Thursday 27 October 2011

Judy Blume Giveaway - Win THREE of the set! Three prizes to win!

The lovely people at Macmillan Children's Books  have just re published nine of Judy Blume's books. If you haven't ever read them then you are really missing out. These are a treat for you and your children. These are books that were aimed at the pre teen and teen market and were originally written in the late 70's and early 80's and still hold the test of time. Young girls still face the same problems they did back them and I urge you to invest in these books for your girls. I most certainly will be buying a set for mine.

Here is a brief overview of each book being republished.

Sally J. Freedman loves making up stories – stories in which she is always the star of her own lavish film spectaculars. But when her close-knit family is separated because of her brother's illness, even Sally's daydreams are not enough to comfort her. With her beloved father left behind in New Jersey, a winter in the Florida sunshine seems gloomy, and the cramped and dingy flat can't compare with her comfortable home, or her new classmates with her old friends. Worst of all, it is 1947, and Sally is convinced that Adolf Hitler is alive and living in Miami Beach…

Stephanie and Rachel have been best friends for years, in spite of their differences. Alison is new in town, and immediately becomes an integral part of their group. But is it possible to have two best friends? And how can you call anyone a friend if you can’t tell them your most painful secrets?

Tony Miglione is thirteen, and his family lives in a cramped house in New Jersey. But then his Dad invents something that makes them rich, and they move to a luxury home in Long Island. But being rich brings it's own problems - Tony's Grandma feels useless when she doesn't have to cook any more, and his mum is obsessed with impressing the neighbours, but Tony knows the boy next door isn't as perfect as he looks…

Rachel is the youngest in a family of high-achievers. She’s also the cleverest. But it’s not easy being super-intelligent – especially when her errant older brother insists on disturbing the peace and undermining everything she ever says or does. And her best friends seem to be falling for his charming veneer . . .
A powerful sequel to JUST AS LONG AS WE’RE TOGETHER.

Life isn't easy for Margaret. She's moved away from her childhood home, she's starting a new school, finding new friends – and she's convinced she's not normal. For a start she hasn't got a clue whether she wants to be Jewish like her father or Christian like her mother. Everyone else seems really sure of who they are. And, worst of all, she's a 'late developer'. She just knows that all her friends are going to need a bra before she does. It's too embarrassing to talk to her parents about these things. So she talks to God instead - and waits for an answer . . .

'I hate it when my mother brags about me and my sister. "Deenie's the beauty and Helen's the brain."'
Mrs Fenner has very fixed ambitions for her daughters. Deenie is thirteen years old and gorgeous. Her mother wants her to be a model – but Deenie's not so sure. So when she's diagnosed with scoliosis – curvature of the spine – Deenie's almost relieved. No more traipsing round modelling agencies, no more living up to her mother's expectations. But she has to wear an ugly, uncomfortable back brace for the next four years. And she's convinced that it will put an end to normal teenage life – including her blossoming relationship with Buddy Brader . . .

Karen's parents have always argued, and lately they've been getting worse. But when her father announces that they're going to get divorced, it seems as if Karen's whole world will fall apart. Her brother, Jeff, blames their mum. Her kid sister, Amy, asks impossible questions and is scared that everyone she loves is going to leave. Karen just wants her parents to get back together. Gradually, she learns that this isn't going to happen – and realizes that divorce is not the end of the world.

Do you remember the first time?
Still the bravest, freshest, fruitiest and most honest account of first love, first sex and first heartbreak ever written for teens. It was a book ahead of its time – and remains, after thirty years in print, a teenage bestseller.

Davey’s father has been murdered – and the aftermath is causing her family to fall apart. Her heartbroken mum plucks them up and takes them to stay with her prim and proper aunt in Los Alamos. Davey escapes the claustrophobic house by cycling up to the canyon, where she meets a mysterious older boy called Wolf: intense, brooding, and also about to lose someone close to him. But falling for someone won't make her dad come back - there are no easy answers when you need to stick your broken family back together . . .

Don't they all sound fabulous!

So between the publicists of Macmillan Children's Books and I, we decided to split the prize three ways. So three winners will win three books from the set. 
So if you would like to win THREE of the nine books, then please enter your details below. The set of nine books will be split between THREE winners. If you would like a  chance for an extra entry, then please leave a comment in the box, telling me what your favourite Judy Blume book was if you ever read them in your teens. If you haven't read them, then just leave a comment about your favourite children's or teenage book that helped you throwing those turbulent teenage years. 


  1. I've always loved Judy Blume's books. I still have lots of them but not all, and I'm glad they're being reissued. Thanks for this, Vivienne!

  2. I loved Judy Blume - she was in my little circle of authors I used to hunt down in the library along with Jean Ure and Paula Danziger. Happy memories, lots of escapism thanks to those ladies :)

    Will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for these, espesh coming up to Christmas!

  3. Fantastic comp. I've actually only read a couple of Judy Blume's books (Forever, of course...) and I'd love to read more. Thanks!

  4. So sad this is UK only (I do understand though :)) Good luck to all UK-ers

  5. Judy Blune is a legend, I loved her books when I was at school. Question is should I give them to my nieces or keep them for myself (if I were to win)

  6. Hi, great comp. I loved are you there god, it's me Margaret! Great book would love to read again! I also enjoyed her faraway tree adventures! Must remember to get them! X

  7. These look really bright and cheerful, aimed to tempt a whole new generation of girls :-)

  8. What an amazing giveaway! I loved Judy Blume as a young teen, she was one of my favourite authors. It would be impossible to pick a favourite I think, but the two that stuck in my memory the most are Deenie and Starring Sally J. Freedman.

  9. I think I've only ever read Forever *ducks head in shame*

  10. awwww...Judy Blume books...great giveaway ! The new covers are so cute.

  11. I adore the new covers. We have the original books in the school library and they don't get taken out very often. Due to the covers I think as the stories are still current.

  12. OMG Forever was a huge hit in my circle as a pre teen. I think that one book went around the whole class! I don't think i'll ever forget Ralph!

  13. I have seen some of these books around, would love the chance to read one of hers!

  14. It's crazy - I'm entering this comp as I've never read Judy Bloom and I feel I need to figure out what her books are about!

  15. I LOVED Judy Blume books as a teenager, they were a right of passage. I loved Are you there God, it's me Margaret. I could so related from the boys, to the bras to the periods all of which I was going through. These were great books. x


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