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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

by Judy Blume

Random House Children's Books | June 1, 1986 | Trade Paperback

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 33.
Are You There God? It''s Me, Margaret



No one ever told Margaret Simon that eleven-going-on- twelve would be such a hard age.  When her family moves to New Jersey, she has to adjust to life in the suburbs, a different school, and a whole new group of friends.  Margaret knows she needs someone to talk to about growing up-and it''s not long before she''s found a solution.



Are you there God?  It''s me, Margaret. I can''t wait until two o''clock God.  That''s when our dance starts.  Do you think I''ll get Philip Leroy for a partner?  It''s not so much that I like him as a person God, but as a boy he''s very handsome.  And I''d love to dance with him... just once or twice.  Thank you God.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 7.62 × 5.13 × 0.38 in

Published: June 1, 1986

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440404193

ISBN - 13: 9780440404194

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret: An Absolute Classic Very few classics are left that I still care about reading some day. Hemingway I have always found a colossal overblown bore, so he never qualified for further perusal. That Russian guy I am too lazy to google who writes about the Brothers Whatitsname have held zero enticement for me. But one book existed which I still really wanted to read. It was published in1970 and represented a sea change in children’s literature. And now that I have finally read Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume, I can understand why. This story is fast competing with Kavalier and Clay as my absolute favourite for the year. To say I was blown away by the greatness Judy Blume has created here is an understatement. Wow. The story, for all those who have not been converted already like me, is all about Margaret. She is an eleven year old girl, an only child, whose parents abruptly decide to uproot their lives and move out of New York City. Ending up in a new town, meeting a new friend, developing a new crush on an older boy, and sporting a new fashion sense in order to fit in, Margaret slams through many new concepts over the course of a very short amount of time. To top this all off, she reveals early on that because one parent is Jewish and the other Christian, Margaret has been raised with no religion. To say this causes some eyebrows to arch is an understatement. This, along with other factors, gives her a quest to find a faith, a year long journey filled with questions and adventures. To complicate matters, in Margaret’s young mind, is that she already has a relationship with God, who she talks to every night. Margaret changes and grows, spiritually, socially and physically all through the book. At times she is too gullible, and other points mean, with a whole host of emotions playing out in between. These faults she finds in herself are later admitted to God during their nightly chats. These real world intrusions of pleasures and problems into her manufactured faith is both a hindrance and help to her progress. But what we are really seeing is how a typical young child works through all these issues, real and imagined, to try to find a soft place to exist in their life. A place where they are loved and normal and surrounded by peace. The God Margaret invented helps give her that. Against these weighty philosophically and self esteem issues, Judy Blume does an excellent job filling the backdrop with typical conundrums. Everything from gossips to untrue friends to parental disagreements are on display here, with Margaret quite often the helpless victim. For this frank talk on religion and preteen life, this book has been constantly the target of censors. To add to the fuel for these twits to hate, Margaret and her friends have extremely candid conversations about sex, bras, periods, and all things puberty related. While reading this book, I could feel the candour of the subject matter making the small minded gasp. The fact this was first published in 1970 makes me wonder what shockwaves it created when it premiered. Are you there God? It’s me Margaret may have come out over forty years ago, but in reality it is a timeless tale. A young girl named Margaret trying to find her way, all with the help of her God.
Date published: 2013-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny story So this book was copy rite a long time ago so long ago that my grandma gave it to my mom when she was just a pre-teen. My mom then with her great communication skills gave me this when i was 11 or so to 'clear some questions' she also expected that i learn about what life would be like in the coming months of getting this.
Date published: 2012-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a breath of fresh air this book is out standing. i don't find anything bad about it. every word is very well thought out and it has a lot of humour. also, we can learn from this. it talks about how we grow up and how some people, in this case, margaret, thinks. this will make you smile.
Date published: 2011-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An honest story about growing up, but outstandingly humorous Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume may just be one of my all-time favorite novels. It's a hilarious story about Margaret Simon, a twelve-year-old girl, growing up in the New York area. She has to move to a new town in Farbrook, New Jersey with her parents, away from her grandmother and is trying very hard to adjust with the problems of becoming a teenager. She is faced with many typical pre-teen issues such as school, cute boys, religion, puberty and other growing up factors. She learns how to deal with boys and other "girl" problems through the process of experiment from the help of her mother, grandmother and friends. Most writers would not dare talk about puberty or issues relating to a girl's physical growth, but Judy Blume talks about these issues with a little humorous spice to it. Even though I'm not a girl and can not relate to Margaret's life, I enjoy reading this book because it talks about realistic issues and problems that made me laugh out loud. Moments like setting up a girl group to talk about cute boys, measuring their breast size, talking about their bra size and if they had their periods yet were just several mirthful moments in the book that made me laughing with tears. Not to reveal too much of the book's detail, but her mother choosing a bra for her at a nearby department store shows an aspect of her growing up, but is also comical to even read about it. This is a great book that talks about learning lessons in life and teaches anyone, especially young teens in how to handle hard choices with a funny style to it. I definitely recommend this book, especially for those young teens out there seeking a companion to relate to.
