More Judy Blume Book Summaries – Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great and Superfudge

Otherwise Known as Shelia the GreatBook Title:  Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
Author:  Judy Blume
Illustrator:  None

This story is told from the perspective of Shelia Tubman.  Shelia lives in New York City with her parents and her older sister, Libby.  Once Shelia hears the news that her family is renting a house in Tarrytown she becomes very scared, even though on the outside she pretends to be fearless and great at everything.  She is very afraid of dogs and her father says the professor who they are renting the house from has a dog named Jennifer.  There is also a pool down the street from the house.  Shelia has a phobia of swimming.  She’ll drown!  One good thing is that there is a day camp and Shelia doesn’t have to share a room with Libby.  Once she and her family get to Tarrytown Shelia vows to stay far away from Jennifer.  Her room belongs to a boy because the professor has three boys.  She wasn’t used to sleeping in a room by herself, so she would never be able to sleep at night because of “scary” noises.

Shelia meets a girl named Merle (Mouse) Ellis.  Mouse told Shelia all about the professor’s boys.  Soon after that Shelia meets Mouse’s family and Mouse’s friends, Jane and Sondra, who are twins.  Mouse even tried to teach Sheila how to yo-yo.  Meanwhile, at day camp Sheila decides to run a newspaper with no help at all.  She made a crossword puzzle in the paper and said she’d offer a prize to whoever completed it first.  She gave the boys who won the entire newspaper business!  Her mom signed her up for swimming lessons.  Her teacher, Marty, taught her well because Sheila learned to swim.  Jennifer got pregnant and the father is the neighbor’s dog.  Shelia gets over her fear of Jennifer and the Tubman’s got to keep a puppy.  Sheila had a sleepover with her friends and the Tubman’s had a farewell cookout and they invited everyone!  In all, Shelia learned a lot and had a great time in Tarrytown.

 

SuperfudgeBook Title:  Superfudge
Author:  Judy Blume
Illustrator:  None

This book is told from the perspective of Peter Hatcher.  Twelve year old Peter still lives with his parents and five year old brother, Fudge, in New York City.  He is livid with his parents when they decide to have another baby.  Peter hated the idea of having another Fudge but it was too late!  His mother is already four months pregnant.  His mom ends up having a girl and they name her Tamera, but want to call her Tootsie.  Peter hates it that both of his siblings are nicknamed after candy.  It’s embarrassing!  Then his parents announce that the whole family is moving to Princeton for a whole year.  They would rent a house there then decide if they wanted to live there permanently.  Great, moving away from his friends and school and life!  Peter didn’t like the idea of moving, but when they went he actually liked it.  Fudge went through another phase where he wouldn’t sleep in his room because he was afraid monsters would eat him.  Peter met a boy his age named Alex who lived in his new neighborhood in Princeton.  Alex sold worms to one of their neighbors, Mrs. Muldour, and Peter started to get in on it too.  Fudge made a friend named Daniel.  Peter was fine at his new school, but Fudge, on the other hand, had to switch kindergarten classrooms because his first teacher wouldn’t call him Fudge.  In the next classroom he did much better and his mother got him a bird because of it.  He got a Myna bird and named him Uncle Feather.  The bird learned to say “Shut up,” “Stupid,” and “Hello” in French.  Also, since he was a Myna bird he could repeat everything.  Meanwhile, Peter’s best friend from New York, Jimmy Fargo, visited.  They got into an argument over the phone, but they made up shortly.  The Saturday Jimmy visited Peter, Alex, Jimmy, Fudge, and Daniel all went to the movies to see Superman.  Once Peter got Fudge and Daniel settled into some seats up front Peter and his friends went to go sit somewhere else behind them.  The boys ran into some girls from the school Peter and Alex were attending.  So, Peter, Alex, Jimmy, Sharon, Elaine, and Joanne all sat together.

