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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. | Judy Blume
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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.
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Eggbeater
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I'd read this book to children's of any gender way before puberty. The main messages being that a kid can find their own spiritual path and that all their confusing feelings surrounding life and growing up make them normal. Who would want to keep their kid from accessing ideas from that perspective? #24B4Monday #readathon #MayMadness #bannedbooks @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @Clwojick @RadicalReader

tpixie When this book first came out, the school library kept it behind the counter and I had to have written permission from Mom to read it!! Luckily she gave me permission!!!! 2mo
Stacy_31 This was one of my favorites as a kid! 2mo
juliegumdrop This was my first Judy Blume back when I was a kid. I bought a copy for my 10yo daughter but she‘s not interested yet. 2mo
Andrew65 A true classic of children‘s fiction. 2mo
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Oh what a blast from the past. When I saw this come up as a kindle deal I had to get it. Life at the age of a 6th grader felt so hard back then. I really enjoyed my trip back to the past. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

mom2bugnbee I wore this one out as a kid! 2mo
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I followed Laura to her church. It was only two blocks from school. I still had half an hour before my mother was due. I crossed the street and hid behind a bush watching Laura climb the steps and #disappear into the church. #QuotsyApr19

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That's a well read book! My completely battered, read many many times, childhood copy 😍

RachelO ❤️ 3mo
LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 3mo
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🎵 “Ordinary World” by Duran Duran
♈️ Aries
🖊 Judy Blume
❤️ I tag everyone who hasn‘t yet offered their #WondrousWednesday deets! 😁

Many thanks to @Eggs. These were fun!

Eggs So happy you enjoy these 😊💗😊 3mo
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1. Careless Whisper by WHAM
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3. Judy Blume - her books made me want to read al the time (and Nancy Drew books)
#wonderouswednesday

tournevis That song haunts my worst nightmares. *shudder* 3mo
Kappadeemom @tournevis lol... the other top song was We Are the World...not much better 😂😂 3mo
tournevis @Kappadeemom A bit bettet. 3mo
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I never read Judy Blume as a child, and it was Amanda Palmer's song that introduced me to her. I just read Are you there God? It's Me, Margaret. And I'm thinking that 12 year old me could definitely have benefited from Judy Blume.

ShyBookOwl I told myself to read a Judy Blume book this year, as I never have, either. Glad to hear u enjoyed this one 4mo
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Too real, Random House! (Shared on Instagram)

Anyone else guilty of getting detention due to reading during classes you weren‘t supposed to be reading in?

FlowerFairy At a pep rally while in high school, a teacher reprimanded me and told me if I didn‘t put the book down and start showing some school spirit she would give me detention. I asked if I could read in detention. 🤣 4mo
Kimberlone @FlowerFairy nice! I got detention in 8th grade for reading a book in PE! 4mo
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Who else was a Beverly clearly fan in their youth? MEMEMEMEMEME

DGRachel RAMONA!!!!! (I *might* have been a fan...) 4mo
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I mean...

MCYmermaid ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 4mo
DarcysMom Wow! 💕💕💕 4mo
Ingerella Wow! That's awesome!! 4mo
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Stephaniereads1 Amazing!!! 4mo
Reviewsbylola Whoa, so cool! This is one of those seminal teenage books that always stuck with me. 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @Reviewsbylola I may have elbowed a little girl aside to snag it. I was like, “You weren‘t alive! You don‘t know!” 4mo
DGRachel @MicheleinPhilly 🤣🤣 I would have done that, too! 4mo
Reecaspieces Oh wow! 4mo
LeahBergen 💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️ 4mo
Blaire 😍💕😍💕 4mo
DivineDiana Fantastic! ❤️ 4mo
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Welcomed dream guest journalist, author, and Bachelor podcaster Emma Gray for Episode 36 of my podcast in which — finally! — we discuss Are You There God? It‘s Me, Margaret. Tune in to hear us swap middle school stories and discuss mean girls, gossip, awkward puberty moments, and how we experienced religion as kids versus how we experience it as adults. click the link in my bio to listen! 🎧

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I would consider this more of a middle grade novel rather than YA. I thought it was a wonderful story and I wish I had read it when I was a young teen or a pre-teen.

