This week's featured Summer Reading author is Judy Blume and she is one of my favorites. As a kid I gobbled up her books one after the other: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Blubber,Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret--each was eagerly anticipated and they accompanied me through childhood.
Blume's young adult novel (though we didn't call it YA back then), Forever..., gave me my first glimpse of a teenage relationship that involved sex and, unlike the Harlequin romances my friends and I had discovered, Forever we read to understand first love and first heartbreak.
Over the years of reading her books, I laughed, I cried, and I felt like Judy Blume understood me. Decades later, readers are still discovering and enjoying Blume's books and her connection to young minds and hearts is timeless.
Not long ago I had the chance to talk to Blume over the phone for a podcast interview (see below), and believe me when I tell you it was--and is--a highlight of my career in books. In anticipation of the call we asked our Facebook fans if they had any questions for Judy Blume, and I asked her a few of them. Fellow Blume fans will be excited to learn that she is working on something new, though she's not ready to share much about it other than the time period it's set in--the 1950's. When I hear more, I'll let you know. Do you have a favorite Judy Blume book or memory?