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Judy Blume is an American author who has published nearly 30 books for children and young adults as well as adults. While her books were perhaps most popular in the 1970s and ’80s, her stories have continued to influence young readers for generations. 
Judy Blume was one of the first widely published young adult authors to write about teenage sexuality, birth control , and death and has been recognized as a Library of Congress Living Legend. Though she no longer writes novels, Blume works at Books & Books, her non-profit book shop in Key West while continuing to fight against literary censorship
To rank the most popular Judy Blume books, we turned to the reviews of Goodreads members. On Goodreads, over 125 million members rate, review, and share their favorite novels. So whether you’ve loved Judy Blume since you were a child or are looking to pick up your first Blume novel, here are the most popular Judy Blume books, as ranked by Goodreads members.
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $6.99
With over 200,000 ratings, “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” is Judy Blume’s most popular novel amongst Goodreads members. Margaret Simon is almost 12 when she moves to New Jersey and forms a secret club with her new best friends. In this cherished middle-grade classic from 1970, Margaret explains and explores her unique relationship with God.
“Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $6.99
This is the first book in Judy Blume’s “Fudge” series about young Peter Hatcher’s life with his three-year-old baby brother, Fudge. Fudge is always getting into trouble and getting away with it — but when Fudge wanders off with Peter’s pet turtle, Peter decides he’s finally had enough.
“Summer Sisters,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $10.26
In this perfect book that transports you to warmer weather, Vix and Caitlin became best friends in the summer of 1977, forming a sister-like bond through magical summer adventures on Martha’s Vineyard with Caitlin’s privileged family. Now, years later, Caitlin is about to get married on the Vineyard and has invited Vix, who hasn’t managed to forget the betrayal of her long-ago friend.
“Superfudge,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $6.97
First published in 1980, “Superfudge” is the third book in Judy Blume’s “Fudge” series about Peter Hatcher, his annoying little brother Fudge, and his classmate, Shelia. In this book, the Hatcher family welcomes a new baby who has earned the nickname “Tootsie.” Along with Fudge’s regular antics, he hatches a plan to get rid of their new baby sister.
“In the Unlikely Event,” available at Amazon, $12.76
In the Unlikely Event” is an adult historical fiction read woven through three generations and based on an event in Judy Blume’s life in the 1950s. When Miri Ammerman was 15 during the exciting rise of air travel, she saw a series of planes fall from the sky in a tragic accident that left the community reeling. Now, in 1987, Miri returns to her hometown to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life.
“Forever. . .,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $10.99
Forever…” was one of the most challenged and banned books of the 1990s for its explicit sexual content. In this young adult read that addresses teenage sexuality, Katherine and Michael meet at a New Year’s Eve party and fall into a fun and physical romance. When Katherine’s parents insist they spend a summer apart, their love is put to its first great test.
“Freckle Juice,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $5.51
Freckle Juice” is a 1971 children’s novel about Andrew, a second-grader who wants to have freckles like his friend, Nick. When his classmate, Sharon, offers to sell him a recipe for freckle juice, Andrew is desperate for anything to work.
‘Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great,’ available at Amazon, $6.29
In their Slam Books, Sheila and her friends write what they really think of each other. Though Sheila purposefully tries to hide her flaws from her friends, once she reads her Slam Book, she discovers her plan hasn’t totally worked. In this story, Shelia begins a journey of overcoming her fears, beginning with the hardest part: Admitting them.
“Blubber,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.35
In Jill’s fifth-grade class, it seems everyone makes fun of Linda for her weight. The bullying gets worse when Linda does a class project about whales and is henceforth nicknamed “Blubber.” Based on the classroom experiences of Judy Blume’s daughter, “Blubber” encourages bullying victims and observers to confide in a trusted adult.
“Fudge-a-mania,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.18
In “Fudge-a-Mania,” Peter’s parents have decided to share a summer home with Sheila Tubman’s family — meaning Peter will be stuck with his annoying little brother and his worst enemy for three whole weeks. This hilarious story is perfect for children or adults who want to remember their love of Judy Blume from their own childhoods.