McFarchie My daughter is 12 and just finished it. She loved it! 6mo
suvata @McFarchie I think that is probably the perfect age to read this book. 6mo
CBee One of my favorites as a kid! ❤️ 6mo
suvata @CBee I can see why. 😊 6mo
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I never read this classic but I see it on a lot of “must read” lists. It was published well after I was considered a young adult. LOL So, now I‘m curious about what I missed out on.

RadicalReader @suvata another good series is the Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Fudge A Mania and Double Fudge 6mo
suvata @RadicalReader Yep, I missed all of those first time around — Perhaps I will introduce my grandkids to them. 6mo
dgingo I read it when I was a kid and remember loving it/finding it impactful. Enjoy! 6mo
Oryx In reckon I've read this about 15 times! Loved it 6mo
suvata @dgingo @Oryx I‘m enjoying it so far 6mo
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“Are you there, God? It‘s me, Wicket.”

#WicketsWorld #DogsOfLitsy

JoScho 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 6mo
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So glad to have finally read this book. Here is my cover #mgbuddyread

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I didn't get a chance to read this for#mgbuddyread but this is my copy from when I was a kid. It's part of a box set of Judy Blume books.

Lmstraubie I love that you still have it!!! We missed you 7mo
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I never read this growing up but read it this week for #MGBuddyRead. Even as a preteen/teen, I seldom had these kinds of discussions with my friends, and I think I had better friends. I was well-informed by my parents and apparently strangely comfortable with myself for that age. Without the nostalgia of memory and little connection to the characters, I realize it‘s still relevant for many but only so-so for me.

JenFowler Oh my gosh, this book was monumental for me! I can't imagine rereading it now... I don't think I want to. 😉 7mo
Daisey @JenFowler Yes, if this had been an important book to me growing up, I'm not sure I would have wanted to reread it. However, many of the people in our group still loved it as adults. 7mo
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#mgbuddyread Here‘s the cover of the ebook edition I read. I‘ve also read two other editions of the book in the past. The original edition from my school library in 2001 and a 2014 edition in 2015.

Lmstraubie I like the ebook cover 🙂 7mo
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#mgbuddyread

Written in the 1960s, this book was probably geared towards 11-12 year olds. Today, I‘m happy to share it with my nine year old. It continues to make it‘s way onto banned books lists and I find myself scratching my head.

Slightly dated, I still feel this is a relevant coming of age tale for middle grade readers.

Daisey I had never read this one before and it definitely felt dated, although still relevant, to me. 7mo
Lmstraubie I'm figuring this one had some updates in it considering the cover. 😁 7mo
Peddler410 @Lmstraubie If there were updates I didn‘t catch ‘em 7mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 Interesting I thought maybe this updated the belt & pad idea. I guess it was just the cover. 7mo
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Question 9 #mgbuddyread