By the end of the movie Peter and Joanne were holding hands.  During the classroom Christmas party Joanne and Peter were caught under the mistletoe.  They kissed each other in the same place – on the cheek.  For Christmas Peter got pretty much everything he wanted.  When February came Tootsie celebrated her first birthday!  Fudge got to help Brain Tumkin who was a children’s author.  He met him at the school assembly and helped him on stage.  When Fudge found out he couldn’t go to the lake with Peter and Alex, he and Daniel ran away with the bikes they got for Christmas.  They also took all of their money.  When both families found the boys they were by the highway.  Their bikes were taken away for a whole month!  By the end of the book Tootsie said her first word, “Yuck” and the Hatcher’s decided to move back to New York City.

Allegiant Book Summary

Allegiant Book Title: Allegiant

 Author: Veronica Roth

 Illustrator:  None

The book Allegiant is written from the perspective of Tris and Tobias. News comes and the Divergent are wanted out of the city. The leader of the Factionless, Evelyn Johnson, wants to be leader of the city. She also wants everyone to live under her rules and act as equal factionless citizens. Factionless and former faction members do not get along at all. Evelyn ends up getting kidnapped by the Allegiant who want to leave the city and re-start their old way of life.

Tris’ brother, Caleb, is put on trial for helping Jeanine. Tris doesn’t forgive her brother for his betrayal even though he’s sentenced to death. The Allegiant plan to send a group outside the city and Tris volunteers to go if Caleb goes also. Tobias breaks Caleb out of jail and they leave with Tris, Christina, Cara, Uriah, Tori, and Peter.  While driving they meet a woman named Zoe and a man named Amar.  Zoe and Amar take the group to the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, where they meet Tori’s brother and are tested to verify and study their Divergence.  Tris learns that she is truly Divergent but Tobias learns that his genes are still ‘damaged’.  Tris is taken to David, the leader of the Bureau, to find out about her mother. He gives Tris her mother’s journal.

Nita, who is also genetically damaged, asks Tobias to join her rebellion. She tells him that the Bureau is lying to everyone and she intends to demonstrate that the genetically pure are flawed as well.  Nita and her allies attack the compound and Tris saves David from being shot by Nita. She stops the attack and Nita is placed in prison.

After the attack, Tris becomes a member of the Bureau’s council. In her position, she is told about the events taking place in the city. David decides to use the memory serum to wipe the memories of the people in the city. Already angry about what David wants to do, Tris also learns that the Bureau created the serums which led to the destruction of Abnegation and the enslaving of the Dauntless. Tris and her friends begin to create a plan to save her city. The group decides to break into the Weapons Lab and use the memory serum to wipe the memories of the Bureau. They learn that the lab is protected by a death serum. Caleb volunteers to break into the lab and asks Tris if it will make her forgive him for everything he has done. She says yes.

Tobias, Christina, Peter, and Amar plan to go into the city to protect their loved ones against the serum. Christina gets serum doses that will counteract the memory serum. The group plan to inject themselves with it. Tobias notices that Peter only pretends to inject himself with the inoculation serum.  Peter wants his memory to be erased. Christina gives an extra vial of the memory serum to Tobias. He is supposed to use it against either Marcus (his dad) or Evelyn (his mom) in an effort to end the conflict in the city.  Tobias meets with his mother and asks her to drink the serum to end the fighting and become his mother again.  She refuses. They meet with Johanna and Marcus to iron out an end to the conflict. On the way out of Erudite headquarters, Peter wants to take the memory serum to become a new person. Tobias gives Peter the serum, erasing his mind for good.

