Judy Blume

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Judy Blume (née Sussman; born February 12, 1938) is an American author.[1] She has written many novels for children and young adults which have exceeded sales of 80 million and been translated into 31 languages.[2] Blume's novels for teenagers were among the first to tackle such controversial matters as racism (Iggie's House), menstruation (Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.), divorce (It's Not the End of the World, Just As Long As We're Together), bullying (Blubber), masturbation (Deenie; Then Again, Maybe I Won't) and teen sex (Forever), and as such have been the source of controversy over the appropriateness of such topics for her middle school audience.[3]

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Early life

Blume was born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Esther (née Rosenfeld), a homemaker, and Rudolph Sussman, a dentist.[4] She has a brother, David, who is five years older.[5] Blume later recalled, "I spent most of my childhood making up stories inside of my head." She graduated from Battin High School in 1956, then enrolled in Boston University. In the first semester, she was diagnosed with mononucleosis and took a brief leave from school[6] before graduating from New York University in 1961 with a bachelor's degree in teaching.[7][8]

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