Date published: 2009-08-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good It's a really good book if your a girl who needs help through the pre-teen years. The book was realistic (in some cases) and that's what I really liked about it. Not a must read but its an ok book (if you're tomboy, I don't really recommend this to you).
Date published: 2009-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Awesome! This is one of m favourite books. It's a good book about what girls go through in life. I reccomend this book to all girls 10 and up! I know this is a short review but I don't want to spoil anything. Any girl should TOTALLY read it.
Date published: 2009-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic It remains one of my favourites a true classic of childhood. Even after 12+ years Im still fond of the connection Margaret feels with god and the creative spirit of the book.
Date published: 2008-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from recomended for any pre-teen girl I read this book when i was 11. I lovedit!!!Hope u will to!!!!!
Date published: 2008-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rite of Passage A great book that was passed around in my school in about grade five. It's a rite of passage. It's all about discovering the world around you, trying to understand religion and making sense of the changes in your body. It is THE book to read about menstruation. It's funny and insightful. When I read it as a young girl, I was sure it had been written by someone my age because it was so in tune with young girls and all their conflicts.
Date published: 2008-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book a girl can read! Ok girls ,this book is a must have.I am not kidding if you want an inspiring, funny, life story book GET THIS ONE! When an 11 year old girl moves to a new house and a new city with new people, life can seem your life is spinning or about to get sick. This is what would happen to a girl named Margaret.With a weird but fun new Freind, A spoil me rotten kind of grand mother and parents that have religious problems, Margarets head is spinning. she cant figure out what religion she want to be so she speaks to god for some refferences. Lets see what Margaret can do about this amazing and changing life!
Date published: 2008-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This book was great! It shows that alot of girls go through the same things. Puberty can be a confusing and difficult time for many girls and this book sympathizes with girls. I highly recomend it.
Date published: 2008-04-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth Killing Time With Good This book is a good book to give to a pre-teen girl (or maybe boy - he could learn about what girls are going through at this age). It addresses all the normal issues girls are worrying about at this weird stage of life and does it fairly well. The religious aspect of the book was moderately believable. It stresses tolerance and choice, which I think all young people need to have readily available, but also shows the opposite side of the spectrum.
Date published: 2008-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Realistic! well; this book was a great read, very realistic, and it has meaning to it too. i'd very highly reccomend it to any girls aged 10-13, because it was a short read, but very enjoyable.
Date published: 2008-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Book <> Every girl should read this book before entering High School. It answered so many of my questions!
Date published: 2007-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Girls Ages 9 to 12 Judy Blume is one of the most greatest authors of all time!!!! She's a hilarious author. Judy Blume has written many funny books with a lot of humor for example, Superfudge, Double Fudge, Fude-mania and many others..... This story is about a girl named Margaret almost 12 going through puberty. Also, her mom is Jewish and her dad is a Christian. She doesn't know which religion to go with........... anyway, she moved to the New York suburbs and she really wants to fit in with the rest of the girls at her new school. When she gets to her new school, her new friends asks her if she wants to join a club. When they start the club, they talk about boys, bras and getting their first periods. Margaret was afraid that she wasn't growing fast enough and she's worried that she was going to be the last one to get her period.......will she???? Read the book and find out. I loved this book because it's a funny but real story. I 100% recommend this book for girls ages 9 to 12!!! Enjoy :]
Date published: 2007-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read for young girls! This book is truly inspiring and a must read for young girls. It prepares girls for puberty and what they may be facing in their teenage years. It is definitely a book to read more than once!! I would recommened all of judy Blumes other books to any girl.
Date published: 2006-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWSUM This was such a good book....it gets you prepared a bit about puberty....i sugest this book to any girl...great light read!
Date published: 2006-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever This book was special to me because every book I have read has not been the same!!!!!No book can compared to it.I read this book when I was 10 and I was really inspired by it.My Mom read it to,and so did my aunt ,so I have to say I will definetly countinue the tradtion for my children and forever!!!Amazing Work Judy!!!!
