Another Judy Blume Book Summary – Deenie

I bet you thought I forgot about my Judy Blume Summer Reading Challenge. Well, I didn’t. I just got so caught up in the beginning of the school year and starting middle school and everything. I’ve had so many other things to talk about over the last month. Anyway, I’m not too far behind on finishing up my “Summer” Reading Challenge even though the last day of summer was a few days ago. I only have three books left and tonight I’m going to give you another summary.

Deenie Book CoverBook Title:  Deenie
Author:  Judy Blume
Illustrator:  None

Beautiful Wilmadeene.  Thirteen year old Wilmadeene (Deenie) is always being dragged to modeling agencies.  Her mother Thelma wants her to be a model.  Thelma wants Deenie’s sixteen year old sister, Helen, to be a doctor.  “Deenie is the beauty, Helen is the brains!” says Thelma.  Deenie’s never really wanted to be a model even though it would be cool to be on the front of a magazine.  One day when Deenie and her mother go to a modeling agency Deenie is evaluated and is told that she needs to work on her posture more.  Deenie is later told the same thing at school by the gym teacher who calls later that night.  Deenie had to go to the doctor.  There she finds out she has scoliosis.  Her mother is very disappointed, but says she can still model after wearing the brace that was given to her to wear.  She has to wear it for four whole years!  When Deenie sees the brace for the first time she wants to scream, FORGET IT!

She hates it and doesn’t like the idea of wearing something from her hips to her neck.  She has to get bigger clothes just to cover it.  She would rather have the surgery instead, but it wasn’t her choice.  Now that Deenie isn’t being dragged to any more modeling auditions she has time to focus on her best friends, Janet and Midge and her crush, Buddy Brader.  She even befriends Barbara, a girl whose eczema alienates her from everyone.  Deenie used to not want to touch her, afraid she would catch her rash.  She used to think she was disgusting.  Now they are great friends.  Deenie is now more self-conscious about the way she looks due to the brace and she is afraid Buddy might not like her anymore because of it.  In the meantime, Helen has fallen for Joey, who works for the family’s business, a gas station.  Thelma has Joey fired because she is upset that Helen has become so distracted from her school work.  Thelma claims that Joey was let go because of the family’s doctors’ bills due to Deenie’s scoliosis; but it was really about her concern about Joey’s relationship with Helen.  Deenie believes her and is afraid that Helen will hate her because of that.  Helen doesn’t blame Deenie and they both tell off their mother and cry in each other’s arms.  In the end Deenie asks her father for permission not to wear the brace to Janet’s party.  Her mother said ‘yes’ but  her father makes her wear it.  Deenie decides to bring a bag of clothes that fit her without the brace to the party, planning to take it off.  She ends up kissing Buddy and changes her mind and leaves the brace on.

More Judy Blume – Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself and It’s Not the End of the World Book Summaries

Starring Sally J. Freedman As HerselfBook Title:  Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself
Author:  Judy Blume
Illustrator:  None

Sally Jane Freedman lives in New Jersey with her mother, father who she nicknamed Doey-Bird because he is constantly whistling, her thirteen year old brother Douglas, and her grandmother Ma-Fanny in 1947.  The war is finally over!  Not long after, Douglas tries to leap over a brook in Union Woods.  Sally knew not to go into Union Woods due to the strange man that hung out there.  She knew that Douglas still went because he was older.  He ended up dislocating his elbow.  When he came home from the hospital he was still soaking wet which made their mother furious.  When Sally doesn’t like to think about certain things she makes up stories in her head.  So while all the commotion was happening she shut everyone out and made a story inside her head.  Douglas ended up getting nephritis which is a kidney infection.  Sally’s parents think that it would be a good idea to move to Florida for the winter once Douglas gets better.  Sally doesn’t want to go but her mother said it would be good for Douglas.  They would all go by train.  When Sally learns that Doey-Bird can’t go just because he had to stay and work she was very disappointed.  Her father was a dentist.  She didn’t get why they had to leave him all the way in New Jersey just because of that.  It just wasn’t fair.  Leaving was the hardest part.

The train ride was okay.  Sally met an African-American family which consisted of two little boys, a baby girl, and a mother.  Sally thought they were nice.  She even got to hold the baby.  The next morning when Sally came back to the same spot the family was sitting in they were gone!  They didn’t even say goodbye.  Sally’s mother explained that they had to go to the African-American train car.  Sally was confused.  Her mother didn’t even care.  Once they got to Florida Sally was very tired.  Their family’s apartment was very small and she had to share a bed with Douglas.  Sally starts school and she is very nervous.  The nurse has to check her for lice and as it turns out…she has nits.  She has to wait a couple of days before going back to school and starting fifth grade.  In school Sally meets Barbara – a girl in her class, and Shelby – a girl who is in a different class.  She also meets Andrea who is a sixth grader.  The boy named Peter who sits behind her in class dipped her braids in ink.  Sally told Andrea about him and she claimed he was a “Latin Lover,” whatever that meant.  When a girl named Jackie moves in and Peter starts liking her instead of Sally, Sally gets jealous and starts to like Peter.  Sally even started taking dance class and enters a contest.  She is very disappointed when she doesn’t win.  Sally meets a man named Mr. Zavodsky who lives in her building.  He always offers her candy.  Sally refuses the candy and Andrea accepts it, which upsets Sally.  Sally thinks the candy is poison.  Sally is Jewish and thinks Mr. Zavodsky looks just like Adolf Hitler and she starts to believe that he is actually Hitler, in disguise.  Sally writes letters to Mr. Zavodsky and never sends them.  She spies on him, by listening to his phone conversations on a party line.  In the end, Mr. Zavodsky dies of a heart attack.  Sally also finds out that her father, who just turned 42, was the same age as his two brothers had been when they died.  Sally becomes worried that her father may die.  Her father comes to visit all the time and tells Sally that he won’t die.  At the end of the book, she kisses Peter at their teacher’s wedding.  It’s been a heck of a year for Sally!

