“Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret. We’re moving today. I’m so scared God. I’ve never lived anywhere but here. Suppose I hate my new school? Suppose everybody there hates me? Please help me God. Don’t let New Jersey be too horrible. Thank you” (Blume, 2010, p.1).
Twelve-year-old Margaret Simon has just moved to New Jersey and started attending a new school. In school, Margaret’s teacher assigns a year long independent study project. She decides to study people’s beliefs, as her family doesn’t practice any religion. Margaret’s mother was raised Christian, her father was raised Jewish, and Margaret wasn’t raised anything! She does, however, maintain a private relationship with God. Though Margaret’s experiences a lot of pressure from her family to choose a religion, in the end she decides to continue this private relationship.
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume is a book that I believe every tween girl should read! Margaret’s exploration of people’s faith is inspirational and a great example to readers, as in the end she doesn’t allow pressure from her family to sway her. Rather, Margaret decides to continue her private relationship with God as this is what makes her most comfortable. Also, tweens will relate to Margaret as she experiences puberty. Blume’s book is sweet, often hilarious (“I must, I must, I must increase my bust!”), and a great addition to any young girl’s library.
Genre: contemporary realistic
Reading/interest level: ages 9 through 12
Young Hoosier Book Award, 1976
Nene Award, 1975
North Dakota Children’s Choice Award, 1979
Golden Archer Award, 1974
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