Blubber by Judy BlumeBlubber by Judy Blume

Blubber

byJudy Blume

Paperback | April 29, 2014

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What happens when teasing goes too far? This classic middle grade novel from Judy Blume addresses the timeless topic of bullying and has a fresh new look.

“Blubber is a good name for her,” the note from Caroline said about Linda. Jill crumpled it up and left it on the corner of her school desk. She didn’t want to think about Linda or her dumb report on whales just then. Jill wanted to think about Halloween.

But Robby grabbed the note and before Linda stopped talking it had gone halfway around the room. There was something about Linda that made a lot of kids in her fifth-grade class want to see how far they could go…but nobody, Jill least of all, expected the fun to end where it did.
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 recogniz...
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Title:BlubberFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.6 inPublished:April 29, 2014Publisher:415231986Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:148141013X

ISBN - 13:9781481410137

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Therapeutic Read For every person who has ever been left out or bullied this book provides an antidote. Well-written, thoughtful, therapeutic.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love judy blume Read this as a young girl, will be reading with my daughter soon
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! A great book with a theme that (unfortunately) is still pervasive in todays society.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Judy Blume Classic! Loved this as a young girl growing up and still love this story today. Must read for any young girl no matter what generation!
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read Loved this book as a kids, still a good read now as adult :-)
Date published: 2014-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bullying Blubber So this year I discovered Judy Blume with Are you there God? It’s me Margaret. Yes, I know, only decades after the rest of the world. With this realization I finally moved onto conquering more of her book list, and my next choice was another famous one, Blubber. And yet again, I am in love with Judy Blume. Blubber is about a chubby girl in grade five who one day for class does a presentation on whales. That innocent choice makes it easy for the class bully, a horrible girl named Wendy, to nickname her Blubber and to mark her out for torment. This bullying, awful treatment, is dehumanizing, disgusting, and depraved. Blubber, whose real name is Linda, has done nothing to deserve this, but Wendy and her posse make this terrible treatment a natural everyday occurrence. All this constantly building tension pops into a surprising game change, one with far reaching repercussions, and several valuable life lessons. One of the most fascinating aspects that Judy Blume incorporates into Blubber is the point of view. Is this told from the bully’s perspective? Offering us insight into why someone would do this? No. Is it told from the victim’s outlook? Giving us a breakdown of what she is suffering? No. Blubber comes from the view of one of the bully’s enablers, a girl named Jill. She is scared of Wendy, but hates to admit it, so she goes along with all the vile things that happen. She justifies it all with warped logic and unjustified conclusions that blame Blubber for so much. Blume shows us how the bystanders let these injustices go on and on by providing us Jill. She is described as a hard person to get along with right from the start, and as becomes clear throughout the book, hides her fears very well. Jill is shown to suffer from an inferiority complex, both of her parents are white collar professionals in high intellect positions, while she hates the fact her math skills are sorely lacking. This feeling of inadequacy causes Jill to create a tough exterior, a fact even her mother and best friend comments on, but that she tries to ignore. When the final chapters slam through, Jill is at the center of it all and finds herself ill equipped to handle all that is occurring. Blume provides a very rich open tapestry with a past and a future with Blubber. Life will go on, and we all wish we could pop back into this classroom again. Just to make sure Blubber and Jill are okay.
Date published: 2013-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A realistic look at bullying and peer pressure Kids can be cruel. It's a cliche, but it most certainly has some truth behind it. And no author better portrayed the mentality behind bullying better than Judy Blume did in "Blubber." The protaganist of "Blubber", Jill, is just an average girl who joins her class in the persecution of an overweight girl, Linda. She goes along with this persecution because she wants to fit in with her classmates and because of the sheer "fun" of it. It's real life, and anyone who has experienced Junior High School will recognize this vicious cycle of bullies, follow-the-leaders, and victims. This is not a sitcom. There is no contrived happy ending or clear-cut victory for anyone. Linda is not a particularly likeable character. The ringleader of the bullies, Wendy, never gets her comeuppence. It's real life. Bullies get away with being creeps, and not every victim is a wonderful person. "Blubber" is a disturbing, but honest book.
Date published: 2009-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blubba! I think this story is very well written! Wendy is so cruel!!!! I can't belive that she can make everyone do as she asks! Like the part when she made linda show her underwear to all the boys, making her eat the bug, making linda kiss a boy, and making her say cruel things! iF I were teased like that I'll be a brick wall just like Jill!! Yea!!! I love this booK!!!
Date published: 2005-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blubber I think that this is a great book ! It’s about a girl called Linda who gets bullied by most of her classmates. Wendy is the one who started this whole thing! Then the whole class starts to bully another girl called Jill Brenner, who just lets the fun end where it does!
Date published: 2005-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blubber: The Preview Looking different is a problem for Linda, all because she is fat and did a report on the whale. Most of the kids in her class think Blubber is a good name for her. Jill, one of the common teasers doesn't even expect it to end the way it does. It is a good book to help stop teasing and I encourge you to by it.
Date published: 2000-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Blubber rules Just because you look different doesn't mean others have the right to pick on you -- this is the great moral to come out of another stellar novel by Judy Blume. This should be required reading for today's school children.
Date published: 2000-08-16