Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself

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Macmillan Children's Books, Jun 1, 1998 - Families - 263 pages
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Grade 5-7,The indomitable Sally J. Freedman proves her timelessness in this recording that is skillfully and charmingly narrated by author Judy Blume (Yearling, pap. 1986). It is 1947 and the imaginative Sally is 10 years old. Older brother Douglas has been sickly for some time, so the family moves from New Jersey to Miami Beach's warmer climate. Sally's beloved father stays behind to continue working as a dentist. The family is warmly and realistically portrayed. Mrs. Freedman's excessive caution and worrying clearly cause difficulties for her husband and children. The relationship between Douglas and Sally is not so warmly portrayed, with the usual sniping between siblings. Sally spends the winter making friends, getting into trouble, and trying to prove that an elderly man in their Miami apartment building is really Hitler in disguise. She frequently thinks about Ma Fanny's sister and niece who were both killed in Dachau. References to Jewish traditions are explained. Sally spends much of her time dreaming up stories in which she is a detective, movie star, or volunteer for American postwar efforts,and always the heroine. Blume's narration is spirited and perfectly paced. While she doesn't give each character a different voice, her tone differentiates them. Clearly there is much of Judy Blume in the main character and her affection for Sally shines through.

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As a child, this wonderful book gave me my first glimpse of Jewish family life in 1940s America, which my own mother experienced but was rarely prone to discuss. Sally J. Freedman is a sweet 5th ... Read full review

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As a child, this wonderful book gave me my first glimpse of Jewish family life in 1940s America, which my own mother experienced but was rarely prone to discuss. Sally J. Freedman is a sweet 5th ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

For several decades Judy Blume has been winning legions of fans around the world with her stories. More than 82 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into thirty-two languages. She receives thousands of letters every month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and concerns with her. Her much-loved books include Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, Tiger Eyes and Forever, as well as adult novels Wifey, Smart Women and In the Unlikely Event. Judy lives on islands up and down the east coast of America with her husband.

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