Date published: 2005-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Book This book is a wonderful book. I am 12 years old and it was comforting to know what to do if you get your period (to always carry around an extra pair of clothes) This is a book that I read in 4 days I am going to read it again and again until i get sick of it. Judy Blume is a great author Keep up the Good WORK
Date published: 2004-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic for Young Girls Although I am in my late twenties now, as well as a voracious reader, this remains one of my all-time favourite books. I still find myself quoting it and referring to it in conversations. I plan on buying this book for every girl I know in my life when they hit the age of eleven or twelve. It does a much better job of explaining life, boys and girl troubles than any parent could hope to. A beautiful story of femalehood, friendship and faith - a must read.
Date published: 2004-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We must, we must, we must in crease the bust!!! Are You Their God? It's Me, Margaret is a suberb read for females of all ages. It deals with issues that might be happening to you or might happen to you or has happend to you. The four main charatures are preteen girls that can't wait to leave their childhod behind and become youg ladies. They make a club that meets every tuesday to talk about their issues, but when Margret fall for anouther club members brother, she doesn't know what to do so she depends on God to help her through those times. I think that every female will love the novel!!!!
Date published: 2003-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Are you there God? It's me Margaret Very good!
Date published: 2003-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Are you there, God? It's me, Margaret I read this book when I was about Margaret's age (about 25 years ago) and to this day, I believe it to be one of the best books I've ever read. I related so completely to Margaret that I wished she was real so we could be best friends. Judy Blume has the wonderful gift of presenting life's tribulations to pre-teens in such a realistic way that they can't help but feel better about things. My copy of Are you there, God? It's me, Margaret is in my bedside table drawer all these years later. I re-read it annually to remember the simpler times in my life (that didn't feel simple at the time) and to ponder the probability that life as a 38-year old is not as difficult as it seems either. I believe this wonderful book should be required reading in Grade 5 or 6; I highly recommend it and give it 5 big stars.
Date published: 2002-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I read this book 2 yrs ago and it was my favorite book. I've just re-read it after reading thousands of others and it is still my favorite!!!!!
Date published: 2001-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Life's Changes Have you ever wondered why some things happen? Well, there is no answer to that, but there are books, that tell you how things happen, and make life easier, and funner. This is a book, about growing, and lifes changes as you grow, this is a super book, and I would suggest you read it. It's a unresistable book! Read on, and journey on. Read new books, and make sure this is one of them!
Date published: 2001-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I can't belive how good this book is!!! Usually, it takes me about a month to read a book, but it took me three days to read this one. I had never read a book so good in my life. One thing that I really liked about it was that I could relate to it. I can't wait to read more Judy Blume books!!!
Date published: 2000-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Girls Life This book "Are you there god its me Margeret" is realistic book about a girls life and the ups or downs that girls are going to go throw.This page turner is about Margaret and how she must dicide on what religion she would like to have and the many other difficulties that she is going throw.This book on parents care and a grand mothers love touched me in a way i have never been touched before. if you are looking for a book on a child's fear of what could happen because of some choices she is making, this is the book for you.
Date published: 2000-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fond Memories I was so happy to find this book is still around. I read it when I was twelve years old, and it changed my whole outlook on life. At a time when is was so hard to talk to your mother about the changes in your body and the struggle your body goes through, this book made me realize there were alot of us out there. Thank you, Judy Blume. You helped me through an especially hard time in my life.
Date published: 2000-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from *~A Great Book~* Hi, I'm Sarah, and I'm 12 years old. I read this book when I was 11, and it was the greatest book! I definitely recommend it to teens who are starting to reach puberty. It teaches people about friends, boys, puberty, school, religion, and family life. So I rate "Are You There, God? It's me, Margaret?":***** FIVE STARS!!!
Date published: 2000-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome I am now in my 30's but remember how much I loved this book when I was younger. I recently purchased this book for my 10 year old niece who doesnt read books often. And she couldnt put it down. She loved it.
Date published: 2000-05-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from JASMINE THIS BOOK WAS COOL.
Date published: 2000-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Are you there god? It's me margret This is one of the best books I've read in my life. It's very, very good I coundn't put it down I read it in 1 day it was soooo good!
Date published: 2000-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Are you ther it's me This is a great book!! I would reccomend it especially for girls when they are about 11 years old . It tell about growing up!!! A must read!!
Date published: 2000-01-15

