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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Hardcover - 2014

by Judy Blume; Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Illustrator)


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Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret is about a sixth-grade girl growing up and wondering about God and puberty and boys. It was challenged a lot after the 1980s because of its frank discussion of topics like religion and sex. Blume was one of the first Young Adult novelists to write about subjects long considered taboo for teenagers, and is credited for helping to get generations of pre-teens into reading although she has also been named one of the most frequently challenged authors according to the American Library Association.

The novel was Blume's third published book. It has become a touchstone coming-of-age novel for girls. Through the five decades of popularity it has received updates from the publisher, including a controversial 2014 cover art depiction of Margaret texting God, following by an ellipsis in a message bubble. In 1998, Blume updated the novel herself, changing Margaret and her friends from using 'sanitary' napkins with belts, to disposable pads.

Judy Blume’s books have won hundreds of awards. She is the recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She lives in Key West and New York City. You can visit her at www.judyblume.com.   

Summary

Margaret shares her secrets and her spirituality in this iconic Judy Blume novel, beloved by millions, that now has a fresh new look.

Margaret Simon, almost twelve, likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain, and things that are pink. SheâÈçs just moved from New York City to Farbook, New Jersey, and is anxious to fit in with her new friendsâÈ'Nancy, Gretchen, and Janie. When they form a secret club to talk about private subjects like boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret is happy to belong.

But none of them can believe Margaret doesnâÈçt have religion, and that she isnâÈçt going to the Y or the Jewish Community Center. What they donâÈçt know is Margaret has her own very special relationship with God. She can talk to God about everythingâÈ'family, friends, even Moose Freed, her secret crush.

Margaret is funny and real, and her thoughts and feelings are oh-so-relatableâÈ'youâÈçll feel like sheâÈçs talking right to you, sharing her secrets with a friend.

From the publisher

Now a major motion picture starring Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates! A Time Best YA Book of All Time Margaret shares her secrets and her spirituality in this iconic Judy Blume novel, beloved by millions, that now has a fresh new look. Margaret Simon, almost twelve, likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain, and things that are pink. She's just moved from New York City to Farbook, New Jersey, and is anxious to fit in with her new friends--Nancy, Gretchen, and Janie. When they form a secret club to talk about private subjects like boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret is happy to belong. But none of them can believe Margaret doesn't have religion, and that she isn't going to the Y or the Jewish Community Center. What they don't know is Margaret has her own very special relationship with God. She can talk to God about everything--family, friends, even Moose Freed, her secret crush. Margaret is funny and real, and her thoughts and feelings are oh-so-relatable--you'll feel like she's talking right to you, sharing her secrets with a friend.

First Edition Identification

The first edition of Are you there God? It's Me, Margaret was published by Bradbury Press in 1970. It has a yellow cover with a girl sitting on the side of a bed.

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  • Title Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
  • Author Judy Blume; Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Illustrator)
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition Reprint
  • Pages 176
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Date 2014-04-29
  • ISBN 9781481413978 / 148141397X
  • Weight 0.6 lbs (0.27 kg)
  • Dimensions 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 in (21.34 x 13.97 x 2.29 cm)
  • Ages 09 to 12 years
  • Grade levels 4 - 7
  • Reading level 570
  • Themes
    • Cultural Region: Mid-Atlantic
    • Cultural Region: Northeast U.S.
    • Demographic Orientation: Suburban
    • Geographic Orientation: New Jersey
    • Religious Orientation: Jewish
    • Sex & Gender: Feminine
    • Topical: Coming of Age
  • Library of Congress subjects Conduct of life, Religions
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2013035252
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC

About the author

Judy Blume, one of America's most popular authors, is the recipient of the 2004 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of beloved books for young people, including Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (which celebrated fifty years in 2020), and novels for adult readers, including Wifey, Summer Sisters, and In the Unlikely Event. Her work has been translated into thirty-two languages.Visit Judy at JudyBlume.com or follow her on Twitter at @JudyBlume. Debbie Ridpath Ohi is the author of Where Are My Books?. Her illustrations also appear in Sea Monkey and Bob, written by Aaron Reynolds; I'm Bored (a New York Times Notable Book), Naked!, and I'm Sorry, written by Michael Ian Black; as well as ten Judy Blume chapter books and middle grade titles. For more info, visit DebbieOhi.com or @InkyElbows on Twitter.
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