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85-Year-Old Judy Blume, The “Poet Laureate of Puberty,” Still Has Her Touch In A New Era

85-Year-Old Judy Blume, The “Poet Laureate of Puberty,” Still Has Her Touch In A New Era

By The Sunday Paper Team
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Who did you turn to when you struggled with relationships, identity, puberty, and more when you were a child or teenager? Probably, Judy Blume. Blume’s 29 books have reached 90 million children and young adults all over the world.

Back in the 1980s, Blume would receive 2,000 letters from devoted readers every month. Today, 85-year-old Blume doesn’t get as many letters, but those influenced by her wisdom and beautiful writing are now passing down their experience to their children.

Unlike their parents, children of the digital era will be consuming Judy Blume in theaters and online. A film adaptation of one of her most beloved novels, “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” will be in theaters this April. Other works by her will also soon be featured on Disney+, Netflix, and other streaming services this year.

We will forever admire Judy Blume, the “Poet Laureate of Puberty,” whose impact has lasted from generation to generation and is as powerful as ever in this new age.

You can read more about her latest ventures in a new profile by The Atlantic.

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