Book Title:  It’s Not the End of the World
Author:  Judy Blume
Illustrator:  None

For Karen Newman life couldn’t be any worse.  She decides to never get married.  Just look at her teacher Mrs. Singer.  Last year she was Miss Pace and everyone loved her.  Over the summer she ended up getting married and turning into Mrs. Singer.  Karen now has her for sixth grade and she’s a witch.  Life at home isn’t going great either.  All Karen’s parents do is fight.  They can’t stand to look at each other let alone be in the same room as each other.  Karen grades the kind of days her family has and she writes down which of her parents started the fight that day.  Her mother is very happy when her husband plans to move out and file for divorce.  Karen tries to do anything she can to get her parents back together.  Nothing works.  At her father’s apartment Karen meets a girl named Valerie and they become pretty good friends.  Valerie’s parents are also divorced and she claims to know a lot about it.  But back at home Karen’s six year old sister Amy can’t even go to sleep at night.  Karen’s fourteen year old brother is also taking it very hard (though he claims he’s fine).  He just locks himself away in his room and tries to block out the outside world while talking to friends, lifting weights, and writing music.  He later ends up having a fight with his mother in a restaurant when finding out that his father is going to move to Las Vegas so he can get a faster divorce.  Their father stays home to help look for Jeff who ran out of the restaurant after the fight and he is unable to go to Las Vegas.  Karen believes that it was Jeff’s intention to keep their father from leaving.  The police even get involved!  Jeff ends up calling the house and coming back home all on his own.  Then it happens – Karen’s mother announces that they are moving.  Great!  Karen doesn’t want to move.  Karen has got to stop this divorce.  She feels alone and only has Mew, her cat, and Garfa, her grandfather, who she writes letters to.  Although she does not manage to get her parents back together Karen gets a book all about divorce and realizes…it’s not the end of the world.

Iggie’s House and Blubber Book Summaries

Iggie's HouseBook Title:  Iggie’s House
Author:  Judy Blume
Illustrator:  None

Winifred (Winnie) Barringer is an eleven year old girl who lives in New Jersey with her parents and her older brother Matthew.  She had a best friend who lived on Grove Street which wasn’t far from her house. Her friend’s name was Iggie.  They were the best of friends.  Winnie stayed over at Iggie’s house almost every weekend and if she wasn’t, Iggie was at her house.  Then, Iggie moved away to Tokyo.  When she did Winnie just stayed in her room.  Once she finally got up she rode to Iggie’s old house on her bike and she realized that a black family was moving in from Detroit.  She told her mom who already knew because of Mrs. Landon.  Mrs. Landon lived in the neighborhood and she was furious that a black family was moving in on an all white street.  She wanted to get a petition signed to make them move away.  Mrs. Landon did everything in her power to get the Garber’s out of the neighborhood.  They dealt with a lot of racism.

Winnie just didn’t understand why people didn’t like the Garber’s.  They were nice people.  She met the kids Glenn, Herbie, and Tina and their parents.  Shortly after they all became friends.  They even had a dog named, Woozie who was very fun to be around.  Winnie wanted to support the Garber’s so she made her own petition.  It was about feelings for black people.  She went around with it at her Aunt Myrna’s swim club.  She got one signature from Mr. Berger, the swimming instructor, who said he didn’t have a problem with black people.  When she showed Mrs. Landon, Mrs. Landon just rolled her eyes!  That very same day Glenn told her that the family was leaving.  Winnie couldn’t believe it!  Just because of a sign from Mrs. Landon put up that said that the Garber’s were not welcome there!  Winnie had to take action and she had to do it fast.  Then that night Mrs. Landon came over to the Barringer House to tell Winnie’s parents about the petition she made at the pool.  Winne’s father ended up being on Winnie’s side!  “Winnie’s petition is the same as yours.  She is as much as entitled to an opinion as you are,” he had said.  Mrs. Landon then announced that she would be moving.  Winnie was so happy.  She told the Garber’s who were even more excited.  So, at the end of the story the new family ended up staying and the mean Mrs. Land0n moved away.  It was perfect.

