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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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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. 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?
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Judy Blume... One of my favorite authors as a child and this is the first book I was introduced to and I became hooked by her writing. “Are you there God? It's me, Margaret.“ A book about a girl going through stages in her female life with all the confusion of teenage issues, boy crushes, friendships, parent problems, among other things that every girl goes through while learning about herself on so many levels. #UCFLAE3414F19

Tinks This short novel falls best under RF with a UDL 3.2 regarding highlighting patterns, critical features, big ideas, & relationships along with EL 3,6 for encouraging self-talk (positive thinking) & continually monitor students' comprehension. Although this novel is on the ban list, I feel it is a great resource for knowledge & understanding to incorporate into classroom lessons, group projects, and open classroom discussions. Must have. 2w
cassandram I really like the summary of this book. Think this would be such a great book to introduce in grades 5-6. This would definitely help students know they aren‘t alone. 2w
JRone I did Judy Blume for my author study! I love this book and how realistic it is about the life of a growing teenage girl. 2w
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JennaMichelleCohn I‘ve heard about this one before, I think the title itself is enough to hook someone. 2w
kradebaugh I have this book and it is a really good one. I love your review on it and I the UDLs that you chose 2w
fabozzia Ah, I loved Judy Bloom when I was younger as well. I don‘t remember this book, so definitely adding it to my list! 2w
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“How can I stop worrying when I don‘t know if I‘m going to turn out normal?” “I promise, you‘ll turn out normal.”

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This book can give girls a sense of belonging and relief that they are not alone while going through puberty. This can be a scary time in their lives, and I think this book would be something great for them to read. Although Margaret does belong to a specific religion, she prays to God each day to help her with her new life. This book would be great for any pre-teen.

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I loved re-reading this book and I remember enjoying it as a kid, too! This story is great for any pre-teen girl, looking for some inspiration. Margaret is a strong young girl, considering she started sixth grade in a new state. She also is going through changes with her body, and so are her new friends. I think any pre-teen would love this, especially if they are experiencing the changes in their lives.

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ElizaMarie
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I thought I posted a review. Don‘t remember all of what I said but a big part of it was this reminded me of being a preteen trying to navigate my boobs, my first period and my first kissing game.

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I‘m gonna squeeze this one in for #bannedbookeeek. I have never read this one actually.

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This book was everything I remembered it being when I read it in fifth grade. Timeless classic touching on so many subjects kids today still face.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book 264/265 9/21/19

#BBRC #MiddleGrade

LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍🤓 2mo
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I rarely reread a book as an adult. Too many books, too little time. But I used to reread a lot more as a kid and I read this one many times. It meant so much to me. I decided to reread it for #BBRC #MiddleGrade Real Classic. I can‘t wait!

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh 2mo
Michellekidwell Loved that book as a kid! 2mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Seeing that cover of Superfudge takes me back! Love it 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I got your card!!! It took almost a month!! I‘m excited to read it! ❤️❤️ 2mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 Stars

Hard to rate a kids books, but I‘m rating it 3 stars as an adult reading it. If I were 12 years old I‘d rate it higher. I‘m not a prude, but I had to question if I‘d want my young child reading a book that mentions Playboy on more than one occasion. This is definitely a book for mature kids going through puberty.

I don‘t normally read this genre, but it‘s a title I‘ve heard many times over the years, so I thought Id check it out.

