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Grade 5-7–The indomitable Sally J. Freedman proves her timelessness in this recording that is skillfully and charmingly narrated by author Judy Blume (Yearling, pap. 1986). It is 1947 and the imaginative Sally is 10 years old. Older brother Douglas has been sickly for some time, so the family moves from New Jersey to Miami Beach's warmer climate. Sally's beloved father stays behind to continue working as a dentist. The family is warmly and realistically portrayed. Mrs. Freedman's excessive caution and worrying clearly cause difficulties for her husband and children. The relationship between Douglas and Sally is not so warmly portrayed, with the usual sniping between siblings. Sally spends the winter making friends, getting into trouble, and trying to prove that an elderly man in their Miami apartment building is really Hitler in disguise. She frequently thinks about Ma Fanny's sister and niece who were both killed in Dachau. References to Jewish traditions are explained. Sally spends much of her time dreaming up stories in which she is a detective, movie star, or volunteer for American postwar efforts–and always the heroine. Blume's narration is spirited and perfectly paced. While she doesn't give each character a different voice, her tone differentiates them. Clearly there is much of Judy Blume in the main character and her affection for Sally shines through. The novel is as pertinent today as it was when first published, making it a must have for most libraries.–B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor, NY
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Who do you tell when you're certain that Hitler is alive, retired, and living in Miami Beach?
It's 1947, and Sally J. Freedman full of wild ideas. She's got her eye on handsome Peter Hornstein, the Latin lover of her dreams...on hold Mr. Zavodsky, who looks suspiciously like Hitler in disguise...and on her father, who Sally misses terribly. There are so many things to worry and wonder about. But whatever happens, Sally's school year in Miami Beach will certainly be exciting--and absolutely unforgetable. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Read this book numerous times as a child. It's Judy Blume at her best.Published on Feb. 27 2010 by Megan Calas
Excellent read. I enjoyed Sally and her overactive imagination. I learned a lot--I was quite young when I read this--about the time period. Blume handled Sally's fears well. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2003 by Alicia Walker
Well, first off, I'll tell you that at 14, believe or not, this was the first Judy Blume book i've ever read. Read morePublished on June 14 2003
This is a very exciting book. When Sally moves to Florida she goes to a school that she absolutely loves because there is a boy named Peter that she really loves. Read morePublished on May 21 2003
This is a great book ! It was published in 1977 and I would give it a 10 out of 5 rating. The author is Judy Blume. The book takes place in 1945, right after the war. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2003
In this book,which I really liked, I really connected with the girl, Sally, who grows up in 1947. She is 12 years old and says the wrong things at the wrong time. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2002 by a student
It is really really really really bad! She (sally j freedman) is always talking about hitler and how he is going to skin her and bathe in her blood! Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2002
I first received this book when I was 9, it was a Christmas gift from my mother. I read that book so many times I destroyed it, but I never forgot it. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2002
In the winter of 1947, 10-year-old Sally J. Freedman and her Jewish family (consisting of her parents; grandmother, Ma Fanny; and brother, Douglas) move to Miami Beach, Florida,... Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2002