S: Seasons of Change
FC: The Life of Judy Blume By Caitlyn Baker
1: Judy Blume was born on February 12, 1938 in Elizabeth, New Jersey where she also grew up as Judy Sussman. | When Judy was growing up, she always dreamed of becoming a spy, detective, actress, cowgirl, or a ballerina.
2: Judy always had an active imagination. she loved to read and make up stories in her head but it never occurred to her she could become an author. | She never wrote down any of her stories and never told anyone about them. Her characters lived inside her head for a long time before she started to write her books about them.
3: In 1959, Judy married John Blume. She later received a B.S. in education from the University of New York in 1961. Judy and John had two kids. One daughter, Randy Blume and one son, Lawrence Blume. she was later then divorced from John in 1976 after 17 years of marriage. | Judy began to write her storied when her two children started preschool.
4: Judy shortly married Thomas Kitchens in 1976 and was then divorced in 1978. Finally she married George Cooper in 1987 and has been happily married ever since. George also had a daughter Amanda Cooper who is now Judy's step-daughter. | Judy began to settle down and started working on her first novel, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, which also became one of her best selling books and also some of her readers favorite.
5: Judy says that her ideas for writing come from life memories but most of all, her imagination. | The hardest part for Judy when it comes to writing is the rough drafts, but in about year or so her books are done and published.
6: In all of her books, Judy makes sure to place the settings of her books where she has been to and know well. | From Fudge to Margaret to Stephanie, Judy feels she has a different relationship with every single one of her characters in all of her books.
7: Over the years, Judy has won a lot of awards including the American Library Association which honored her with the Margret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement, and her most recent award, The Library of Congress Living Legends Award in 2004. | Judy is also a founder and trustee of the Kids Fund and many other charities involving educational and society purposes.
8: Judy writes for all age groups. About 12 of her books are for kids, 9 books for teenagers, about 4 of them are for young adults, and 3 books are for adults. that comes to a total of 28 books total. | All of her 28 books have one her over 90 awards, more than 80 million copies of her books have been sold, and her books have been translated into 31 languages.
9: Judy loves to watch and play basketball, watch movies, she loves the New York Mets, the color purple, loves to dance and of course, write. | When Judy's not writing, her favorite free time activity to do is dance. Judy loves tap dancing and ballet and has been doing it ever since she was a little girl.
10: Since Judy lives in Key West, Florida, the weather is almost always perfects there. Judy's favorite place to write is her garden. she loves the smell of her gardenias'. | Judy also likes to write at her cabin on an island off the cost of Massachusetts.
11: Since Judy is writing most of the time , her social life can get pretty lonely. Judy says it's not always fun being a writer but she says getting to know her characters better keep her busy. | Judy decides when to begin writing her books on a day something different happens in her usual routine.
12: Many of Judy's books including Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Blubber, and Tiger Eyes have been censored which means they have been blocked in some libraries and Judy has been trying to stop censorship for years and has had some help from her readers. | Judy felt she had to write the most honest books she could writing from feelings and concerns when she was young but she never had thought her books could lead to being censored
13: Now a days Judy is living in Key West, Florida with her husband. Between them they have 3 grown children, and 1 grandchild. Judy is now 74 years old and hopes to write more books in the future.
14: (Some of) Judy's Books: | * | Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing, Forever, Iggie's House, Freckle Juice, Tiger Eyes, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Double Fudge, It's Not the End of the World, Smart Women, Deenie, Blubber, Just as Long as We're Together, Wifey, The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo, and Heres to You Rachel Robinson.
15: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
16: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret is about a girl named Margaret who moves from New York to New Jersey because her parents want to get away from her grandma who spoils Margaret. When she moves in she meets a girl on her street who's name is Nancy.
17: When Margaret attends her first day of school with new classmates and a new teacher she gets into a secret club Nancy created with a couple of her other friends called the PTS. (Pre-Teen Sensations) But the girls make up rules for the club that make Margaret uncomfortable.
18: Along the way Margaret writes to God every other night to talk about her situations. Margret also learns to grow up with new boys in her life and other girl stuff.
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