Peddler410 I‘m so glad the text was not updated. I feel this book is perfect for my daughter and her friends (8-10). At some point early on, it might have been for an older audience. 7mo
JaclynW I had never read this story until now. It had me giggling at some parts because I kept thinking at how serious I took some of this same stuff back when I was this age. Oh! The things you worry about! I wonder what my teenage self would have thought. I think it would have been a comfort to see other girls worry. The "must increase my bust" chant and exercise was a hoot!! Does it really work??? 7mo
mrp27 I really enjoyed this reread. It's been years since I've read this and it was a great walk down memory lane. It was amazing how all the names and characters came flooding back into my mind lie old friends. For a moment I was 11 again. 7mo
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TheBookHippie I loved rereading this!!! 7mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @mrp27 @TheBookHippie I'm really glad I finally read this timeless book. @JaclynW I agree! It's amazing what is important when you're 12. And no, it doesn't work 😉🤣 7mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie 😉🤣 7mo
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Peddler410 You know what? I don‘t know. Part of me says yes but there is another part that feels full disclosure is best. I finished the book early November and I remember having a strong feeling about this in particular but now I don‘t remember which way I was leaning 🤷‍♀️ 7mo
JaclynW @Peddler410 I'm torn as well. I always think honesty is the best policy so be open about it. But there may be something about keeping a friend's disclosure private as well. It is Nancy's story to tell. Maybe Margaret could have encouraged Namcy to be open about it and to share it with the group. There is something great about having friends who can understand and love you no matter what. This could have been Nancy's lesson in that. 7mo
mrp27 I think Margaret did the right thing by honoring Nancy's secret. It was wrong of Nancy to lie but it's not Margarets truth to tell. Hopefully it's a lesson to Nancy about lying. 7mo
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TheBookHippie I don't know?!?!??! 🤣🤷🏽‍♀️I'm torn. 7mo
Daisey I think in this case it made sense for her to keep the secret. At the point she found out it was a lie there would be no reason to share with the other girls. It would have just made an issue of something that no longer was a lie. 7mo
Chelsibno I like both @mrp27 & @Daisey ‘s reasoning behind why keeping the secret was the best way to go. 7mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @JaclynW @mrp27 @TheBookHippie @Daisey @Chelsibno I think she should have kept the secret, but also called her out on it privately. Nancy was insecure, but that's still no excuse. 7mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie Exactly. 7mo
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Peddler410 Oh gosh! They disowned their daughter because of who she fell in love with. Sheesh! And then they show up out of the blue....pretending to have changed. I did not like them. 7mo
JaclynW @Peddler410 I didn't like them either! Maybe this is one of those dates parts of the book...or it SHOULD be...but I know of similar issues today, sadly. 😢 They should keep their distance. No one deserves to have that toxicity to deal with. It is unfortunate. I understand Margaret's mom's desire to try again though. What a difficult position for her to be in. 7mo
mrp27 To put it succinctly, I thought they were assholes. 7mo
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TheBookHippie Ha. This is 80 percent of my current town so 😳🤮🤮🤮🤢no thank you ...it's also my husbands family makes holidays interesting 🤢🤢🤢🤬🥵. . 7mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW this is my life. With these kind of people. 7mo
Chelsibno I hated them! It disappoints me that their reasons behind disowning their daughter still occur in some families today. 7mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie Mine too actually. Of sorts. My town. My family. Ugh. It can make life interesting for sure....😳🤪🤯🤬🤢 7mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 🤣🤣🤣 7mo
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Question 6 #mgbuddyread

Peddler410 They are very close, obviously the parents felt they were too close and Sylvia wasn‘t a great influence. Grandma was the fun adult but also had her own agenda. (edited) 7mo
JaclynW I thought Margaret's relationship with her grandmother was sweet. I'm glad she had someone to talk to. Her parents were definitely hesitant about this close relationship. I didn't like the secretiveness about the phone calls, etc. Just be open about it! 7mo
mrp27 Margaret's relationship with her grandma reminded me of my own relationship with my grandma, sweet and close. I think it's fair for Sylvia to be up front and honest about her religion but I don think she should force her beliefs onto Margaret and especially if the parents asked her not to. 7mo
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TheBookHippie Sweet but a twist with the religion thing. But I liked their relationship she felt she was really loved by Sylvia I think. 7mo
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @JaclynW @Peddler410 I thought their relationship was very sweet. I just didn't like when Sylvia asked Margaret to keep secrets from her parents. I didn't have grandparents so it could be that I don't understand that aspect of the relationship. 7mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie As a child, I told my grandmother things I wouldn't tell my parents. As a mother, I would probably dislike secrets between my kids and their grandparents. Ha! 7mo
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Question 5 #mgbuddyread

