- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Lexile Measure: 0570 (What's this?)
- Series: Richard Jackson Book
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 29, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481409948
- ISBN-13: 978-1481409940
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1,030 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. (Richard Jackson Book) Paperback – April 29, 2014
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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 alternate Paperback edition.
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 alternate Paperback edition.
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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.. I remember the impact it had on me as an adolescent (and the discussion I had with my father after I read it - talk about embarrassing!).
I purchased it for my son. I don't think he's read it yet but I reread it before giving it to him - just to make sure I remembered what was in it so I could field questions if they came up.
It was a great book then and it's still a great book.
It is a very easy going way of letting young people (girls too) understand some of puberty's mysteries without going into a lecture. It give young boys a chance to feel like they are not alone in their struggles and changes.
Highly recommended for boys and girls ready to learn a little more about puberty. Not recommended for anyone under age 9 or so.