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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Reprints edition (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447202910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447202912
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The classic novel about bullying from the phenomenal Judy Blume.

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For several decades Judy Blume has been winning legions of fans around the world with her stories. More than 82 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into thirty-two languages. She receives thousands of letters every month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and concerns with her. Her much-loved books include Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, Tiger Eyes and Forever, as well as adult novels Wifey, Smart Women and In the Unlikely Event. Judy lives on islands up and down the east coast of America with her husband.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 May 2001
Format: Paperback
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 By IcedGems on 18 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Jun. 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barny on 9 Jan. 2013
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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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By Zoe on 9 Nov. 2013
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"It's very foolish to laugh if you don't know what's funny in the first place."

Jill Brenner joins the rest of the class in the bullying of a fellow classmate what she wasn't expecting to happen was for the table to turn.

This wasn't as good as I remember it being. I remember it being a book I could not put down, oh how times have changed.

The moral of the story is very subtle but it's there. There's no comeuppance for the ringleader, hell the girl being bullied doesn't even stand up for herself, she seems to accept the bullying. There's no adult interference - at times I thought their teacher was being a bit of a bully herself. Jill can't even sympathise with what Linda went through when she started getting bullied herself.

I loved the author note at the end explaining why she wrote the book going on to say that children very often not mention when they're being bullied or witness bullying. Overall this is a book that portrays the painfulness of bullying and like most real life bullying situations does not end up being tied with a neat little bow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frosties on 12 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 July 2000
Format: Paperback
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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By Denyse King on 14 July 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I borrowed this book from the library as part of the public libraries' Summer Reading Challenge (I was allowed to join as an adult because I am a Patron of Reading). This book is a cautionary tale of how simple it is to fall into the trap of being a bully, and how easy it is to start being the one who gets bullied.
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