1. Mention Judy Blume to almost any woman under a certain age and you’re likely to get this reaction: Her face lights up, and she’s transported back to her childhood self — curled up with a book she knows will speak directly to her anxieties about relationships, self-image and measuring up.

    Now, Blume — the author of coming-of-age novels such as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; Then Again, Maybe I Won’t; and Blubber — will reach a new generation of girls in a new medium. Up until now, her widely beloved books haven’t been made into feature films. But Blume’s son Lawrence Blume, a director, worked with his mother to adapt her 1981 novel, Tiger Eyes, for the big screen.

    — Judy Blume Hits The Big Screen With ‘Tiger Eyes’ Adaptation : NPR

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  1. When I started to write it was the ’70s and throughout that decade we didn’t have any problems with book challenges or censorship. It all started really in a big way in 1980 … It came with the election, the presidential election of 1980, and the next day, I’ve been told, the censors were crawling out of the woodwork and challenging, like it’s our turn now, and we’re going to say what we don’t want our children to read.

    But I think it’s more than that. It’s what we don’t want our children to know, what we don’t want to talk to our children about; and if they read it, they’ll know it, or they’ll question it.

    —  Young adult lit author Judy Blume on the rise of censorship in school libraries over the last several decades.

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