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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

by Judy Blume

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 7.62 × 5.13 × 0.38 in

Published: June 1, 1986

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440404193

ISBN - 13: 9780440404194

From the Publisher

Are You There God? It''s Me, Margaret



No one ever told Margaret Simon that eleven-going-on- twelve would be such a hard age.&#160;&#160;When her family moves to New Jersey, she has to adjust to life in the suburbs, a different school, and a whole new group of friends.&#160;&#160;Margaret knows she needs someone to talk to about growing up-and it''s not long before she''s found a solution.



Are you there God?&#160;&#160;It''s me, Margaret. I can''t wait until two o''clock God.&#160;&#160;That''s when our dance starts.&#160;&#160;Do you think I''ll get Philip Leroy for a partner?&#160;&#160;It''s not so much that I like him as a person God, but as a boy he''s very handsome.&#160;&#160;And I''d love to dance with him... just once or twice.&#160;&#160;Thank you God.

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"Are You There God? It''s Me, Margaret


No one ever told Margaret Simon that eleven-going-on- twelve would be such a hard age. When her family moves to New Jersey, she has to adjust to life in the suburbs, a different school, and a whole new group of friends. Margaret knows she needs someone to talk to about growing up-and it''s not long before she''s found a solution.


Are you there God? It''s me, Margaret. I can''t wait until two o''clock God. That''s when our dance starts. Do you think I''ll get Philip Leroy for a partner? It''s not so much that I like him as a person God, but as a boy he''s very handsome. And I''d love to dance with him... just once or twice. Thank you God.

About the Author

Judy Blume is considered one of the world's best-known writers for young adults. She was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1938. She earned a degree in education. Blume has written over 20 books. Titles such as "Are You There, God? It's Me Margaret", "Then Again, Maybe I Won't", and "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" are widely recognized. Her books have sold over 50 million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Blume has received more than 100 awards. In 1996, she received the American Library Association's Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. Her adult titles include "Wifey", "Smart Women", and "Summer Sisters". Young readers have always viewed Blume as someone who is in touch with their feelings. They write thousands of letters to her each year, a number of which were published in her 1986 book, "Letters to Judy: What Your Kids Wish They Could Tell You". Blume currently resides in New York. She has three grown children, speaks out against censorship, and continues to write.