 

Blubber

Book Title:  Blubber
Author:  Judy Blume
Illustrator:  None

Blubber is set in Radnor, Pennsylvania.  The main character is named Linda Fischer.  She was a little chubby, but that was beside the point.  She was giving her report on whales when a note was written by Wendy (the smart popular girl) and passed around Mrs. Minish’s fifth grade classroom.  Jill Brenner left the note on her desk.  But a kid named Robby stole it and passed it around the room.  From then on Linda’s nickname was Blubber.  Jill’s best friend, Tracey, was holding a seat for her when she got on the school bus.  The bus ride home was terrible.  Spitballs and paper planes flew all over the bus.  They were directed at Blubber.  Linda didn’t care that Wendy and her best friend, Caroline, made up a song about her.  She didn’t care that the sixth graders were in on it.  She didn’t even care that the kids played keep way with her jacket.  She just looked out the window the whole time.

Since Tracey and Jill got off at the same stop and they lived down the road from each other they decided to trade stamps and talk about Halloween.  Tracey was going to be Big Bird from Sesame Street.  Jill hadn’t decided yet and when the topic came up at the dinner table at her house, she decided right then and there that she wanted to be a flenser (which was mentioned in Linda’s report).  Her little brother, Kenny, wanted to be a witch and he thought it was dumb that his sister wanted to be a whale skinner.  Jill thought the same thing about Kenny’s choice of a witch.  Jill ended up making a pretty cool costume.  Linda hated the idea but Jill didn’t care.  She spotted Linda’s gray tooth and also got in trouble a few times by her teacher for talking.  But that wasn’t going to ruin her day.  All she cared about was winning the costume prize.  Finally, the news came and it turned out….Jill didn’t win the prize. Tracey won.  That made Jill happy, but she was still very disappointed that she didn’t win.  Mrs. Minish even made Jill do all of her math problems over again!  Jill’s day was going rotten.  In the bathroom she told Wendy and Caroline.  Then they spotted Linda/Blubber who was dressed as Little Red Riding Hood.  Wendy and Caroline held Linda down while Jill made fun of her.  She took off her cape, and lifted up her skirt.  They all threatened to strip her down.  Jill was turning into Wendy and Caroline.  On Halloween Night Jill and Tracey put rotten eggs inside of one of their neighbor’s, Mr. Machinist’s, mailbox.  They put toilet paper all over Linda’s trees.  They put Silly Sting all over her bushes.  They even wrote, ‘Blubber lives here’ all over her driveway and sidewalk with chalk.  They ran into Wendy and Caroline and showed them everything.  In music class Linda farted and for laughing Jill got in trouble.  By then, Jill absolutely hated Blubber and wanted to make her pay.  Wendy, Caroline, and Jill made fun of Linda any chance they could get.  Wendy wanted Jill to trip her, pinch her, and hold her nose when Linda passed.  They were very mean to her.  They had her show boys her underwear.  They segregated her.  They made her eat a chocolate covered ant.  Jill had to go to a friend’s bar mitzvah and Linda was there!  It was really weird.  Jill’s brother, Kenny, really liked Linda and thought she was a great friend.  When he announced that to Jill, she just changed the subject.  Jill and Tracey ended up having to rake leaves at Mr. Machinist’s house for putting eggs in his mailbox.  Jill was positive that Linda told on them!  Wendy and Caroline agreed to make her pay.  They decided to have a trial. Wendy took over.  She locked Linda in the supply closet but still didn’t give her a fair trial.  Jill unlocked the door and stood up for Linda.  After that the next day Wendy turned everyone against Jill.  They called her names and bullied her.  Linda was now Wendy’s friend.  She was in on it too.  Jill now felt what it was like to walk in Linda’s shoes.  They were about to strip Jill when she stood up to them, all of them, even Wendy who was Queen Bee.  They ended up leaving Jill alone, but what was clear when the story ended was that none of the girls had a truly safe friendship with any of the others.  They could turn on each other at any time for any reason.

 

About

Hi, my name is Ainsley.  Welcome to my blog, “What Ainsley Likes.” I am eleven years old, soon to be twelve.  I will be in the sixth grade during the 2014 – 2015 school year.  I wanted to have my own blog because I love to write and because I thought that other girls my age might like a lot of the same things that I do.  So, I decided to share with you all of the things that I like.  I love to dance and have been taking dance since kindergarten – mostly ballet, jazz, and tap.  I like to read, do craft projects, and of course, I like to wear cute clothes.

My favorite books are The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan.  My favorite colors are pink, purple, and yellow.  My favorite foods are fruits and vegetables and mashed potatoes.  Oh, I also like candy.  A LOT!  But, I don’t think that candy counts as a food.  The TV shows that I like to watch are The Amazing World of Gumball, Regular Show, Adventure Time, and Dance Moms.  And even though SpongeBob SquarePants has been on for a long time, I really like him too.  I am a dog person, not a cat person.  I try to treat everybody like I want to be treated.  I don’t like P.E., getting dirty, bugs and insects, or mean people.

Other than that, I’m just a normal tween age girl!  I hope you like my blog.

Ainsley

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.