by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2003-09-07
Girls of a certain age will undoubtedly be familiar with the works of Judy Blume, the Jewish American author whose uncanny ability to identify with her young readers led to a string of best-sellers in the 70s and 80s, including Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing, Forever, Then Again, Maybe I Wont and Its Not The End of The World.
Her most famous book, Are You There God? Its Me, Margaret, focused on an 11-year-old girl being brought up by Jewish and non-Jewish parents, and the difficulties she faced in trying to decide which religion to follow. (she participated in the 2000 publication The Half Jewish Book about growing up with parents of mixed religious backgrounds - in deference to the character of Margaret). However Blume, who grew up with two Jewish parents in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is quick to point out that her family are more like those in another of her best-sellers, Starring Sally J Freedman As Herself.
These days Blume, now 65, is still scribbling away her most recent the childrens book, Double Fudge, was published in 2002, and she has also penned a few novels for grown-up audiences too, including 1998s Summer Sisters. Her books have sold over 75 million copies across the globe and are available in over 20 languages.
To find out more, take a look at her website: www.judyblume.com