“Double Fudge,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.19
The final book in the hilarious “Fudge” series, “Double Fudge” follows the Hatcher family on their trip to Washington D.C. where they go to the Bureau of Printing and Engraving to show Fudge how money is made in the hopes of quelling his obsession with it. The Hatchers also meet up with more family and Fudge meets a cousin who has the same name as him, earning the nickname “Mini.”
“Tiger Eyes,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $9.67
Tiger Eyes” is a young adult novel about Davey Wexler who is struggling to cope with her grief after her father’s sudden death. Riddled with depression, anxiety, and panic attacks, Davey is faced not only with her own challenges, but managing those of her mother as well. This book was also adapted into a 2012 film starring Willa Holland.
“Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.49
Set in 1947, this novel follows the wild and imaginative story of 10-year-old Sally J. Freedman as her family moves from New Jersey to Miami Beach at the end of World War II. The most autobiographical of Judy Blume’s novels, Sally makes up interesting stories in her head while the book also navigates the serious topics of racism and antisemitism.
“Deenie,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.35
Deenie is 13 years old when she finds out she has scoliosis and must wear a back brace for at least four years. Previously enamored with the idea of becoming a model, Deenie must decide what she wants to do next in a novel that perfectly captures the awkward and self-conscious aspects of being a teenager.
“Then Again, Maybe I Won’t,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.35
In this coming-of-age novel, Tony Miglione is 12 when his father’s electronics invention proves wildly successful and his family moves to a wealthier neighborhood. Tony struggles to adapt to his new life as it seems everyone around him is changing with his father’s success.
“Just as Long as We’re Together,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.27
In this novel that captures all the beauty and challenges of preteen friendship, Rachel and Stephanie have been best friends since second grade, through all the ups and downs. Now they’re in seventh grade and when a new girl, Alison, moves into the neighborhood, Rachel is worried she could lose her best friend.
“Wifey,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.72
Sandy Pressman has been married for 12 years, has two children, and is desperately bored of her role as a New Jersey suburban housewife. While her kids are away at summer camp, Sandy daydreams of an affair with her high school boyfriend — until she accidentally discovers evidence that her husband might be involved in a long-term affair of his own.
“It’s Not the End of the World,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.35
Karen Newman’s idea of marriage is completely soured between her new sixth-grade teacher acting terrible after getting married and her own parents announcing their divorce. When her dad plans a trip to Las Vegas to file for divorce, Karen and her brother try everything they can in a desperate attempt to keep their parents together.
“Smart Women,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $15.64
In this 1983 book about change and starting over, Margo and B.B. are each divorced and looking for a fresh start in Colorado with their teenage daughters. When B.B.’s ex-husband moves in next door to Margo, it seems their friendship may soon lead to much more.
“Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $6.43
This young adult novel is the sequel to “Just as Long as We’re Together” and is about 13-year-old Rachel Robinson, a gifted overachiever who reveals the stresses of being a perfectionist. Complicating her life further is her brother who just got expelled from boarding school, her sister’s acne problem, and her new crush.
“Iggie’s House,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $5.99
In this young adult novel about friendship, racism, and neighborly love, Winnie’s best friend, Iggie, moves to Tokyo and a new family moves into Iggie’s House. As the new family is the first Black family in the neighborhood, problems quickly arise and Winnie sets out to be a good neighbor and friend.
“The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $5.51
The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo” is a 1969 children’s book and Judy Blume’s first published book. The story follows Freddy Dissel, a second-grader and middle child who always feels left out and overlooked until he gets a role in the school play as a green kangaroo.
“The Pain and The Great One,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $5.51
The Pain and the Great One” is a 1974 children’s picture book about the sibling rivalry between an eight-year-old girl, sarcastically dubbed “The Great One,” and a six-year-old boy who’s referred to as “The Pain.” Divided into two sections, each sibling shares their perspective of their rivalry in their debate of who their parents love more. 

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