Peddler410 Laura — I forgot who she was! 😳 Laura is so important to the story! Middle school is so awkward—you have undeveloped girls and girls fully developed; those who are still little kids and those ready for high school. Laura represents the early developer who is still a kid — getting a bum rap based only on outward appearance. This is SO REAL in middle school and it breaks my heart. Check out (edited) 7mo
JaclynW Poor Laura!! She gets a bad reputation just because she develops early. This is one of the difficulties of puberty. The range of what is normal is so wide, with extremes, and kids don't always understand it. Nor are they kind to the kids on either extreme. 7mo
JaclynW @Peddler410 Definitely real!! 7mo
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mrp27 Reading as an adult my heart broke for Laura. She was shamed and bullied for being developed. I think her purpose in the story is to show Margaret that you can't judge people and you shouldn't believe everything you hear. I thought Laura was an interesting contrast to Nancy who lied. 7mo
TheBookHippie @Peddler410 I so agree and I feel for Laura that was ME!!! I so remember ugh. 7mo
Chelsibno I really felt for Laura. When I first read the book at 11, she reminded me a lot of my friend B. Like Laura, she developed early and had a lot of awful rumors spread about her because of it. I agree with @mrp27 that Laura is an example that you can‘t judge people or believe everything you‘ve heard. 7mo
Chelsibno I also think she shows how there is no perfect place to be in puberty. The late bloomers can‘t wait to develop & feel self-conscious about their not yet developed bodies, but the early developers are victims of bullying & rumors & can also be self-conscious about their mature figures. Puberty stinks for everyone. 7mo
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno @mrp27 @TheBookHippie @JaclynW @Peddler410 Well said. I don't really think I can add anything. 7mo
JaclynW @mrp27 I felt the same way about Laura! I liked Laura. Do you think Margaret learned that lesson? 7mo
JaclynW @Chelsibno Puberty is indeed rough for everyone. I have 2 kids going through it. Ugh...!!! 7mo
mrp27 @JaclynW I hope so. If anything she at least sees Laura as honest and Nancy a liar. 7mo
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Peddler410 Friends ALWAYS have a big impact on us. That can go one of two ways — positive or negative. Margaret struggles a little with her new friendships, wanting to fit in but also stay true to herself. 7mo
JaclynW @Peddler410 Friends at this stage definitely make a huge impact. I was happy to see Margaret witness Nancy's deception. It made her step back and ponder what a true friend is. There were times when Margaret had the chance to practice and navigate her own direction, despite what was going on around her. 7mo
mrp27 Absolutely! I agree with @Peddler410 friends new or old always have an impact. 7mo
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TheBookHippie Yes. Huge learning experiences here. Also who is true friend material and judging from appearances. 7mo
Chelsibno Yes, friends always have a huge impact, especially at the age Margaret is at. 7mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @JaclynW @mrp27 @TheBookHippie @Chelsibno I did find it interesting that she made such good friends so quickly. 7mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie Ya, that would not have happened at that age in my school. The girls were brutal to new kids. That actually gave me a hopeful feeling but I wondered how realistic that was.🤔 7mo
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Peddler410 As I mentioned in question one, I was worried about that. I do think the book is a bit dated but I would much rather see a new book written over an updated edition of this classic. 7mo
JaclynW @Peddler410 I agree. Leave this one alone. Write another. 7mo
Chelsibno While it might be a bit dated, I‘ve never minded reading books set during a particular time period. I agree with @Peddler410 & @JaclynW that I‘d rather see a new book written about similar issues in our time period than see this classic updated. (That said, I do like how they updated the belts to pads in later editions, since reading about the belts in the original edition threw me for a loop as an eleven year old in 2001.) 7mo
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mrp27 @Chelsibno I had no idea they updated belts to pads in newer editions, I've only ever read the older editions. Updates like that make sense but other than that I always hate to see a classic updated, leave it be. 7mo
TheBookHippie Leave it be. It's a classic. It makes sense for the time and also creates great conversations with kids I've noticed. How far things have come what issues we had etc. 7mo
Daisey I never read this before this week, so I did not come in with some of the nostalgia of other readers. The story did feel dated to me, but I don‘t think it should be updated any more than it already was as mentioned by others. I think it stands well as is. 7mo
JaclynW @Chelsibno @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Daisey I had no idea the book was even updated! In some ways I think they should have even left the period belts in there. It would lead to a good discussion like @TheBookHippie stated. 7mo
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Peddler410 That is certainly a prevalent focus, but the book covers so much more than that. 7mo
JaclynW @Peddler410 Agreed. I actually thought her religious questions were the most prevalent. The period questions were probably the second most talked about theme in the book. There were so many relatable themes in the book for teenage girls. 7mo
Chelsibno I agree with @Peddler410 and @JaclynW. The whole period subject felt like it played second fiddle to Margaret‘s religious exploration. There were several themes in the book, and I think that‘s what helps it stand the test of time. It‘s not just another “young adult problem novel” that explores one issue faced by adolescents. Margaret feels like a complex and realistic young protagonist, who has a lot of questions & worries about different things. 7mo
