Judy Blume! Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Deenie, and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing were my friends and constant companions, along with all of Judy Blume’s books, when I was a girl. I would walk around the house with a book in front of my face, doing chores with one hand so I could keep reading. I looked forward to the visits by the bookmobile in my neighborhood so I could get a new stack. Finding a Judy Blume title that I had not yet devoured was cause for an exclamation of joy, but old friends were welcomed just the same.

Judy Blume was my heroine because she expressed so well what I and my fellow classmates were going through. The characters in her books kept me company and soothed many a hurt feeling – they were my friends. I still look back with a smile when I think of all the hours Judy and her creations spent with me and I continue my love of reading to this day.

-Teri Yoo

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