Tris decides to carry out the mission instead of allowing Caleb to do it. She hopes that her resistance to serums will include the Death variant. Tris destroys the entrance to the Lab and is exposed to the death serum, but she survives. At the lab, David tells Tris that he noticed she was colluding with the genetically damaged.  Since he is determined to keep the order, David shoots Tris. She still manages to release the memory serum. After being shot by David, Tris sees her mother reach out for her and she accepts her mother’s embrace. Tris succumbs to her wounds and dies. Tobias, Peter, and Christina return to the compound and are told about Tris’ death. Tobias is angered by the fact that Tris died for Caleb even after his betrayal. Caleb tells Tobias that Tris never wanted to leave him. Uriah, who has been shot, was taken off of life support and Tobias blames himself for Uriah’s death. He returns to his home in the old Abnegation sector and cuts his hair.  Tobias decided to use the memory serum on himself to forget Tris and Uriah. Christina convinces him not to use it for Tris’ memory sake.  Tobias agrees and decides against it. Two and a half years later, former faction members, factionless, compound members, and other outsiders move in and out of Chicago.  The city is at peace. Tobias accepts everything he has been through and reflects on his belief that while life damages everyone, over time people can always be mended.

Insurgent Book Summary

Insurgent Book Title: Insurgent

 Author: Veronica Roth

 Illustrator:  None

Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent trilogy.  Tris Prior is continuing to try to unlock her past about her mother. She is also still trying to figure out her Divergence. All she knows is that she is different because she falls into many factions not just three. She learns that they are so called, “dangerous” and they need to be killed. She gets to see what’s outside of the fence that has been keeping her city in since after the war when the factions were created. War is now high among the factions. She travels to Amity with her friends to meet up with other survivors. Amity states that all factions can stay there as long as they live in peace. Traitors from other factions come to Amity to fight. Tris, Four, Caleb, and Susan leave Amity to go to a factionless safe zone. They find Four’s mother, Evelyn, who happens to be the factionless leader. She tries to convince Four that his faction needs to join the factionless.

Tris and Four travel to Candor headquarters and get arrested. They are put on trial. During the trial, Four admits that he was going to leave Dauntless to be factionless. Tris admits that she shot Will. Candor is attacked and all of the Divergent are captured. The Dauntless traitors plan to take two of the Divergent back to Erudite headquarters and execute the rest. Tris injures the Dauntless leader Eric and the other Dauntless stop her from killing him. Following the attack, the Candor leader arranges a meeting with the Erudite. The Erudite, represented by a Dauntless traitor Max, demand that Candor turn over Eric, the Divergent, and a list of others. Tris and her friends escape the Dauntless traitors but are captured by Jeanine. Peter helps them escape.

Four, Tori, and Harrison are elected as new Dauntless leaders. They put Eric on trial for his crimes. He is convicted, and Four kills him. The Dauntless return to their headquarters, and Tris and Four meet with Evelyn and Edward. Four makes an agreement with the factionless to destroy the Erudite and establish a new government.

Tris walks to the Erudite headquarters in order to stop them from wanting to kill all the Divergent. She agrees to an MRI and several simulations. She sees Caleb, who is now working for Jeanine, and is shocked at his betrayal. One evening, Tris encounters Four in the hallway, and discovers that he tried to save her. They are taken to the execution chamber, where Tris is injected with a terror-inducing drug so that Four will give up the locations of the factionless safe houses.  But no drugs can control Tris. Since nothing works on her they plan to kill her.  Peter helps Tris and Four escape from Erudite.

Tris learns about her family history and plans to get important information that was stolen. The information will be transmitted to all of the factions. Tris leads a group to infiltrate the Erudite headquarters so they can transmit the information to other factions. Tris finds Jeanine’s laboratory with the information. She also finds Tori trying to force Jeanine to acknowledge that she killed her brother who was a Divergent. Tris explains that they need Jeanine so that they can obtain the information from her computer. Tori still kills Jeanine.

Tori calls Tris a traitor and attempts to have her taken into custody. Four’s mother announces the institution of a new factionless government and society. The Dauntless begin to protest but remember that their weapons have been taken by the factionless.  Screens in the room begin to play the information retrieved by Four and Caleb: an old video featuring a woman named Amanda Ritter. She explains that the world became corrupt after genetic engineering narrowed people’s personalities. She also said that the faction system was supposed to be a cure to the corruption, because it would help society regain the moral sense it had lost. The city was to be sealed and when those identified as Divergent had increased in numbers, the Amity were to open the fence and the population should re-enter the world. When the video is over, everyone erupts..

