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Blubber [Hardcover]

Judy Blume
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Book Description

1 Dec 1982

Blubber is a thick layer of fat that lies under the skin and over the muscles of whales . . .

When Linda innocently reads out her class project, everyone finds it funny. Linda can't help it if she's fat, but what starts as a joke leads to a sustained and cruel ritual of humiliation. Jill knows she should defend Linda, but at first she's too scared. When she eventually stands up to the bullies, she becomes their next victim - and what's worse, Linda is now on their side . . .

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD (1 Dec 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0027110109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0027110104
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,430,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, NJ, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places, doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Superfudge; Blubber; Just As Long As We're Together; and Forever. She has also written the best-selling novels Wifey; Smart Women; and, Summer Sisters. More than 75 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into twenty-six languages.

She receives thousands of letters each month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and

concerns with her.

Judy received a B.S. in education from New York University in 1961, which named her a Distinguished Alumna in 1996, the same year that American Library Association honored her with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has won more than ninety awards, none more important than those coming directly from her youngest readers.

She serves on the boards of the Author's Guild, currently as Vice President; the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, where she sponsors an award for contemporary fiction; and the National Coalition Against Censorship, working to protect intellectual freedom. In Spring 2002, Judy was a spokesperson for the Cheerios "A Book for Every Child" literacy campaign which benefited Reading is Fundamental, America's largest literacy organization. She is also the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation.

Judy's first book in the Fudge series, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, was published in 1972. She is thrilled to be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with the publication of Double Fudge. Just as generations of fans have loved the Fudge books, generations of Judy's family have inspired them. Thirty years ago, Fudge was inspired by her son, Larry, and now Double Fudge was written at the request of her grandson, Elliot.

Judy lives on islands up and down the East Coast with her husband George Cooper. They have three grown children and one grandchild.

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For several decades Judy Blume has been winning legions of fans around the world with her stories. More than 75 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. She receives thousands of letters every month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and concerns with her. Judy lives on islands up and down the east coast of America with her husband. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting points on bullying. 4 May 2001
By A Customer
This is yet another great book by Judy Blume. It all starts when a plump girl called Linda reads her project on the whale. Her class esp. Jill takes great fun in teasing her and calling her 'Blubber' but the tables soon turn when Jill is teased by the class and is called 'Baby Brenner' by her best fiend. This is a must read if your ever thinking about hurting someones feelings or calling them names.It shows the consequences and how you can be a bully without even knowing it. This book is a short easy read it is probably aimed between the ages of 8-11. I am 12 though and have read it many times.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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When chubby Linda reads out her whale prodject she doesn't realise all the teasing was going to be done to her. When she read out her whale project everybody was sniggering. Jill joins in all the cruel and unkind teasing because she thought Linda deserved it, but Linda certainly doesn't. A BRILLIANT READ FOR 9 YEAR OLDS!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking fast read 18 Feb 2007
I have to confess it's a long time since I read any Judy Blume, and I don't think I ever read Blubber before. It's good - the main character takes part in bullying one of the girls in the class (who isn't even particularly fat but just never fights back) and towards the end she finds that she's now the one being bullied. From a writer's point of view it was really interesting to see how the main character was portrayed - it's very difficult to write from the point of view of a bully because you don't want your readers to hate her so much that they put the book down. I thought it was briliantly handled until the last few chapters, when the attention is turned to a new victim. This seemed to fizzle out rather quickly, and the main character didn't have any kind of realisation of how nasty she had been in the past. Maybe I'm being naive, but I'd have liked her to have some kind of moment when she realised that 'what goes around, comes around' and all of that.

It's a fast read though and suitable for children at the middle/top end of primary school. I should think too that it would provoke a lot of discussion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what she wanted 9 Jan 2013
By Barny
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My little niece loves these books and has quiet a few of them, she was very pleased I bought ti her for Christmas and she recommended it to friend of hers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review about Blubber from a 10 year old girl 12 Feb 2012
I loved this book but can't believe how mean they were to her.
It made me feel worried about going to high school and that people might be mean to me.
I am glad I read it because in the book it says a girl who can laugh off the mean comments will earn respect.
I would recommend this book to 10 to 11 year olds and maybe talk about it with your mum.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making Fun Of Linda 9 Aug 2010
A Kid's Review
When shy, chubby looking Linda reads out her report on whales and tells the class that the stuff inside them are called blubber, Wendy, the most popular girl in the school says that is what her new nickname would be. Blubber. Linda tries to ignore everyone but then later in the book, she tries to stand up for herself as Jill Brenner goes along with all the name calling and cruel remarks.
Another good book from Judy Blume and very well written too. I'd give it five stars because it was very interesting and I couldn't put it down.
Before I purchased it, I thought Jill was going to be the popular one of the whole school after I read the blurb.
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3.0 out of 5 stars worth a look 8 July 2000
By A Customer
A story about a girl who starts to get friendly with the class bully and joins in namecalling the class outcast but finds that it isn't so nice when the tables are turned . . . a good moral is woven into the storyline
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