baes I do want to add (I ran out of room), that the real message behind this book is very much needed to be read by kids. Especially those who can‘t seem to fit in, but there‘s something in this book for everyone. I would have benefited greatly from a book like this at 12. 3mo
Zelma Judy Blume was a godsend when I was a kid. I read her starting around age 8 and loved everything. I think younger ages can handle things like this, as I remember seeing my first Playboy at that age. Yes, I was too young, but it still happened (friend and I found it at their house). Books like Blume‘s allow kids to explore things that may be a mystery or taboo or coming down the pike. 3mo
baes @Zelma Thanks for your insight. I think times have changed tremendously over the years. Look at PG (& many G rated too) movies in the 80‘s for example. Those would be rated PG-13 now. Kids just aren‘t as aware of this stuff as they once were. It is a different time. There‘s parental controls on everything. As an 80‘s kid I often came across stuff I wasn‘t suppose to (of course parenting/supervision comes into play now). Kids can see stuff now too. 3mo
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baes @Zelma I see your point. But as a mother I just couldn‘t hand that to my kids (7 and 10). In a couple years, sure. 3mo
Scochrane26 Kids are very aware of many things at a young age today. Some might not be aware due to parents, my friend‘s kids for example. But, I have to have conversations about consent, sexual conversations & gestures at least once a yr with 5th graders. I had a kid last yr that started a sexual game in class-a 3rd grader. His mother was horrified. I think it just depends on the kid‘s maturity & should be left to parents to decide (most parents). 3mo
baes @Scochrane26 Oh, I agree. I guess my point is that I‘m not going to knowingly hand my kid a book that talks about Playboy. That‘s all. They can know about it...that‘s different. But an 8 year old doesn‘t need to be reading books with it. Periods? Okay. Talking about bodies? Okay. I‘m talking about people saying it being okay for an 8 year old. 12 years old, fine. There‘s a big difference. 3mo
baes @Scochrane26 Also, I‘m very big on being honest with my kids. They know right from wrong (I‘m big on this), we use proper anatomy terms, they know what sex is. But I also take precautions with what content my kids are around. Can I shield them from everything? No way. But I know my 7 year old (1st grade) doesn‘t know what Playboy is. My 5th grader is just starting to get curious about this stuff. He comes to me with questions. 3mo
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“It's not so much that I like him as a person God, but as a boy he's very handsome.”

#LilithJuly | 31: #ThisOnesForTheGirls

📷: Made with Typorama

KarenUK Thanks for all the great quotes this month... I‘ve looked forward to them every day! 😊💕 4mo
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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!!!! 6mo
Stacy_31 This was one of my favorites as a kid! 6mo
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. 6mo
Andrew65 A true classic of children‘s fiction. 6mo
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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! 6mo
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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 😍

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TrishB Lovely ❤️ 7mo
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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 😊💗😊 7mo
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1. Careless Whisper by WHAM
2. Taurus
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* 7mo
Kappadeemom @tournevis lol... the other top song was We Are the World...not much better 😂😂 7mo
tournevis @Kappadeemom A bit bettet. 7mo
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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 7mo
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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. 🤣 8mo
Kimberlone @FlowerFairy nice! I got detention in 8th grade for reading a book in PE! 8mo
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Who else was a Beverly clearly fan in their youth? MEMEMEMEMEME

DGRachel RAMONA!!!!! (I *might* have been a fan...) 8mo
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I mean...

MCYmermaid ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 8mo
DarcysMom Wow! 💕💕💕 8mo
Ingerella Wow! That's awesome!! 8mo
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Stephaniereads1 Amazing!!! 8mo
Reviewsbylola Whoa, so cool! This is one of those seminal teenage books that always stuck with me. 8mo
MicheleinPhilly @Reviewsbylola I may have elbowed a little girl aside to snag it. I was like, “You weren‘t alive! You don‘t know!” 8mo
DGRachel @MicheleinPhilly 🤣🤣 I would have done that, too! 8mo
Reecaspieces Oh wow! 8mo
LeahBergen 💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️ 8mo
Blaire 😍💕😍💕 8mo
DivineDiana Fantastic! ❤️ 8mo
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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! 10mo
suvata @McFarchie I think that is probably the perfect age to read this book. 10mo
CBee One of my favorites as a kid! ❤️ 10mo
suvata @CBee I can see why. 😊 10mo
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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 10mo
suvata @RadicalReader Yep, I missed all of those first time around — Perhaps I will introduce my grandkids to them. 10mo
dgingo I read it when I was a kid and remember loving it/finding it impactful. Enjoy! 10mo
Oryx In reckon I've read this about 15 times! Loved it 10mo
suvata @dgingo @Oryx I‘m enjoying it so far 10mo
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“Are you there, God? It‘s me, Wicket.”

