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Letters to Judy Hardcover – April 29, 1986

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Blume quotes correspondence she receives asking for advice, written by readers of her children's books, boys and girls who don't feel free to confide in their parents. The letters here come from youngsters 10 years old through the teens and tell about specific problems. Some of these kids are loners rejected by peers; others feel neglected at home or hurt by divorce. The author hears from victims of child abuse, including incest; from those trying to quit drugs. A divorced mother herself, Blume is sympathetic to the young people who write herand sympathizes with parents as well; she intends this book to help them become more aware of their children's needs.
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"A compassionate and popular author's way to help parents see life through their children's eyes..." -- New York Times

"Judy Blume is Miss Lonelyhearts, Mister Rogers and Dr. Ruth rolled into one." -- New York Daily News

"Judy Blume's books for children have won her a huge following... and children who identify with her characters trust Blume with their own secret fears and worries. It is a trust she takes seriously. Somehow, she always takes the time to listen -- and makes the time to answer." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Letters to Judy is a moving collective portrait of young Americans.. The sound of real life practically leaps off the pages." -- Los Angeles Herald Examiner

"an attempt, heartrendingly successful, to give parents a keyhole glimpse into the world of their children." -- Washington Post Book World

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (April 29, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399131299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399131295
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.4 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,746,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Judy Blume's empathy for children is obvious in this compilation of letters she's received over the years. The book is at once funny and heartbreaking, and serves to remind the reader of their own childhood ---- It's easy to forget the magnitude of problems at school, with parents, with friends, etc etc. And this book brings it all back. Well done.
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By K. Rock on February 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is old, but I knew that buying it. It is wonderful to read letters from young girls. Some are funny, some are sad. I love the book and are telling others about it.
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