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Mar 21, 2012
| ISBN 9780307817693
| Middle Grade (8-12)
Aug 09, 2011
| 218 Minutes
| Middle Grade (8-12)
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Mar 21, 2012 | ISBN 9780307817693 | Middle Grade (8-12)
Aug 09, 2011 | ISBN 9780307747693 | Middle Grade (8-12)
Karen Newman has decided she’ll never get married. Just look at her parents. All they do is fight. And now Karen’s dad has moved out of the house and he and her mom are talking about divorce. Her older brother has locked himself away in his room, her little sister is a mess, and she can’t bring herself to talk about any of it with her best friend. She’s never felt so alone. Yet in spite of everything Karen is sure she can set things right again if only she can get her parents together in the same room. Or will her fantasy backfire?
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 writingIt’s Not the End of the WorldWhen I wrote It’s Not the End of the World in the early seventies I lived in suburban New Jersey with my husband and two children, who were both in elementary school. I could see their concern and fear each time a family in our neighborhood divorced. What do you say to your friends when you find out their parents are splitting up? If it could happen to them, could it happen to us? At the time, my own marriage was in trouble but I wasn’t ready or able to admit it to myself, let alone anyone else. In the hope that it would get better I dedicated this book to my husband. But a few years later, we, too, divorced. It was hard on all of us, more painful than I could have imagined, but somehow we muddled through and it wasn’t the end of any of our worlds, though on some days it might have felt like it.Divorce laws have changed since I wrote this book. You don’t have to go to Nevada or anyplace else to be divorced these days. And unlike Karen’s mother in this book, many women have jobs outside the home, regardless of whether or not they’re married or have children. Not that new laws or having two working parents makes divorce easy. It still hurts. It still causes the same fears and feelings Karen experiences in this story.
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