Friday, May 22, 2009

Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself

Author: Judy Blume

First line: "Can I have another jelly sandwich?" Sally asked her grandmother.

Why you should read this book: Imaginative child Sally J. Freedman likes to makes up stories, to amuse herself in her own head, or to be acted out by her friends. When her brother's medical condition sends the family, without her father, to Florida for a year, she has to rely on her imagination to help her make sense of the sometimes frightening world around her. Whether she's dreaming of assassinating Adolph Hitler or meeting her Latin lover, Sally's enthusiasm and burgeoning understanding of her American childhood in the days immediately following the end of WWII make for engaging reading.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You insist that reading the classics and sewing clothes helps children grow up faster than playing make-believe.

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