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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret Paperback – June 1, 1986
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If anyone tried to determine the most common rite of passage for preteen girls in North America, a girl's first reading of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret would rank near the top of the list. Judy Blume and her character Margaret Simon were the first to say out loud (and in a book even) that it is normal for girls to wonder when they are ever going to fill out their training bras. Puberty is a curious and annoying time. Girls' bodies begin to do freakish things--or, as in Margaret's case, they don't do freakish things nearly as fast as girls wish they would. Adolescents are often so relieved to discover that someone understands their body-angst that they miss one of the book's deeper explorations: a young person's relationship with God. Margaret has a very private relationship with God, and it's only after she moves to New Jersey and hangs out with a new friend that she discovers that it might be weird to talk to God without a priest or a rabbi to mediate. Margaret just wants to fit in! Who is God, and where is He when she needs Him? She begins to look into the cups of her training bra for answers ...
From Publishers Weekly
Judy Blume's body of work returns to her original editor, Richard Jackson, with the rerelease of four classics in hardcover. An African-American family moves to all-white Grove Street in Iggie's House, to be released in April. The author's breakthrough title, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, about 11-year old Margaret Simon's struggles with puberty and religion, is now available in hardcover as well as in a Spanish-language edition, Estas ahi Dios? Soy yo, Margaret. Two additional titles came out last season: Blubber takes on preteen teasing; and It's Not the End of the World explores the effects of divorce.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My daughter is now ten-years-old and she reads. No, I mean she READS. This child reads more books than I do (and I read a whole lot of books!). Keeping her in books is almost a full-time job. We've recently starting readings books together. We try to find a book that we both want to read and after we've both finished it, we "sneak out" to breakfast one Saturday before the boys are up and talk about the book.
Of course, this one made the cut and it was really a great book for us to use. It started some really good conversations between us about growing up and being a girl and just how tough it can be. Being a non-religious household, I was also able to talk to her a little about beliefs and differences between people and their belief systems.
The message of this book was definitely not lost in all the years and made a great jumping off point.
Recommended for pre-teen girls, of course!
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i loved it then and now. maragret felt just as i did and was afraid to admit alot of her feelings
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