual escapades in Europe; the girls keep in loose contact over the years, each becoming busy with her own life until the fateful day when Caitlin makes that phone call and tells Vix about her upcoming nuptials to Bru. Caitlin invites Vix to the wedding, she decides to go, only to end up sleeping with Bru the night before. Vix discovers that Bru took not only her virginity but Caitlin's as well; as Bru thinks in the book, "he loves them both... he is glad they have decided for him " Caitlin and Bru get married nonetheless, Caitlin has a daughter, Somers Mayhew Brudegher, whom they call "Maizie". Vix, reconnects with Abby's son Daniel's friend Gus, whom she spent all those summers with years ago at the vineyard, she and Gus fall in love and get married as well. In the final chapters, Vix visits Caitlin again after Caitlin has a breakdown and leaves her family, her marriage to Bru ending in divorce and Bru marrying Star, a local islander.
Vix is pregnant with her first child at this time, a baby boy to be named Nate in honor of her late brother. Caitlin and Vix's meeting is relaxed and the two end up pledging to be best friends forever with each one grateful for the other's presence in her life. In the end, Vix is enjoying married life and motherhood when she and everyone else learn that Caitlin disappears in an alleged boating accident... she was in a boat by herself and, the last time anyone saw her, as the boat turned up empty with Caitlin unaccounted for. Blume is not clear on the true reasons behind Caitlin's disappearance, as no body is discovered and there is no damage or foul play, leading the reader to choose between the possibilities that Caitlin purposely vanished from her family and friends or she did indeed drown; the closing thought is Vix's recount of her "summer sister" and the memories they will always share, wishing that things could have ended differently. Judy Blume's website
Letters to Judy: What Kids Wish They Could Tell You
Letters to Judy: What Kids Wish They Could Tell You is a book published by Judy Blume in 1986. It is not a novel, but a collection of letters from children with responses from Blume. Blume quotes correspondence she receives asking for advice, written by readers of her children's books and girls who feel unable to confide in their parents; the letters come from youngsters 10 years old through the teens and tell about specific problems most of which Blume has addressed in her novels. Some of these kids are loners rejected by peers. A divorced mother herself, Blume is sympathetic to the young people who write to her and sympathizes with parents as well.
Superfudge is a children's novel by Judy Blume, published in 1980. It is the sequel to Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing; this is the second in the Fudge Series. The Hatcher family temporarily moves from New York City to Princeton. Fudge is jealous of his new baby sister, who earns the nickname "Tootsie" from her mother's cute-speak and Grandma's favorite old song. Peter deals with the fallout from Fudge's various problems, which include a spat with his teacher who refuses to use the name "Fudge", antics trying to get rid of Tootsie, his constant desire to involve himself in Peter's activities with Peter's new friend, Alex Santo. In the end, the Hatchers decide to move back to New York City, a decision punctuated by Tootsie's first word which she learns while undergoing a diaper change. Chapter 1: Guess What Peter= Peter and his brother Fudge find out that they're going to have a new baby sister Chapter 2: Cutchie, Cutchie Coo= Peter and Fudge's baby sister, Tootsie is born, Fudge hates her Chapter 3: Another Something Wonderful= Peter and Fudge learn that they'll be moving to Princeton for a year, that Peter will be in sixth grade in the same school where Fudge will be in Kindergarten Chapter 4: Off The Wall= Fudge puts lots of stamps on Tootsie Chapter 5: Small Ones Are Sweeter= In Princeton and his new friend Alex Santo dig for worms and give it to the elderly lady Mrs. Muldour Chapter 6: Farley Drexel Meets Ratface= On the first day of the school, Fudge has problems with his teacher Mrs. Hildebrandt Chapter 7: A Very Cultured Bird= Fudge gets a pet myna bird named Uncle Feather Chapter 8: Naturally Fortified: Peter and Alex go trick or treating for Halloween, they meet Mrs. Muldour's daughter Beverly Chapter 9: Superfudge= Peter and Alex take Fudge and his friend Daniel Manheim to the movies to see Superman Chapter 10: Santa Who= The situation that happened in Christmas.
Chapter 11: Catastrophe= Many mishaps happen for Peter and Fudge when a famous author comes to school Chapter 12: Tootsie Speaks Out: When the Hatchers decide to move back to New York, Tootsie says her first word Peter Hatcher- the main protagonist, who's not happy about his mother being pregnant, about moving to Princeton Fudge Hatcher- Peter's four-year-old brother, who's jealous of their new baby sister Tootsie, starts Kindergarten. Tootsie Hatcher- Peter and Fudge's baby sister, whom Fudge hates at first, but gets used to her later. Anne Hatcher- Peter's mother, who takes care of Tootsie and studies art history Warren Hatcher- Peter's father, who takes the year off the agency to write a book Jimmy Fargo- Peter's best friend, who's upset about Peter moving to Princeton, but visits him a lot, his parents are divorced, he wants his dad to meet the art dealer Beverly Muldour Alex Santo- Peter's new friend in Princeton, who digs worms for the elderly lady Mrs. Muldour Daniel Manheim- Fudge's new friend, who's a bird expert, is six years old and has a tough guy line called "You wanna make somethin' of it" Won – Books I Love Best Yearly: Early Readers Award -1991 A television series based on Superfudge entitled Fudge ran from 1995–1997.
" Fudge Meets Ratface" was one of the episodes based on Chapter 6 of Superfudge", called" Farley Drexel Meets Ratface". Another episode was based on Chapter 7: A Very Cultured Bird, called " Uncle Feather". Mentioned in King of the Hill S13E23 - "When Joseph Met Lori and Made Out with Her in the Janitor s Closet". Mentioned in Family Guy S4E17 - "The Fat Guy Strangler". Judy Blume's website