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mrp27 As a kid I agree that it felt like a period/boys focused book but now as an adult I see it more as a religious exploration. 7mo
TheBookHippie Actually the friendship and religion get picked up more when I read it with kids now. I as a young girl focused on the friendships and the grandparents relationships with the parents . 7mo
Daisey The puberty aspect is what I‘ve always heard about it and it did seem major, especially how those changes impacted relationships. However, I was surprised by how much of a religious aspect there was as well. I wonder how I would have viewed it as a younger reader since the parents‘ religious choices would have been unusual to me. 7mo
JaclynW @Daisey It is an interesting perspective to read these books as adults. I find myself wondering as well what my younger self would have thought. My parents came from different religious backgrounds and as a family we didn't subscribe to either of those. So I related, and I think my younger self would have as well, to Margaret's predicament. I have many religious questions growing up because so many people around me went to church. 7mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @JaclynW @Chelsibno @mrp27 @TheBookHippie I fall into the same camp as @Daisey I never read the book when I was younger and thought it was all about puberty, but I was pleasantly surprised by her religious struggle. 7mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie I had no idea either about the religious questions. To me, it seemed like the main point. Or was it just my adult brain making it that way? 7mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW I felt the same way. I thought the religious aspect is what stood out and the "growing pains" was secondary, but I have an adult brain too ? I'm curious how a preteen/ teen would see it 7mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie I will have to see if my 15 year old daughter would read it. She's very particular in her books. 7mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Keep me posted 7mo
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Peddler410 This is a great question. My cover has text bubbles and I was worried the text had been updated — I‘m happy to say it wasn‘t. I completely feel the story is relevant today as it was when it was written. My daughter (9) and I have had some conversations about the topics in this story and I hope she reads this soon. 7mo
JaclynW Yes! I do think it is relevant. Questions about God, boys, periods, bras, friends are definitely something girls still worry/obsess/wonder/think about today. I'm glad that every now and again they update the covers of books. My cover edition was updated and appealing. 7mo
Chelsibno Yes, I think it is still definitely relevant. All the topics that @JaclynW mentioned were things I “worried/obsessed/wondered/thought about” when I was preteen and teenager. My nieces have all grappled with these same topics. These issues are timeless, so I think this book stands the test of time pretty well. (So long as certain updates are made when necessary, since my first copy was the original that talked about period belts.) 7mo
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mrp27 I'm with the majority here and I think it's still relevant today. I don't have children so I maybe out of touch here but I often wonder with the Internet and all if girls have more access to info now about stuff then I did as a kid. 7mo
TheBookHippie Yes. I still read this with young girls. It is still well loved!!! Sorry late!!! 7mo
JaclynW @Chelsibno Period belts?! I'm going to have to look that up! Didn't the book mention something about encouraging young girls to use pads and that tampons were for older women?? That bothered me. Why make that statement? Maybe that's a dated part too. 7mo
Chelsibno @JaclynW Yeah, before adhesive pads were invented, women wore pads that were clipped into place using a belt. My mom had to explain it to me when I was 11 & even showed me her old one, which she still had in a drawer filled with all her old high school stuff. Yeah, my mom never throws anything away 😆. 7mo
Chelsibno @JaclynW That part about discouraging tampon use for young girls didn‘t really seem that dated to me. I remember all the period pamphlets we were given at school basically said the same thing. One of my sex ed teachers even told us that we should wait at least until high school to start using them. Then again, I went to a rural, small town, conservative school that taught abstinence only sex ed, so that might explain that. 7mo
JaclynW @Chelsibno Oh wow! How interesting. Makes me grateful for modern feminine hygiene products! I probably got that same education in school but I can't quite recall. It does seem like the advice that would be given back then (or even in some current conservative areas). My friends were the ones to show me the greatness of tampons. I was horrified by any option. 🤣 7mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @JaclynW @Chelsibno @mrp27 @TheBookHippie I definitely feel the story was still relevant even if some of the details were dated. I'm curious if more recently published copies did away with the belt 🤔 7mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie There was no mention of "the belt" in my edition. 7mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW I know a good story shouldn't be messed with, but for this one I think at least that little update does matter. It really is timeless. 7mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie I agree. 7mo
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Just a reminder our #mgbuddyread is tomorrow. Questions will be posted around 10:00 am. Join in when you can! @LitsyHappenings

