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I first met Judy Blume through her books: SuperFudgeForeverBlubberAre You There God? It’s Me, Margaret–the list went on and on. Her stories spoke to me, through their wonderfully flawed and lovable characters and ingenious plot twists. Then in 2008, I saw her speak at BEA–Book Expo of America, which is trade publishing’s massive conference. She and Neil Gaiman spoke at the Children’s Author Breakfast. She was witty and charismatic, and held the room captivated and longing for more.

Last summer, however, I had the great privilege of listening to her speak at the SCBWI Annual Conference in Los Angeles. This talk was special–she spoke about censorship, about growing older, and about her writing process. She sat in a big puffy armchair across from Lin Oliver, co-founder of SCBWI, and shared her thoughts with us as fellow writers. It was magical.

Today she has news–delivered with her trademark strength and unfailing sense of humor.

We all wish you health and happiness, Judy Blume–may you live forever to keep writing books that make us laugh and love all the more for reading them.

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