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Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  9,479 ratings  ·  327 reviews
When Sally’s family moves to Miami Beach for the winter of 1947, she is excited and nervous at the same time. What will school be like in Florida? Will she make any friends? Will she fit in so far away from home?

Miami Beach has so many things to worry and wonder about, Sally is in for one unforgettable winter!
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Published January 11th 2011 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published March 7th 1977)
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Nov 15, 2007 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a tenuous grip on reality
I thought about giving this a five, and it might deserve one.

This is Judy Blume's best book. It's written for a younger crowd than her Puberty books, and Sally's concerns lie in the elementary school horrors of shame and embarrassment and trying to fit in. These are conveyed spectacularly well, as when she discovers upon moving to Florida that there are no doors on the bathroom stalls at her new school. Imagine!! The details in this book -- the social necessity of not wearing socks, the way the
Jun 02, 2008 Presley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
"Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself" is my favorite book. It's about ten-year-old Sally who moves to Maimi Beach for the winter since her brother has a kidney infection and needs to stay in warmth. The book takes place in the post World War Two era. The book doesn't really have a main conflict, but you see Sally encounter world conflicts through naive eyes. She questions segregation a lot and she gets the same answers from adults: That's just the way things are. You also see Sally encounter e ...more
One of the first books I truly considered a "favorite."

Judy Blume was in New York doing a reading my freshmen year of college -- not having my copy with me, I bought a new copy of this beloved favorite and had her sign it. I couldn't stop gushing about how much I loved this book :o)

Superb characters, this is a book that has always "stuck with me." I often think of and remember little bits and pieces from the story. One of those books that seems to get better and better every time you re-read it
I was recently reminded of this after a conversation about the rarity of children's books about Jews that aren't all Holocaust all the time. I remembered loving this as a kid and am pleased that it stands up well to a rereading as an adult. Blume really is a good writer.[return][return]This is the story of Sally, a ten-year-old girl who moves from New Jersey to Florida with her mom, brother, and grandma after World War II, because her brother has been ill and winters down south are recommended f ...more
Grade C

Although World War II has just ended, ten-year-old Sally is still preoccupied with Hitler. She writes stories about her cousin, who died in his camps, and even thinks her new neighbor just might be Hitler in disguise.

I loved bright, inquisitive Sally and all her creativity. I too wrote stories of peril when I was her age. STARRING SALLY J FREEDMAN AS HERSELF is a slice of life, period piece, one of Judy Blume's earliest and most autobiographical novel. As an adult, I enjoyed the story, bu
Alex Baugh
This is an early Judy Blume book about a 10 year old girl living in post war America. In it, Blume portrays misconceptions that can happen when kids don’t fully understand complicated events and how they fill in what they don’t know with their own ideas.

Sally Jane Freedman likes her life in New Jersey. She has friends, including a best friend, and her family, mom, dad, older brother Douglas and maternal grandmother, Ma Fanny, all live in relative peace and harmony in a nice comfortable four bedr
Etta King
I read this book so many years ago - I was probably just about SJF's age - but it's amazing how I remember every detail. It's a brilliant take on a turbulent time through the eyes of a young girl. So many events as told by Sally, from the end of the war to sitting Shivah for her neighbors, seem so much more poignant, because the descriptions are without artifice. There is no real filter through Sally's eyes; we see everything because she doesn't know to look away. And her understanding of little ...more
Lizmary Marquez
I think this book was awesome . Why because this book was showing the life of sally . In the book it was telling about sally and her family going to Miami. Also how sally's brother fell down in the union woods and he got really sick. Also in the book they were showing how sally did like a person in Miami and she tried her best to not get next to the person.
I used to looove this. I remember i felt super grown-up reading it because our library had the hard back edition which I thought was extra extra extra long. On re-read, it's still cute, but there's a few things that are fucked up. One is this weird "Latin Lovers" thing the main character goes on and on about, and there's also some fatphobia. Also, perhaps this only bothered me because I happened to read the two one right after the other, but a girl who is doesn't know how to swim, doesn't want t ...more
I recently re-read this, along with a couple of other Judy Blume favourites, as I was writing some self-esteem sessions for teenaged girls and wanted to get back into my own headspace at that age. This is such a lovely book, and loses none of its charm for being read as an adult; in fact, I think the added charm is actually that I recognise so much of the behaviour of the adults in the stories as my own, now, and really appreciate the unique talent that Ms Blume hasin her ability to be right the ...more
Sally has to move from her home in NJ to Florida when her brother develops nephritis. Although she's skeptical about moving to Miami with her brother, mother, and grandmother, she quickly adjusts to life at the condo. Sally's imagination runs wild as she makes up stories about her situation... and even believes that Adolf Hitler is living in the condo. She spends the rest of her time hanging out with friends, listening to the party line, and missing her father, who is still living in NJ.

