Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret

A novel by Judy Blume.

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Further reading

Blume has spun out a library full of beloved treasures for young adults, like Blubber (1974) and Superfudge (1980), as well as a few novels for more mature readers. Some biographies of the author, aimed at young readers, have been published, and the author maintains a website; for brief comments on how religion informed her writing of Margaret, see The Half-Jewish Book (2000), pages 31-33.

There are of course hundreds of other worthwhile books of Jewish interest for teens and younger children--Sadie Rose Weilerstein's K'ton Ton books are also classics. Other novels that feature the children of intermarriage include Samuel Yellen's The Wedding Band (1962) and Anne Bernays's Growing Up Rich (1975).

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Josh Lambert

Josh Lambert is Dorot Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and the author of American Jewish Fiction: A JPS Guide (2009).