I’m so sorry for the lack of a post yesterday, I was so busy!
Today I will be reviewing three Judy Blume books in one; Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and Otherwise Known as Sheila The Great! (Synopsises are from Goodreads)
About the books: 1. Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret:
Margaret Simon, almost twelve, has just moved from New York City to the suburbs, and she’s anxious to fit in with her new friends. When she’s asked to join a secret club she jumps at the chance. But when the girls start talking about boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret starts to wonder if she’s normal. There are some things about growing up that are hard for her to talk about, even with her friends. Lucky for Margaret, she’s got someone else to confide in… someone who always listens.
2. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing:
Life with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he’s never far from trouble. He’s an almost three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter’s had it up to here!When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter’s pet turtle, it’s the last straw. Peter has put up with Fudge for too long. Way too long! How can he get his parents to pay attention to him for a change?
3. Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great:
Sheila Tubman sometimes wonders who she really is: the outgoing, witty, and capable Sheila the Great, or the secret Sheila, who’s afraid of the dark, spiders, swimming, and dogs. When her family spends the summer in Tarrytown, Sheila has to face some of her worst fears. Not only does a dog come with the rented house, but her parents expect Sheila to take swimming lessons! Sheila does her best to pretend she’s an expert at everything, but she knows she isn’t fooling her new best friend, Mouse Ellis, who happens to be a crackerjack swimmer and a dog lover. What will it take for Sheila to admit to the Tarrytown kids — and to herself — that she’s only human?
Review: All of these books were so lighthearted and memorable! They all focus on tweens who are still trying to find their identities, strengths, and weaknesses, and also who their real friends are. These books were written in the 1970s, but I can definitely see why kids are still in love with them today in 2016! These books are very light reads which do not really deal with any deep, sensitive topics, and they also do not take very long to complete. They may be shorter than most books, but it’s the quality that counts! All the protagonists in these books are pre-teens and they do face conflicts of some kind, but at the end, they discover that they did not matter in the long run, and that battling these problems only made them stronger and more prepared for their futures! I really enjoyed the writing style in these books. Judy Blume has such a unique way of writing, and it absolutely shows in her work! For anyone who wants a light, fun read or just wants a cute, short book to read, definitely pick up any of these books, even if you’re not a tween! *Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great are a duology, but they do not need to be read in a specific order.
Ratings: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret: 4.5 Stars
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing & Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great: 4 Stars
30 Day Book Challenge:
Day 21: Today’s prompt is the first novel I ever remember reading. I was six years old when I read Junie B., First Grader (at Last!) by Barbara Park! I remember really loving it and this whole series, and I have read most of the books in the series (other than the newest one[s]) at least twice! I will do a whole review of the series soon!
Day 22: Today’s prompt is a book that makes me cry. I cried a lot at the end of Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur, it was so sad! Review to come!