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Deenie (Isis Large Print for Children Cornerstone) [Hardcover]

Judy Blume
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April 1988 Isis Large Print for Children Cornerstone
When Deenie finds out that she has scoliosis, she’s scared. When she sees the brace for the first time, she wants to scream.

But the words won’t come out. And Deenie, beautiful Deenie, who everyone says should be a model, is stuck wearing a brace from her neck to her hips. For four years—or longer. She never worried about how she looked before—how will she ever face the hard times ahead?
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Product details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Books; Lrg edition (April 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155736026X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557360267
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 16.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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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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About the Author

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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My mother named me Deenie because right before I was born she saw a movie about a beautiful girl named Wilmadeene, who everybody called Deenie for short. Read the first page
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great and very realistic! 26 April 2002
By A Customer
This is a great book about a young girl who discovers she has scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and the effects it has on her life. It's all about how she reacts to it and learns to deal with it, and with her friends reactions to the scoliosis and in particular the brace she has to wear.
As a 'girl' with scoliosis myself, I found this book very realistic and helpful, I first read it at 9 and 12 years later I'm still reading it again and again. It is a great book with brilliant charachters and I would (and have) recommended it to all my friends.
Whether you are just looking for a good book, or whether you want to learn about the struggle girls have with scoliosis, it is a great book and well worth a read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By adele
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This short book is aimed at a young pre=teen audience. Deenie is a 7th grader who has a mum and aunt who adamant that one day she will be a famous model. Their expectations for Deenie's sister, Helen, are that she will have some type of high flying academic career. Neither of these things are what the girls want for themselves.

Deenie is discovered to have scoliosis of the spine and has to wear a back brace for four years. This causes deep insecurities and embarassment for Deenie and she is worried that the one boy she likes will no longer be interested.

The book is told from Deenie's perspective with the correct thought processes of a girl her age. The characterisation is very good for all the character's who are all very different from each other.

This has been a banned and challenged book due to some of it's content which focuses on female masturbation for comfort and on Deenie's questions about sex as a young adolescent, but I felt the subjects were covered sensitively and accurately.

The general style and simplicity of the book put me in mind of a readership age of about of about 10 years old or maybe even younger but the content is more appropriate for girls aged 12-14. This is a disparity which does not work.

I also felt that the ending was rather abrupt, more could definitely been said.

Overall I would give this book 3/5 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 6 Nov 2000
By A Customer
I read this book two years ago, and I didn't know what scoliosis was until then. I have recently been diagnosed with scoliosis and I wouldn't have known what it was if I had not read the book. I have read it again a few weeks ago and I have understood it more, since I now have it myself. I would recommend this book to anyone, as it is interesting as well as informative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great book from Judy Blume! 29 Dec 2001
Deenie is the story of a teenage girl whose mother's dream is for her to become a model. Deenie isn't so sure about this but goes along with it to please her mother. When Deenie is diagnosed with Scoliosis, a condition of the spine which means she has to wear a back brace, Deenies mothers dreams of her beautiful daughter becoming a model are shattered. Though Deenie is relieved not to have to become a model she hates wearing the brach, but it doesn't look like she has much choice......
This book is written in a simple, readable style as are many Judy Blume books. The dialogue is very realistic and the characters are interesting and believable.
This is a very enjoyable book that deals with interesting issues that many authors are scared to discuss. A must for every Judy Blume fan!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deenie- Judy Blume 13 Nov 2009
A Kid's Review
This book is great! I was gripped from the first page and read it in 2 days flat. I think that this book gets the message across that not everyone is perfect, you have got to accept people the way they are. I love that Deenie is learning how to accept herself and explores a lot of herself through the journey with the story.This is a great book and all ages above 10 or 11 could read this book with a good understanding of the message and plot. I read it and I am 12. One of the best books I have read, I think i could probably read it again and still with as much excitement as the first time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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"Deenie" is diagnosed as having a condition called Scoliosis, as do I. As such, I was very interested to read this book and to see how the subject was approached. I found the book to be very informative, on the most part accurate, and extremely well researched. Being alot older than the audience target group I thought I would find it tedious, but I couldnt put it down. I felt that "Deenie" was a fantastic character, with all the typical teenage traits and the author captures the emotions of adolescence and those experienced with Scoliosis brilliantly. There were two areas within the book which were not as strong as the rest. Firstly during the consultation with one of the specialists Deenie and her parents are told that the curve needs to be corrected for cosmetic purposes. This is not the main concern when treating Scoliosis. No reference is made to the effects Scoliosis can have on a persons health if the condition is left untreated. I also strongly believe that teenage girls have enough concerns regarding a positive self image as it is and portraying this condition as purely a cosmetic problem could have negative effects. The second area I felt to be lacking slightly was the conclusion to the book. I was left wondering what happened to Deenie? How did she cope in the years following? Did the bracing have the desired effect? Scoliosis doesnt just go away as I was led to believe in this book and concluding the book in this way could also, unintentionally, lead to false hope. The author has a fantastic way of encapsulating the whole feeling of adolescence and Scoliosis - It would be fabulous to meet Deenie again a few years down the line.(Hint! Hint! ) Overall I believe that "Deenie" is a fantastic read for all the family. Read more ›
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I remembered every detail of this story even though I read it 30 years ago! My ten year old loved it - be warned though, it deals with periods and masturbation!
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