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I never read this back in the day and I know I would've hated it. It's not bad but I don't remember being that obsessed with boobs or getting my period and neither were my friends. The kids in this book are kind of awful to each other as well. I give it a so/so for the attention to spirituality which I've never read before. #mgbuddyread

LA_Mead Pretty tree! 8mo
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I can't believe my public library didn't have a copy of this book! Luckily my middle school library did. (I actually weeded of copy of this out of my K-4 library last spring.) Don't forget this is our #mgbuddyread book for Nov/Dec. We'll discuss it next Sunday, December 9th. Questions posted in the morning - join in when you can! @LitsyHappenings

RadicalReader @Lmstraubie I love this author she is forever fantastic love the Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Fudge A Mania and Double Fudge Series 8mo
Lmstraubie @RadicalReader I enjoy her adult books as well. Consider joining us next Sunday! 8mo
LeahBergen This was such a huge book of my childhood. 😍 8mo
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#mgbuddyread and the read for my IRL book club.

Aims42 I loved Radio Girls! Reminds me I lent it to a friend a while ago.... 🤨 8mo
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Repost for @Lmstraubie :
From the "What was I thinking???" file...
I'm sorry for the change, but the #mgbuddyread for November (the tagged book) will now be on Sunday, December 9th. We will do one book for November & December and then start fresh in January. Questions? Just tag me ?

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From the "What was I thinking???" file...
I'm sorry for the change, but the #mgbuddyread for November (the tagged book) will now be on Sunday, December 9th. We will do one book for November & December and then start fresh in January. Questions? Just tag me ? @LitsyHappenings

merelybookish That works for me. I was going to have to miss out otherwise! 8mo
TheBookHippie No problem !!!! 8mo
JaclynW Sounds good! 8mo
Lmstraubie @merelybookish @TheBookHippie @JaclynW Thank you for being so understanding and flexible!!! 😊 8mo
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Repost for @Lmstraubie :
Our next #mgbuddyread is an oldie but goodie - Are You There God? It's me, Margaret by Judy Blume. This is another of our #bannedbooks picks. Join us for a discussion on Sunday, November 25th. Questions are posted in the morning and you join in when you can.

Quirkybookworm Oh jeez! My father threw a hissy fit when I read that in 1985. Literally. Since then, I haven‘t touch that book and blush whenever I hear of it or see the book. 😳😳😳 8mo
Reecaspieces Ooooo loved this book! 8mo
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Rissreads How funny @MrsMalaprop I was only taking about this book last week! 8mo
Lmstraubie Thank you for the repost! 8mo
Lmstraubie @Reecaspieces Hope you'll consider joining us 🙂 8mo
Book_Lust Sounds interesting! How do I join? 8mo
LitsyHappenings @Lmstraubie 👆🏽👆🏽 8mo
Lmstraubie @Book_Lust All you need to do is read the book by November 25th. That morning the questions will be posted and you jump in when you can. If you are responding to a person just remember to tag her/him in your response so she/he is aware of the response. Also you can search #mgbuddyread, our hashtag. We'd love to have you!! 🙂 8mo
Lmstraubie @LitsyHappenings Thank you! 😁 8mo
TheBookHippie I can't wait!!!!! 8mo
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Our next #mgbuddyread is an oldie but goodie - Are You There God? It's me, Margaret by Judy Blume. This is another of our #bannedbooks picks. Join us for a discussion on Sunday, November 25th. Questions are posted in the morning and you join in when you can. @LitsyHappenings

