Plot: Margaret is eleven, lives in New York City, about to go into sixth grade, and her parents have just made her move to a small town in New Jersey. Margaret likes to talk to God in private, but openly she states that, “She is no religion.” Her father was Jewish and her mother Christian, therefore, they settled on no religion. Margaret is bombarded with questions of her religion when she moves to New Jersey and struggles to find a religion, as well as, going through the typical problems of a growing young lady. Talk about pressures.
Review: Classic children’s author Judy Blume has done a fantastic job again. This book is wonderfully written through the eyes of a distraught eleven year old, going on twelve, who is just trying to get through the sixth grade, but is having to deal with religion on top of regular developing tween issues. She has to deal with new boys, the ever pending period, having a small bust, and her new friends, who she hopes she can trust. The plot is one that most growing tweens and young teens can relate to. Margaret is a delightful young lady and makes the story quite enjoyable with her inner thoughts and amusing dialect. This book is a great read for those who are struggling to discover who they are.
Genre: Realistic Fiction/Religion
Reading Level: 3.6, Interest Level: 3-6 graders
Similar Materials: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman and The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis are both religion related. Summer Eleven directed by Joseph Kell
Reader’s Advisory: This book is a fun book to read, I really enjoyed it and thought that Margaret really made me feel like I could be in her shoes. This book has been around for quite some time and is still going strong, Judy Blume is a great author of many books. This book could pose some controversy because of it’s main topic on religion and whether she believes or not in God, and Margaret trying to choose between religions.