Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
Random House Children's Books.
Guided Reading Level: T
Summary from Barnes & Noble:
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. Are you there God? It's me, Margaret. I can't wait until two o'clock God. That's when our dance starts. Do you think I'll get Philip Leroy for a partner? It's not so much that I like him as a person God, but as a boy he's very handsome. And I'd love to dance with him... just once or twice. Thank you God.
Reason(s) for Banning:
- Portrayal of religion
- Explicit descriptions of breasts and periods
- This is a hard one for me... as a preteen I read this book myself at least once... probably two or three times. I read this book because I could relate to Margaret and what she was going through. If I can relate to Margaret, chances are there are a great deal of girls out there that can also relate. That being said, I do feel this book should be available to girls today. I respect that some parents won't agree that this book is for their child. As long as they're actively involved in their daughter's life, they will 90% of the time be aware of what she is reading. Perhaps the answer to not banning this book would be to sit and have a discussion with your daughter about the book, so she gets a real account of "life," so-to-speak, and not just this fictionalized account that seems so real.
- Judy Bloom is a best-selling author. There is no way she put this book on the market hoping to cause a stir and get a rise out of parents. She put it out there knowing that it will be related to! Let's keep it out there and give Bloom a big round of applause for so accurately portraying the life of eleven- and twelve-year old girls!
Your Job - Share your thoughts on the following topics on this post!
- Should the book be on the banned book list?
- Is it okay to be found on a library or book store shelf?
- How would you share this book with your child/children?
- If you are not familiar with the book, based on my post and the discussion of others, would you consider allowing your child to read/be read this book? Why? Why not?