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September 4, 2013

What’s wrong with Judy Blume?

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Children’s author Judy Blume has five books that appear regularly on Banned Books lists: Forever (7), Blubber (30), Deenie (42), Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret (60), and Tiger Eyes (89). The numbers in brackets are the challenges made to ban these popular children’s books.

Judy Blume writes books kids want to read. Her characters are placed in real-life situations including divorce, the first forays into sex oncluding masturbation,  diseases such as scoliosis, menstruation, and death.

Forever tells of a teenaged boy and girl who fall in love and have sex. Groundbreaking  when it came out in 1975, its heroine did not get pregnant, did not get a sexually-transmitted disease, did not get lectured by some sanctimonious authority figure, and did not get punished in any way. She went on the pill, lost her virginity, and her life went on, just like it will for a hundred thousand teenagers this afternoon.


In Blume’s Deenie, the story tells of a girl with scoliosis. The book has been banned or hidden behind the librarian’s desk in many school districts, because like many millions of girls in real life, Deenie masturbates.

Blume’s books are controversial among  closed minded people afraid to look realistically at what young people think and question.

Blume has written “picture books” for little kids, books generally aimed at grade-schoolers, books for adolescents and teenagers, and novels for adults. Her books have sold about 70,000,000 copies, and none of her titles are out of print. Most recently, Tiger Eyes has been made into a movie.

Her books include:


Author of books:
Iggy’s House (1970, novel, juvenile)
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (1970, novel, juvenile)
Then Again, Maybe I Won’t (1971, novel, juvenile)
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (1972, novel, juvenile)
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great (1972, novel, juvenile)
Deenie (1973, novel, juvenile)
Blubber (1974, novel, juvenile)
Forever (1976, novel, juvenile)
Wifey (1977, novel)
Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself (1977, novel, juvenile)
Superfudge (1980, novel, juvenile)
Smart Women (1984, novel)
Fudge-a-mania (1990, novel, juvenile)
Here’s to You Rachel Robinson (1993, novel, juvenile)
Summer Sisters (1998, novel)

My kids have read all of them. Every…last…one! We’ve had great conversations abut them for decades. Good books are timeless.

About the Author

Christine Anne Piesyk
Christine Anne Piesyk brings over 40 years of experience to the pages of Business Clarksville; she has edited news, opinion, politics, business, arts/leisure, food, lifestyle, education and travel pages in both daily and weekly newspapers. Now retired, she words as an editorial consultant, and remains an editorial consultant to Business & Heritage Clarksville. " At 18, she began working with film and theatre critic Sam Hoffman, and at 27 launched The Entertainment Review as a radio medium with Jesse Garon. As a film/arts critic, she co-produced the Review for 25 years in both print and radio. The number of films she has, seen, studied or reviewed number in the thousands. "Lifelong education and a career in media have afforded me extraordinary opportunities," Piesyk said. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in individualized studies from Goddard College.


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