All I could remember from reading this when I was a kid was "We must, we must, we must increase our bust" and Margaret being the last among her friends to get her period. Turns out, this book is about religion: Margaret's parents have raised her without religion but her grandmother encourages her to be a practicing Jew.
As a girl I loved this book. I always thought if I had a girl that I would be very proud to share this hilarious book about growing up as a girl. Now I have 2 boys, oh well, maybe I'll have a granddaughter to share this book with!
I read this as a prepubescent teenage girl. It was great. It talked a lot in detail about the mysteries of our changing female bodies and how to deal with other girls who are maturing faster or slower than you. Great read , even today for 11-14 year old girls.
One of the best books that I have read for girls 11-12 years old. I just shared it with one of my neighbor's daughter who is 11 going on 12 and she loved it as well. Timeless, seems like the story of being a girl at that age is the same whether you are 42 like me or 11 like her :)
A wonderful novel about dealing with puberty, family, religion and all the changes in the lives of mid-school girls. Written some time ago, this book has a timeless quality that transcends the minutiae of the current fad and addresses the classic concerns of the young.
I read this book only recently (years and years since being a teenager!), because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I'd never read anything by Judy Blume before. Though the book (which is from the early '70s) is quite dated in the year 2009(kids today probably will not even understand what a sanitary nakpkin belt is...shudder!!), it does tackle some "heavy" topics that probably still confuse and baffle young girls nowadays---like getting their first periods, and deciding what role religion will play in their lives. So it's not all boys and crushes and silly stuff. I'm glad I read it after all these years, and will pass it along to some young ladies I know when the time comes if it isn't requested here at PBS.
There are some books that you pick up and read as a child/preteen/teen because you have to for school and some because your friends are reading it. This book was closer to the latter for me and I am glad I read it. It helped me disappear into another world where there was someone like myself with all of the questions and doubts and fears I had. It gave me a little more strength to make it through puberty.
This is a book I read and re-read as a young person. Still relevant today, it explores many issues important to kids as they transition from childhood to adolescence. Themes of puberty, religion, peer pressure, and so forth.
This book is a necessary one for girls that are soon to be teenagers (about age 10 or older). Very important personal issues come up for Margaret, and this book would be an asset to a girl who is a bit shy to talk to her mother just yet and wants to explore the feelings of this age a little more.
wen i was reaching my pubert years. my mother gave me this book and had me read it first before she ahd the "talk" with me. this booked reallt helped me. about a girl who doesnot follow any religion but talks to god evey night, she is trying to find her place in the world and really figure out who she is.
The first time I read this I was 8, a little young, and it lead me to ask my quite shy father a question - which made him mumble - "go ask your mother". I just reread it on a whim, and I still loved it, it was very interesting to read now that I am a mother. I came away with something completely different from it this time. A timeless, great coming of age book.
Margaret Simon just moved to New Jersey where she has to start life all over again meaning meeting new friends, a new school, and a different way of life. To get through it all Margaret talks to God about growing into a young woman.
Always wanted to read this when I was younger and finally got the chance. It still holds up today and Judy Blume does have the voice of a young girl and her worries and concerns. Glad I finally had the opportunity to read it.
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.
No one ever told Mararet 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, ans a whole new group of friends.
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Margaret is a bit confused about religion. When she moved from the city to her new home, she didn't know whether to join the Y or the Jewish Community Center. What made matters worse was that, going on twelve, she had plenty to talk over with God. She had a bra but needed to row a bit to put something in it. Nancy and Gretchen already had their period. What was taking her so long? Sometimes she got so frustrated, she ignored Him- until the next time she really needed someone to listen.
(Taken from the back cover)