The Great Brain Book Summary

Great BrainBook Title: The Great Brain
Author: John D. Fitzgerald
Illustrator: Mercer Mayer

John Dennis Fitzgerald is telling the story of his childhood just like Laura Ingalls Wilder did in Little House in the Big Woods.  He grew up in Adenville, Utah with his brothers Tom Dennis and Sweyn Dennis, his Aunt Bertha, and his parents.  His brother Tom Dennis (or T.D. as they called him) always had smart ideas to swindle people or bright ideas to make money.  Because of that everybody called him The Great Brain and he loved every minute of it.  This book tells the story of all of The Great Brain’s schemes and adventures.  When Fred Harvey the plumber comes in to the Fitzgerald backyard to install a water closet (a toilet inside of a home) T.D. finds a way to make money out of it.  Or when his mother starts to make ice cream he charges kids a penny to get some.

When Frank and Allen Jensen and their dog, Lady, get lost in a cave T.D. has an idea that is sure to get them out!  Or when T.D. decides to mate his dog, Brownie, and his friend’s dog, Lady, he starts selling the puppies for one whole silver dollar!  When Basil, a Greek boy, comes to town T. D. teaches him how to fight the other kids so he loses the nickname, wimp.  The best thing he thought he did was helping poor Andy (a boy with a peg leg).  He taught him how to run, and do his chores for nothing in return.  If he wouldn’t have helped, Andy would have committed suicide.  T.D. even helped get rid of the new mean teacher, Mr. Standish.  Mr. Standish had replaced old Miss Thatcher – an old school teacher who was the best!  T.D. got help from the other kids as they put whiskey bottles in Mr. Standish’s desk and in his coat pocket.  He was fired, but then they all told the truth.  For that T.D. got the silent treatment from his parents, but he still had his “pals” to count on and a brain full of ideas to solve other people’s problems and make money!

Rocking Purple and Reading Judy Blume!

Hi all, I have three new outfits to show you that all start with my dark purple Arizona brand jeans. I got them from J.C. Penney. I also want to share with you my plan for a Judy Blume Summer Reading Challenge.

IMG_1012Purple Arizona jeans – J.C. Penney paired with GB Girls Paisley Peasant Blouse – Dillard’s

IMG_1018Purple Arizona jeans – J.C. Penney paired with Striped Tippi Sweater – J. Crew

IMG_1020Purple Arizona jeans – J.C. Penney paired with Crewcuts Collectible Sequin Painted Heart Tee – J. Crew

You might notice that in two of the pictures above, I am standing in front of a stack of books. Well, all of these books are Judy Blume books. My mom said that she grew up reading Judy Blume’s books and that they are still some of her favorite books of all time. But, whenever we start talking about books and judging from the hundreds of books that we have had in our library my whole entire life and the amount of books that my mom buys from Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble, I’m thinking that her list of favorite books is really, really long. Anyway, I’ve already read two of Judy Blume’s books in the past, but I really prefer reading the Hunger Games and Divergent series, and books by John Green. You know I love, love, love The Fault in Our Stars! But, when I looked on her website I saw this: “More than 82 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into thirty-two languages.” Hmmmm, I guess Judy Blume is a way bigger deal than I thought. I decided to give her a try. So, I created the Judy Blume Summer Reading Challenge. I am going to read the fifteen Judy Blume books listed below before the end of summer. Apparently, she’s written several more books, but these are the ones my mom has had on the shelf since like forever. They are the same ones my older sister read and she graduated from college last year. For all the tweens out there looking for good books to read this summer, join me in reading Judy Blume. Then check back on my blog for summaries of each book and I’ll also tell you what I thought of them. See you soon.
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      • Freckle Juice
      • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
      • Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
      • Superfudge
      • Fudge-a-mania
      • Double Fudge
      • Iggie’s House
      • Blubber
      • Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself
      • It’s Not the End of the World
      • Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
      • Then Again, Maybe I Won’t
      • Deenie
      • Just As Long As We’re Together
      • Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson