Judy Blume was born in the New Jersey suburbs often the setting of her books. When her two children started going to school, she took a course in creative writing at her old university, and an international publishing phenomenon followed. In addition to multi-million sales of her books and numerous awards, Judy is the recipient of an honorary 2004 National Book Award for her contribution to American Literature.
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 2001 Cahners Business Information.