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Best of Blume: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret/Blubber/Iggie's House/Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself Paperback – Box set, April 27, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Yearling; Slp Rep edition (April 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440420229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440420224
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 2.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

If you want your children to read, buy them good books!
H. Porton
I buy my children books every year at Christmas and bought this set for my daughter last year.
RMEvans
I highly, highly recommend these for pre-teens, teens, and nostalgic adults!
Molly Webb

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Muhsketchy on May 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
I don't even remember if it was 40 or 45 years ago when I first started reading Judy Blume's books but I do remember the stories always seemed to touch on a subject I could relate to as a child. I didn't even hestitate or have to think twice about buying them for my son when he reached the 3rd grade. There are times when parents can't convince their child that other kids have the same problems they do and that's where Blume's stories can help. She reaches out to kids on all the biggies; divorce, religion, obesity, popularity, etc. and she does so in a light hearted manner, nothing too heavy.

As for P. D. Paula and all of the people who found her review helpful; the titles of the books in the set are right there after the words Best of Blume.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By L. Wilson on September 12, 2005
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I read these books when I was growing up and was excited to come across them for my own daughter. My daughter, unlike me, does not enjoy reading however, she has read these books in record time! Another plus is that they are all on the "AR" lists that many schools require their students to read from. My daughter is 10 and they are all within the reading levels for the 4th -6th grades. Highly recommended.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By H. England on January 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this gift for my niece for Christmas. She is an avid reader and has read the Junie B. Jones series and Magic Tree House series. Having read July Blume as a girl, I thought she would embrace these books as well. It was true, on X-mas night, she already was reading away. I am looking into adding other Judy Blume books to her personal library.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Juice on May 4, 2009
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I thought that Judy Blume is a great writer, I loved her style, and the first time I read one of her books was: "Dear God, it's me margaret" Judy put into words all the stuff that some parents find hard to discuss with their kids. Positive note and tone in the boook, realistic, and about loving yourself and loving life, those are the messages I would want my children to carry with them. I loved this boxed set, and so does my daughter.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SideshowJazz1 on August 29, 2011
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I liked three of these four books.
"Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret"-It was written in a bright, conversational way. Blume writes the way a twelve-year-old girl would and while the book is only about growing up and religion, with much easier issues than the other books, it doesn't affect the value of this story at all.
"Blubber"-Definitely a favourite. This book deals with bullying. The protagonist, Jill, isn't exactly endearing, but this may have been just to show the realistic bystander that backs up the powerful people. But you can still feel happy for her when she sticks up for herself.
"Iggie's House"-This deals with racism and is shorter. Also less interesting, but worth a read.
"Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself"-I swear, I have tried to read this more than once. I haven't been able to get past the first twenty pages. Therefore, I can't give a full review, but I found it too boring to continue.
Still, I advise you to get these books, or at least the first two separately.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Molly Webb on October 7, 2010
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I read all these books when I was younger, and I have to say, they still hold up. Blume writes honestly, openly and humorously about things we've all dealt with -- growing up, family problems, moving to a new town, and making (and breaking) friendships. I'm also amazed by how timeless these books are; if you didn't know they were written in the 1970s, it would be hard to guess. I highly, highly recommend these for pre-teens, teens, and nostalgic adults!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RMEvans on December 8, 2011
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I remember reading these books over and over when I was younger. I buy my children books every year at Christmas and bought this set for my daughter last year. I have to say it was well worth it. She does not enjoy reading but she couldn't put these down and even asked me if there were more. Another plus is they are considered AR books so she gets credit for reading books she truly enjoys.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lenore Secunda on December 15, 2009
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This set of Judy Blume books is number one in my opinion. My granddaughter was very excited to receive this set. I wish it was a set of hardcover books but she's enjoying reading them. I wouldn't hesitate buying any of Judy Blume's books for a teenage girl. Great reading and many wonderful lessons to be learned.
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More About the Author

Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, NJ, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places, doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Superfudge; Blubber; Just As Long As We're Together; and Forever. She has also written the best-selling novels Wifey; Smart Women; and, Summer Sisters. More than 75 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into twenty-six languages.
She receives thousands of letters each month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and
concerns with her.
Judy received a B.S. in education from New York University in 1961, which named her a Distinguished Alumna in 1996, the same year that American Library Association honored her with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has won more than ninety awards, none more important than those coming directly from her youngest readers.
She serves on the boards of the Author's Guild, currently as Vice President; the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, where she sponsors an award for contemporary fiction; and the National Coalition Against Censorship, working to protect intellectual freedom. In Spring 2002, Judy was a spokesperson for the Cheerios "A Book for Every Child" literacy campaign which benefited Reading is Fundamental, America's largest literacy organization. She is also the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation.
Judy's first book in the Fudge series, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, was published in 1972. She is thrilled to be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with the publication of Double Fudge. Just as generations of fans have loved the Fudge books, generations of Judy's family have inspired them. Thirty years ago, Fudge was inspired by her son, Larry, and now Double Fudge was written at the request of her grandson, Elliot.
Judy lives on islands up and down the East Coast with her husband George Cooper. They have three grown children and one grandchild.

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