Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Blume began writing stories for her own children, but quickly became the definitive author of books on the many adventures and trials of childhood and adolescence. Her frank and open discussions of such issues as peer pressure, puberty, love, and divorce led to many censorship battles along the way. Among her best-loved works are Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret (1970), Freckle Juice (1971), Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (1972), Blubber (1974), and Forever (1975).