Judy Blume

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Date of Birth February 12, 1938
Place of Birth Elizabeth, New Jersey
Age 82 years old
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Judy Blume is an American writer of children's, young adult and adult fiction. Some of her best known works are Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret., Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Deenie, and Blubber. The New Yorker has called her books "talismans that, for a significant segment of the American female population, marked the passage from childhood to adolescence." Publishing her first novel in 1969, Blume was one of the first authors to write YA novels about topics that some still consider to be taboo including masturbation, menstruation, teen sex, birth control, and death. She was a catalyst for the movement of controversial topics being expressed in children's and/or YA literature. Blume expressed how adults were not honest with her about this information she shares with her readers. This has led to criticism from individuals and groups that would like to see her books banned.

Born: Judy Sussman, February 12, 1938, Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation: Writer, teacher
Nationality: American
Alma mater: New York University
Period: 1969–present
Genre: Realist young adult novels, children's books
Notable works: Tiger Eyes, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Notable awards: Margaret Edwards Award, 1996
Spouse: John M. Blume (1959–1975, divorced, 2 children), Thomas A. Kitchens (1976–1979, divorced), George Cooper (1987–present, 1 stepdaughter)
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About Judy Blume

American author whose popular novels include Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and SuperFudge. Her books, intended for adolescent readers, address such taboo issues as menstruation, masturbation, and bullying.

Before Fame

She started college at Boston University and later graduated from New York University's teacher training program. She published her first work, The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo, in 1969, when her children were still in preschool.

Achievement

She is particularly known for her work Are you there God? It's Me Margaret.

Family Life

She married fellow New York University student John Blume on August 15, 1959, but the couple divorced in 1976. She was then married to Thomas Kitchens from 1976 to 1978. In 1987, she married her third husband, George Cooper. She has two sons, Randy and Lawrence.

Associations

In 2012, her son Lawrence directed the film version of her novel Tiger Eyes, which starred Willa Holland.

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  • Women writers of young adult literature
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Latest information about Judy Blume updated on September 17, 2020.

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