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Mar 21, 2012
| ISBN 9780307817754
| Young Adult
Jan 11, 2011
| 211 Minutes
| Young Adult
Mar 21, 2012 | ISBN 9780307817754 | Young Adult
Jan 11, 2011 | ISBN 9780307747730 | Young Adult
When Deenie finds out that she has scoliosis, she’s scared. When she sees the brace for the first time, she wants to scream.But the words won’t come out. And Deenie, beautiful Deenie, who everyone says should be a model, is stuck wearing a brace from her neck to her hips. For four years—or longer. She never worried about how she looked before—how will she ever face the hard times ahead?
Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well… More about Judy Blume
Judy Blume talks about writingDeenieI met a lively fourteen year old with scoliosis. She seemed to be adjusting well to her condition and her brace but her mother was in tears over the situation. The basic idea for the book came from that meeting. But I invented the characters and the family. I set the book in the town where I grew up – Elizabeth, New Jersey–and sent Deenie and her friends to my junior high school. I think of the story as one about parental expectations. Deenie’s mother says: Deenie’s the beauty, Helen’s the brain. What happens when a parent pigeon-holes her children that way? Since I wrote the book new ways of treating scoliosis have been developed, though some patients still wear the Milwaukee Brace. If you need up-to-date info try www.iscoliosis.com or www.scoliosislife.net. You can also try the Scoliosis Association, Inc. an international Information and Support Organization: (800) 800-0669 or www.scoliosis-assoc.org. I’m looking forward to a movie based on Deenie. The film hasn’t been cast yet but if you stay tuned to my website I’ll keep you updated. www.judyblume.com.
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