Judy Blume was born on February 12, 1938 in Elizabeth, New Jersey and attended Battin High School. She first enrolled at Boston University as an undergraduate student, but transferred to New York University after contracting mononucleosis and taking leave from classes. She graduated from NYU with a degree in education. Blume’s books, written for young adults, focus on issues that many young people face. Many of her books have been New York Times bestsellers; however, several of them have also been banned for the topics she discusses through her characters. Her young adult novels include Are You There God? Its Me, Margaret., Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Blubber, and Tiger Eyes. She has also written novels for adults, including Wifey and Smart Women.
Blume has won many awards for her works, including the addition of her name to the Library of Congress’s Living Legends and the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award. Despite attempts to censor her work, Blume has continued to write to help young adults cope with the challenges that come with growing older.