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Blume, Judith Sussman (Judy)

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Born: 1938 AD
Currently alive, at 76 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Authors

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1938 - She was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on the 12th of February.

1961 - Received a B.S. degree in Education from New York University (NYU).

1970-1974 - Wrote novels "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret", and "Blubber".

1975 - Forever tells of a teenaged boy and girl who fall in love and have sex. The book was groundbreaking when it came out, because the heroine didn't get pregnant, didn't get a sexually-transmitted disease, didn't get lectured by some sanctimonious authority figure, and didn't get punished in any way.

1981 - Blume feels so strongly about the lack of communication between children and their parents that she uses the royalties from Letters to Judy, among other projects, to help finance the KIDS Fund, which she established.

1986 - Blume collected a number of these letters from her readers and published them, along with some of her own comments, as Letters to Judy: What Your Kids Wish They Could Tell You.

1996 - The American Library Association selected Blume for its Margaret A. Edwards Award for her contributions to young adult literature.

1998 - But her breakout hit Summer Sisters was widely praised and sold more than 3 million copies.

2000 - Received the Library of Congress Living Legends award in the "Writers and Artists" category.

2004 - Awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.


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