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Grade 3-6. Author Judy Blume reads this lively recording of her novel (Dutton, pap. 1972), and her voice perfectly personifies Sheila's scrappiness and bravado. Listeners will be drawn easily into the familiar story of Sheila's summer escapades?city kid transplanted to the suburbs where she's forced to deal with her fears and misconceptions about dogs, swimming, and not being the preeminent know-it-all she always thought she was. When she and Mouse Ellis become friends, Sheila learns that saving face is not necessary to keep a friendship. The story harkens back to the time when children lived with two parents in cozy neighborhoods and met in the afternoons at the pool. Listeners will be charmed by the story's strong female heroine and will happily follow Sheila through her summer adventures.?Marcia Brightman, Mark's Meadow Laboratory School, Amherst,
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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"Sheila's ongoing crisis of image is as easy to identify with as it is to laugh at."--Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (April 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142408794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142408797
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm nine! I am very picky about books. I was looking in the basement for books because I didn't like the books that my mom took out from the library. Then guess what I found? I found a book called Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great! It was about a girl who is scared of stuff. (But she lies and makes it out like she is so great.) What will happens when she lies to her friends? Will they figure it out? This is a great book for bedtime stories, class reading books, and for fun reading!I hope you buy this book and enjoy it like I did!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great is about a girl named Sheila.Sheila babysits a dog that she really hates!She wants a dog alot but not the dog that she babysits.Sheila wants to get away from home and go to Disneyland but her parents said she could not go.So they went to Tarrytown for a couple of weeks.When they got there they rented a house.They rented the house from a family that had three boys.Sheila got the youngest boys room.When she was unpacking Sheila opened the drawer and there was a note that said,"If you touch any of my stuff, I'll get you some day!" Sheila went to sleep and the next day Sheila met a friend named Meryl but she hated that name so everyone calls her Mouse.Seila learns lots of things in Tarrytown.Read this book and you will find out what she did in Tarrytown and what she learned. You will not put this book down it will knock your socks off.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1998
Format: Paperback
Sheila is a person who is very worried about how she is perceived by other people. She is unsure of herself, and when she doesn't know something, she tells white lies instead of just admitting it. When her family goes to upstate New York for the summer, Sheila is confronted with her fears of dogs and swimming, and in making new friends she must deal with her worries about herself. You may already be familliar with Sheila from the "Fudge" stories, but this book paints a more in depth, endearing picture of her. As always, Judy Blume uses humor to portray situations that might not be so funny were we in them ourselves.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Soaring Heart on June 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
My daughter is supposed to be reading chapter books but she can't get into them so doesn't finish them. On our last library visit, I asked for help from the librarian. She said, "She just hasn't found the right book yet." This was one of the 'books' she suggested because it was audio. "Judy Blume is great and this should help spark her interest." So we got it. Well, not only did it spark her interest, it sparked mine as well! We enjoyed listening to it together in the car and even at home. One of the things I enjoy most about it is it stays centered around Sheila's thoughts/point of view and it is very entertaining and funny. The slumber party on disc three made us laugh hysterically. I never thought I'd ever try audio books but this was a great idea and now my daughter is checking out chapter books and reading them, thanks to this!

BOTTOM LINE: If you have a reluctant reader, get this fun, entertaining audio book and see if it doesn't spark your child's interest in reading!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By puff on June 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I still have my twenty year old book report on Sheila the Great that I wrote in the fourth grade. Obviously, this was one of my favorite childhood books. It is a book about a ten year old girl who goes to a cottage on a lake with her parents and annoying older sister for a summer vacation. Sheila is terrfied of the whole experience- meeting new people, the weird dog they have to take care of, participating in a play, and taking swimming lessons. I still get a kick out of it, because when I was Sheila's age, I was a lot like her- fearful of most everything, especially swimming. The wonderful thing is though, like Sheila, I got over most of my fears, in large part due to my parents' encouragement and determination. I love all the characters especially Sheila's new pal "Mouse" who is a yo- yo champion who helps her get over some of her fears. I think all kids, both male and female, between 8-12 would love this book. It is one of the few non- trashy/gross Judy Blume books that I would recommend to children. Teachers, do your students a favor by reading them this highly entertaining book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is very interesting and very funny. It starts out when Sheila and her family are spending the summer in the Egran's house. When Sheila finds out there's a dog, she is horrified. Even thought the dog is little and harmless, she is still scared. During the summer, Sheila goes to summer camp and takes swimming lessons. She hates the water, but her mom makes her go anyway.

I thought it was funny when I read about Sheila telling her family she was going to get hives from Jennifer. Will Sheila pass her swim test? Read the book to find out!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 8, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
when my mommy read me this book i just loved it and i got in to a phase of reading it two times every day!! i really love this book beacause there is this girl sheila who does not want to say that she cant swim and is afraid of the dark dogs and spiders then on her summer vacation she meets some kids who make her admitt that she is not such a supergirl as she says she is. this book is the best book ever and if you like funny books and have not read this one READ IT NOW!!!!!!!!
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