#WicketsWorld #DogsOfLitsy

JoScho 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 10mo
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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 11mo
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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. 😉 11mo
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. 11mo
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#mgbuddyread My copies ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Lmstraubie This is fantastic!!! 11mo
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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 🙂 11mo
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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. 11mo
Lmstraubie I'm figuring this one had some updates in it considering the cover. 😁 11mo
Peddler410 @Lmstraubie If there were updates I didn‘t catch ‘em 11mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 Interesting I thought maybe this updated the belt & pad idea. I guess it was just the cover. 11mo
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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. 11mo
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??? 11mo
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. 11mo
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TheBookHippie I loved rereading this!!! 11mo
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 😉🤣 11mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie 😉🤣 11mo
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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 🤷‍♀️ 11mo
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. 11mo
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. 11mo
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TheBookHippie I don't know?!?!??! 🤣🤷🏽‍♀️I'm torn. 11mo
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. 11mo
Chelsibno I like both @mrp27 & @Daisey ‘s reasoning behind why keeping the secret was the best way to go. 11mo
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. 11mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie Exactly. 11mo
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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. 11mo
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. 11mo
mrp27 To put it succinctly, I thought they were assholes. 11mo
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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 🤢🤢🤢🤬🥵. . 11mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW this is my life. With these kind of people. 11mo
Chelsibno I hated them! It disappoints me that their reasons behind disowning their daughter still occur in some families today. 11mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie Mine too actually. Of sorts. My town. My family. Ugh. It can make life interesting for sure....😳🤪🤯🤬🤢 11mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 🤣🤣🤣 11mo
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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) 11mo
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! 11mo
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. 11mo
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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. 11mo
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. 11mo
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! 11mo
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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) 11mo
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. 11mo
JaclynW @Peddler410 Definitely real!! 11mo
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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. 11mo
TheBookHippie @Peddler410 I so agree and I feel for Laura that was ME!!! I so remember ugh. 11mo
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. 11mo
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. 11mo
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno @mrp27 @TheBookHippie @JaclynW @Peddler410 Well said. I don't really think I can add anything. 11mo
JaclynW @mrp27 I felt the same way about Laura! I liked Laura. Do you think Margaret learned that lesson? 11mo
JaclynW @Chelsibno Puberty is indeed rough for everyone. I have 2 kids going through it. Ugh...!!! 11mo
mrp27 @JaclynW I hope so. If anything she at least sees Laura as honest and Nancy a liar. 11mo
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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. 11mo
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. 11mo
mrp27 Absolutely! I agree with @Peddler410 friends new or old always have an impact. 11mo
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TheBookHippie Yes. Huge learning experiences here. Also who is true friend material and judging from appearances. 11mo
Chelsibno Yes, friends always have a huge impact, especially at the age Margaret is at. 11mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @JaclynW @mrp27 @TheBookHippie @Chelsibno I did find it interesting that she made such good friends so quickly. 11mo
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.🤔 11mo
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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. 11mo
JaclynW @Peddler410 I agree. Leave this one alone. Write another. 11mo
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.) 11mo
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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. 11mo
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. 11mo
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. 11mo
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. 11mo
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Peddler410 That is certainly a prevalent focus, but the book covers so much more than that. 11mo
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. 11mo
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. 11mo
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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. 11mo
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 . 11mo
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. 11mo
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. 11mo
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. 11mo
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? 11mo
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 11mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie I will have to see if my 15 year old daughter would read it. She's very particular in her books. 11mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Keep me posted 11mo
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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. 11mo
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. 11mo
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.) 11mo
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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. 11mo
TheBookHippie Yes. I still read this with young girls. It is still well loved!!! Sorry late!!! 11mo
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. 11mo
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 😆. 11mo
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. 11mo
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. 🤣 11mo
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 🤔 11mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie There was no mention of "the belt" in my edition. 11mo
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. 11mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie I agree. 11mo
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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! 12mo
BethM @LA_Mead thanks! 12mo
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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 12mo
Lmstraubie @RadicalReader I enjoy her adult books as well. Consider joining us next Sunday! 12mo
LeahBergen This was such a huge book of my childhood. 😍 12mo
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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.... 🤨 12mo
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