Interested in finding out what Judy Blume's writing is like? Here's a look at some of her more popular books for children and teens.
"Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret"
When she begins a year-long independent study project on people's beliefs, 12-year-old Margaret Simon also finds herself examining her own beliefs. They are a little different than most, after all, because Margaret's mother is a Christian while her dad is Jewish. As if this is not enough, Margaret also has to deal with her family moving to New Jersey and a slew of other problems that typical preteen girls face - such as worrying about when her body will develop, buying her first bra and dealing with her first period. It sounds heavy, but the book is one of the most-loved of Blume's works because she manages to capture what it's like to be a preteen girl with lots of style and humor.
Blume takes on bullying in this book about the bullying of a fat girl that goes on in a fifth-grade. Jill first takes part in the bullying, but when she stands up to the class' queen bee, Jill finds herself the new target for torment. This book is noted for its real and subtle take on childhood bullying.
"Otherwise Known As Shelia The Great"
Shelia Tubman faces a variety of new challenges when her family gets the chance to spend the summer at a house in the country. Not only is Shelia stuck sleeping in a room meant for a boy, but the family also has to watch a dog for the summer - and Shelia's afraid of dogs (not to mention spiders, thunderstorms, ghosts and swimming). Of course, Sheila makes friends, has fun and has to confront her fears during the summer - and all of it is told with Blume's usual humor.
The Fudge Series
This series, which includes the books "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing," "Superfudge," "Fudge-a-Mania" and "Double Fudge," is a series of stories about Peter and his younger brother Farley Drexel, who insists on going by the name Fudge. Anyone who has had a brother or sister can relate to either Peter or Fudge as the pair deal with one crisis after another caused by the usual challenges of growing up or Fudge's outlandish behavior. The books are funny and are great examples of Blume's ability to entertain.
Winnie's best friend moves away and an African-American family moves in. While Winnie and her brother make friends with the new kids, her neighbors are upset that a black family now lives among them. Winnie is surprised by the racism and tries to help defuse the situation, but she only makes things worse. And then comes word that her parents, too, are considering a move.