keys_on_fire Love this book! So many great scenes...I reread this recently and it still was fun! 8mo
Peddler410 Recently finished. I hope to remember everything for our discussion later this month. 8mo
TheBookHippie I can not wait!!! I've never discussed this childhood favorite before! 8mo
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Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie Honestly, I'm not sure if I ever read it. 😮 I'm looking forward to our discussion. I just changed the date. Sorry!!! 8mo
TheBookHippie @Lmstraubie no problem !!!! I've read it probably 20 plus times -probably more- it's a favorite for young girls to read since it's banned, so I usually read with them but I've never discussed it with big people 😂😂🙌🏻🤣 8mo
BethM What's the mgbuddyread all about? 8mo
Lmstraubie Hi @BethM The #mgbuddyread is a group of adults who enjoy reading middle grade books (books intended for 8-12 year olds). We read one book a month and have a discussion about the title. We would love to have you join us 🙂 LMK if you have any other questions! 8mo
BethM That could be fun and it won't overload other reading. I've never read the tagged book so I'll try to join you in Dec! 8mo
Lmstraubie @BethM Wonderful! Welcome to the group 🙂 8mo
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Starting this for #mgbuddyread
I think I like the cover....🤔

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#bookschangelivesgiveaway @Moray_Reads
Are you there god it‘s me Margaret by Judy Blume was the first book that spoke to me. I felt like some of it was written for me and that felt wonderful and amazing!
I loved this book because I read it at exactly the right time in my life when I was having similar feelings about myself.

Moray_Reads Another one I've never read! It can be such a powerful thing to read a book just at the right time. This one seems to have spoken to a lot of YA. Thanks for entering ❤️ 9mo
Rissreads I think I was 12/13, that time of your life when you don‘t feel like a kid anymore. 😊 9mo
Moray_Reads @Rissreads ah yes, 13, when you think you're all grown up. Then you get to 30 and you're sure you're still not there! 9mo
Rissreads And still at 47!!!! Thanks for hosting the giveaway and making me reflect 💚 (edited) 9mo
Cinfhen Nice pick (edited) 9mo
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Mehso-so

The title of this book is so pervasive in popular culture as a stand-alone sentence that at times I‘ve found myself wondering if I‘d actually read the book or not. But as soon as I opened this copy the very first sentence took me straight back to 5th grade and the girls-only reading group my teacher started that year. This was the first of several books she assigned us meant to help us deal with puberty and middle school cliques.

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Pickpick

Just reread this gem. It holds up. What I can‘t believe is that after my countless readings as a kid, I had almost completely forgotten the religion aspects of this book. I mean, it‘s right in the title! I was too busy obsessing over the parts about bras and periods and “I must, I must, I must increase my bust!” Blume captures a realistic voice, and she took me right back to being 11 years old.

josie281 My thoughts on Blume selling film rights to this one are mixed. What about you? 9mo
Krisjericho @josie281 I‘m hopeful. I‘m always hopeful when they turn my favorites into movies. And then they make The Giver, or Ready Player One, or the Hitchhiker‘s Guide to the Galaxy, and I wonder why I am ever hopeful. 😂 9mo
Krisjericho But for every Cat in the Hat, there‘s an Anne of Green Gables or The Princess Bride. So I always hope! 9mo
callielafleur @josie281 @Krisjericho With the recent success of To All the Boys I've Loved Before, I am (stupidly?) optimistic. 😂 9mo
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1. I just heard that this book was being made into a movie.
2. Neither. I eat Keto. I guess if I was going to indulge I'd choose pie over cake.
3. I love to walk on the trails, does that count?
4. Somewhere that doesn't get snow in the winter.
5. ❤️ ️ ❤️ ️ ❤️ #friYAYintro
@howjessreads

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#FriYayIntro
Thanks @CouronneDhiver for the tag! 👋🏻😀

📚 love Judy Blume!
🍰🥧🍰🥧🍰🥧🍰🥧 - both!
🖋 Loads - jigsaw puzzles, calligraphy, writing, art, cross-stitch, travel, music, water sports...
🌎 that‘s a tough one because there‘s so many places I haven‘t been yet. But Ireland would be at the top of the list or someplace warm with a beach
😘😘😘 to all!

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Whimsical.Curiosity Oh man, the pressure is on!! 9mo
SW-T @Whimsical.Curiosity Definitely! 9mo
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This is tomorrow & I can‘t wait! We‘re lucky to have friends who invite us every year. Love spending an evening celebrating books & authors. Two years ago we met Kathleen Rooney (Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk) & her husband Martin Seay (The Mirror Thief). Last year we met a senior researcher/curator from The Field Museum. Who will it be tomorrow?!? Best of all, the centerpieces are their books which we can take & get signed! It‘s the best!❤️📚❤️