Author Interviews

An Interview with Judy Blume  When were you born?: February 12, 1938 Where were you born?: Elizabeth, New Jersey Where did you go to school?: Public schools in Elizabeth, New Jersey; B.S., New York University, 1961  Were you a good student? Yes, especially when the teacher made the subject come alive!  What were you like when you were growing up? Small, skinny, a late developer. At first, very shy and fearful. Then, around fourth grade, much more outgoing. (I can’t explain this change.) I enjoyed drama, dancing, singing, painting and performing. I loved to roller skate (we didn’t have roller blades then). I also loved going to the movies and browsing at the public library. I was always reading something.  What were your favorite books? The Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace.   What was your family like? A lot like the family in Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself . That’s my most autobiographical book. Sally is the kind of kid I was at ten. My brother was like Douglas, Sally’s brother.   Are any of your other characters based on you or your family? Sheila, in Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great , has some of my childhood fears. And Margaret, in Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. , has many of the feelings and concerns I had when I was in sixth grade. But her family is very different from mine.  Where do you get your ideas?  I used to be afraid to answer that question. I thought if I ever figured it out I’d never have another one! But now I know that ide
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From Our Editors

Growing up can be difficult for adolescents. Sometimes these problems prompt young people to look to religion or a spiritual life. Are You there, God? It's Me, Margaret shares one girl's struggle and a brilliant solution. She has a conversation with her own private God. This classic has been a source of inspiration for countless teenagers.

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An Interview with Judy Blume

When were you born?: February 12, 1938

Where were you born?: Elizabeth, New Jersey

Where did you go to school?: Public schools in Elizabeth, New Jersey; B.S., New York University, 1961

Were you a good student?
Yes, especially when the teacher made the subject come alive!
What were you like when you were growing up?
Small, skinny, a late developer. At first, very shy and fearful. Then, around fourth grade, much more outgoing. (I can’t explain this change.) I enjoyed drama, dancing, singing, painting and performing. I loved to roller skate (we didn’t have roller blades then). I also loved going to the movies and browsing at the public library. I was always reading something.
What were your favorite books?
The Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace.

What was your family like?
A lot like the family in Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself. That’s my most autobiographical book. Sally is the kind of kid I was at ten. My brother was like Douglas, Sally’s brother.

Are any of your other characters based on you or your family?
Sheila, in Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, has some of my childhood fears. And Margaret, in Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret., has many of the feelings and concerns I had when I was in sixth grade. But her family is very different from mine.
Where do you get your ideas?

I used to be afraid to answer that question. I thought if I ever figured it out I’d never have another one! But now I know that ideas come from everywhere--memories of my own life, incidents in my children’s lives, what I see and hear and read--and most of all, from my imagination.


What about Fudge? I knew you’d ask me about him! Fudge was based on my son, Larry, when he was a toddler. Larry never swallowed a turtle, though. That idea came from a news article about a toddler who actually did swallow one! Now Larry has grown up but I still get ideas form him. He’s the one who told me about swallowing a fly while riding his bike. That’s how I got the idea for the I.S.A.F. club in Fudge-a-mania.

Of all the books you have written, which is your favorite, and who is your favorite character?

An impossible question to answer. It’s like asking a mother, which is your favorite child? Each one is special in a different way.

How old were you when your first book was published and which book was it?

I was twenty-seven when I began to write seriously and after two years of rejections my first book, The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo, was accepted for publication.

How long does it take you to write a book?
About a year, if there are no disruptions in my personal life and other professional obligations don’t get in the way. What every writer needs is long blocks of uninterrupted time. You can’t think if your life gets too busy!

Do you know the whole story before you start a new book?

No. But before I begin to write I fill a notebook, jotting down everything that pops into my head about my characters and story--bits of dialogue, ideas for scenes, background information, descriptions of people and places, details and more details. But even with my notebook, I still don’t know everything. For me, finding out is the best part of writing.

What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

I dread first drafts! I worry each day that it won’t come, that nothing will happen.

Do you ever rewrite?

I love to rewrite! Once I have a first draft I’m able to relax. It’s as if I have the pieces to a puzzle and all I have to do is figure out how to put them together. I actually enjoy second and third drafts. Only then do I share a new book with my editor. After we talk I do another rewrite and then a final polish.

Do you have a favorite place to write?

During the summer months (my favorite time of the year) we go to Martha’s Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts. I have a tiny writing cabin there, far enough away from the house to feel very private. I get up early in the morning and work until noon. I wrote most of my latest book, Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson, there. Sometimes I wish summer would last all year long.

Are you going to write more books?

I certainly hope so! I have two ideas right now but I’m not ready to talk about them yet. . .

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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