Judy BlumeJudith Blume (née Sussman; February 12, 1938) is an American writer of children's, young adult and adult fiction. Blume began writing in 1959 and has published more than 25 novels since then. Some of her best known works are ''Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.'' (1970), ''Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing'' (1972), ''Deenie'' (1973), and ''Blubber'' (1974). Blume's books have significantly contributed to children's and young adult literature.
Blume was born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and graduated from New York University in 1961. As an attempt to entertain herself in her role as a homemaker, Blume began writing stories. Throughout her life, Blume has been married three times. As of 2020, she has three children and one grandson.
As one of the first authors to write young adult novels about controversial topics including masturbation, menstruation, teen sex, birth control, and death, Blume was a catalyst for the movement of controversial topics being expressed in children's and young adult literature. Her novels have sold over 82 million copies and have been translated into 32 languages.
She has won many awards for her writing, including American Library Association (ALA)'s Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1996 for her contributions to young adult literature. She was recognized as a Library of Congress Living Legend and also awarded the 2004 National Book Foundation medal for distinguished contribution to American letters.
Blume's novels are very popular and widely loved. Many praise Blume's novels for teaching children and young adults about their bodies. However, the mature topics in Blume's books have caused criticism and controversy. The ALA has named Blume as one of the most frequently challenged authors of the 21st century. There have also been several media adaptations from Blume's novels. The most well-known adaptation is of her novel ''Tiger Eyes'' which was turned into a movie in 2012, with Willa Holland starring as Davey. Provided by Wikipedia