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Are You There God? It's Me Margaret. Hardcover – April 1, 2001

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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 ... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books; Reissue edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689841582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689841583
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (993 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume may just be one of my all-time favorite novels. It's a hilarious story about Margaret Simon, a twelve-year-old girl, growing up in the New York area. She has to move to a new town in Farbrook, New Jersey with her parents, away from her grandmother and is trying very hard to adjust with the problems of becoming a teenager. She is faced with many typical pre-teen issues such as school, cute boys, religion, puberty and other growing up factors. She learns how to deal with boys and other "girl" problems through the process of experiment from the help of her mother, grandmother and friends. Most writers would not dare talk about puberty or issues relating to a girl's physical growth, but Judy Blume talks about these issues with a little humorous spice to it. Even though I'm not a girl and can not relate to Margaret's life, I enjoy reading this book because it talks about realistic issues and problems that made me laugh out loud. Moments like setting up a girl group to talk about cute boys, measuring their breast size, talking about their bra size and if they had their periods yet were just several mirthful moments in the book that made me laughing with tears. Not to reveal too much of the book's detail, but her mother choosing a bra for her at a nearby department store shows an aspect of her growing up, but is also comical to even read about it. This is a great book that talks about learning lessons in life and teaches anyone, especially young teens in how to handle hard choices with a funny style to it. I definitely recommend this book, especially for those young teens out there seeking a companion to relate to.
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Judy Blume's writings were often deemed controversial. Oddly enough, Margaret's concerns placed this book, in the year 1970, under that label. Whether it be because of sex talk, periods, or Playboy references, this is a book that all preteens ought to read. Why? Margaret is a regular girl dealing with normal adolescent troubles. She's moved to New Jersey, she suspects, because her parents wanted to distance herself from her grandmother, who paid for Margaret's private school tuition, knit her cute little sweaters, and doted on her in a big way. Now, Maragret will go to public school. You can already see the transition to a new neighborhood won't be all too rough - she and Nancy Wheeler become fast friends and find they will be in the same sixth grade class. She, along with Nancy, Gretchen Potter and Janie Loomis, start the Four Preteen Sensations.
Blume frankly addresses puberty, as well as religion. I like the fact that Margaret feels she can talk to God without actually belonging to any particular organized religion. She is technically half Catholic and half Jewish and a pivotal part of the book is her search to find which religion is right for her. She visits a synogague and a church, yet does not feel God in either place. This exploration of faith is actually something I have seen quite a few younger kids go through today in society - it really is no different from 1970!
Margaret constantly wants her period. Why? I don't know. It will make her feel more grown-up, more womanly, I guess. Yes, I know, I know, I just answered my own question! :) Margaret also wants the body of a woman. She and her friends gossip about Laura Danker, a buxom sixth grader with a bad reputation, seemingly only because of her figure.
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I was reading back in one of my old diaries today--and i came across a sentence that read: you are most like the character--and there was a blank. I had written Margaret. I knew exactly where it came from. I think I read it in 4th or 5th grade and I just remember it made me feel like the author understood what we were going through--and how could she have remembered all that? i swallowed up the details and I laughed and felt bad for the character. I thought it was funny about what a big deal the periods for the girls were---and how she was struggling with religion and what she should believe. I have recommended this to some parents for their daughters but I worry that the "religion choosing" thing might bother them. I loved this book and i think every young girl should read this book. It was written 20 or 30 years ago and she still understood what i was going through!!
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Actually it is my eldest (12-year-old) granddaughter who loves this. When I called my daughter to ask her about books for the kids, she told me my granddaughter's class was studying this book and she was having to check it out from the school or public library when she needed it. When she called Christmas day my granddaughter told me the same story and gushed through the phone that she wouldn't have to do that anymore because "NOW, I have my OWN copy!!" That gets five stars from me too!
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I went through the opposite spectrum of puberty that Margaret and the other main characters did here - everything happened too quicky for me! I never had a training bra, I went to a full blown 36C in a few months and stayed there! I never fretted over getting my period before or after the other girls, I was first in line! As a result, I went through puberty before everyone else, and they all stayed creepy little kids while I was the blossoming nymphet (once I got past that fat stage). Because of that I was ostricized. This got to show me the other side, of what it was like to be a flat chested girl child rather than a Lolita which I never experienced. I had conversations with myself like Margaret did with God, although I don't know if I ever got anywhere with those self talks. I wish I had a group of friends like Margaret did though, as it was a awkward time, to say the least; but, as I was the early bloomer I don't think the other girls knew what to make of me and therefore avoided and pushed me aside. BUT THE BOYS WERE CREEPY AND WEIRD! And you know what's funny? I run into them as adults and they're JUST AS CREEPY AND WEIRD AS THEY WERE THEN! I played those games of Spin The Bottle, 7 Minutes in Heaven and the like, and I can just imagine some of them slobbering over a woman in their 30s today like they were back then. *Shudder!*

But all that aside, this was a nice story and to this day one of the perenial young adult books that girls read. There are a lot of themes that come into play that a kid may or may not relate to - being uprooted from home to a new surrounding, making new friends, making a connection with new friends, having those debates about religious beliefs, etc.
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