Book Review of Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself

Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself
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Set in 1947, ten-year old Sally has moved from New Jersey to Miami Beach with her mother, brother and grandmother.

Sally, who admires movie stars Esther Williams and Margaret O'Brien, has a great imagination and is making up stories involving her, her neighbors and friends/family. She's convinced that Mr Zavodsky, an elderly neighbor, is Hilter living in Miami Beach under an assumed name.

Funny and poignant, this is Judy Blume at her best. I loved this book as a child and reading it now as an adult, I find even deeper meaning in it. (Now all the New Jersey references make sense to me -- had no clue about them living out in the midwest!) A wonderful book that remains my favourite Judy Blume book.