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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 13 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385739869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385739863
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 0.9 x 20.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #464,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. Judy Blume and her character Margaret Simon were the first to say out loud (and in a book even) that it is normal for girls to wonder when they are ever going to fill out their training bras. Puberty is a curious and annoying time. Girls' bodies begin to do freakish things--or, as in Margaret's case, they don't do freakish things nearly as fast as girls wish they would. 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? She begins to look into the cups of her training bra for answers ... --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Judy Blume's body of work returns to her original editor, Richard Jackson, with the rerelease of four classics in hardcover. An African-American family moves to all-white Grove Street in Iggie's House, to be released in April. The author's breakthrough title, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, about 11-year old Margaret Simon's struggles with puberty and religion, is now available in hardcover as well as in a Spanish-language edition, Estas ahi Dios? Soy yo, Margaret. Two additional titles came out last season: Blubber takes on preteen teasing; and It's Not the End of the World explores the effects of divorce.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scoopriches TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 10 2013
Format: Paperback
Very few classics are left that I still care about reading some day. Hemingway I have always found a colossal overblown bore, so he never qualified for further perusal. That Russian guy I am too lazy to google who writes about the Brothers Whatitsname have held zero enticement for me.

But one book existed which I still really wanted to read. It was published in1970 and represented a sea change in children’s literature.

And now that I have finally read Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume, I can understand why.

This story is fast competing with Kavalier and Clay as my absolute favourite for the year. To say I was blown away by the greatness Judy Blume has created here is an understatement. Wow.

The story, for all those who have not been converted already like me, is all about Margaret. She is an eleven year old girl, an only child, whose parents abruptly decide to uproot their lives and move out of New York City. Ending up in a new town, meeting a new friend, developing a new crush on an older boy, and sporting a new fashion sense in order to fit in, Margaret slams through many new concepts over the course of a very short amount of time.

To top this all off, she reveals early on that because one parent is Jewish and the other Christian, Margaret has been raised with no religion. To say this causes some eyebrows to arch is an understatement. This, along with other factors, gives her a quest to find a faith, a year long journey filled with questions and adventures. To complicate matters, in Margaret’s young mind, is that she already has a relationship with God, who she talks to every night.

Margaret changes and grows, spiritually, socially and physically all through the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather on Sept. 30 2000
Format: Paperback
This was a really funny book. I wouldnt call it a great novel of western civilization, but it was fun to read and it didnt bore me. The book's about Margaret, a preteen (theres a LOT of emphasis on the whole "preteen" thing) who moves from New York to a small New Jersey suburb. She makes friends with one of her neighbors, Nancy, who in turn welcomes Margaret into her circle of friends (the two of them and two other girls, Gretchen and Janie, who call themselves the Preteen Sensations). Margaret is the narrarator for the book, and most the things she says are funny (for example, she decides she likes someone for the sole reason that he has clean fingernails), and I can relate to the way she or her friends do or say something asinine out of the blue. If you want to read a book that isnt dumb and doesnt take a lot of time to read, you'll like it too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on Aug. 15 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was awsome! This book was helpful to me beacause this girl, Margaret is going to grade 6 and so am I. It gave me tips on how grade 6 would be like. I would recomond this book to ages 11-16.(pre-teens mostly)

A 11 year old girl named Margaret just moved to Farbrook, New Jersy from New York. She becomes friends with 4 girls and form a group named the P.T.S.(Pre-teen sensations) Margaret goes through puberty and askes god for help. She has crushes on boys and is growing quickly. At the end of the story, 2 of her friends gets there period and then finaly she gets it and she was SO happy.

Hope you read this WONDERFUL book. If you want to know more, JUST READ IT!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Penny Thoughtful on Nov. 4 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book when I was 11 and I didn't like it at all. Margaret is such a jerk for picking the handsome boy over the nice boy and for being mean to another girl just because her breasts are big. Also, who in her right mind would *want* big breasts when girls who have them get called sluts just because they wear a bra? And who in her right mind would *want* to get her period when all it means is a lot of mess and fuss? The only thing I like about this book is the insight into different religions, which is vaguely interesting. (...)it makes girls who are "different" feel like they are bad people.
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Judy Blume's writings were often deemed controversial. Oddly enough, Margaret's concerns placed this book, in the year 1970, under that label. Whether it be because of sex talk, periods, or Playboy references, this is a book that all preteens ought to read. Why? Margaret is a regular girl dealing with normal adolescent troubles. She's moved to New Jersey, she suspects, because her parents wanted to distance herself from her grandmother, who paid for Margaret's private school tuition, knit her cute little sweaters, and doted on her in a big way. Now, Maragret will go to public school. You can already see the transition to a new neighborhood won't be all too rough - she and Nancy Wheeler become fast friends and find they will be in the same sixth grade class. She, along with Nancy, Gretchen Potter and Janie Loomis, start the Four Preteen Sensations.
Blume frankly addresses puberty, as well as religion. I like the fact that Margaret feels she can talk to God without actually belonging to any particular organized religion. She is technically half Catholic and half Jewish and a pivotal part of the book is her search to find which religion is right for her. She visits a synogague and a church, yet does not feel God in either place. This exploration of faith is actually something I have seen quite a few younger kids go through today in society - it really is no different from 1970!
Margaret constantly wants her period. Why? I don't know. It will make her feel more grown-up, more womanly, I guess. Yes, I know, I know, I just answered my own question! :) Margaret also wants the body of a woman. She and her friends gossip about Laura Danker, a buxom sixth grader with a bad reputation, seemingly only because of her figure.
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