This was
Becky Carleton
I read this book in fourth grade when I went through my Judy Blume phase. All my friends who hadn't yet started their periods raved about Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret but to someone like me with precocious puberty, Margaret was passé. Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself was my favorite Judy Blume novel.

I remember really identifying with the main character, a ten year old girl who leaves behind her beloved father in New Jersey to move with her mother and grandmother to Florida. I could
Julie Decker
Sally is an imaginative child whose every thought becomes a full-blown fantasy. When she moves to Florida in the 1940s--in a confusing political and social climate much bigger than she can grasp--Sally worries about fitting in, and decorates her existence with meaning. She fixates on movie stars. She creates a secret identity for a neighbor. She interprets a bird's "gift" as a sign of luck. And she longs to be more than just one little girl; her quest for significance through small acts is touch ...more
Giving this five stars just because I re-read this so often it's a story that stayed with me. It also fuelled my childhood obsession with Judaism and WWII. (That and my sister's GCSE textbook).

Things I learnt through this book:
- Who Esther Williams is.
- Numerous Yiddish expressions.

Things I didn't learn 'til later:
- None of my family would give me a decent response when I enquired what a 'bordello' was. And it wasn't in whatever sub-par dictionary I looked it up in.
Rachael Eyre
Hmm. This was one of my favourite books aged ten or so, but once the filter of nostalgia is lifted, you come to this realisation: nothing much actually happens. Yes, it's coming of age / slice of life and all that, but Sally doesn't honestly appear to change or grow as a person. The element I remembered best as a kid - her daydreams about Hollywood - wasn't as key as I remembered, and the "Hitler in Miami Beach" storyline could have done with a better denouement too. Mr Zavodsky may not be the F ...more
So, here's the thing. Judy Blume has just come out with a new book. I'm on the waiting list for it at the way down on the waiting list. I have mostly fond memories of JB's books - not "Wifey" - that shit scarred me (though I must admit, I was far too young to be reading it. "We must, we must, we must increase our bust" ala "Are you there God? It's me Margaret" in no way prepared me for the masturbating motorcycle guy in "Wifey". I mean, obviously. I was like 11.) Anyhoo...I decide ...more
A period piece, following a Jewish girl named Sally as she and her family recover from the end of WWII. What happens when they move to Florida for the winter; missing her father who stays behind in New Jersey, worrying about her brother Douglas and learning how to fit in in the fifth grade where she is not the tallest, the smartest or the prettiest. Still she has the best imagination going and uses it to deal with her feelings toward Hitler, Jewish life, and the small matters of friends, school ...more
This is one of my favorite books from my childhood. I decided to re-read it the other day. Sally is such a loveable girl with an overactive imagination. I miss books like this for kids... believable characters, no vampires... Still thankful to Judy Blume, even after all these years.
The beauty, I think, of keeping books from your childhood is that they start to mean so much more when you reread them in adulthood.

I hadn't read a single Judy Blume in 10 years, and I'm pretty darn proud of myself for randomly picking this up from the shelf last Tuesday.

In the past two days, I'd blocked out everything but this story until pretty soon I started to recognize voices, emotions, questions, curiosities, likes and dislikes that used to envelope me at age 10. "Starring Sally J. Freedm
I read this one over and over again. I think I had some parts memorized. It really saddens me that they don't have a picture of the edition I had which was yellow!
Mar 11, 2007 Valerie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle School Kids
This was one of my favorite childhood novels. I re-read it many times. Sally is a vibrant character, and her adventures are exciting and often funny.
This was my favorite Judy Blume book. I borrowed it from the library so many times that the librarian suggested I read something else!
Allegra Hailey Green
I adored this book and read it multiple times as a kid, but I think it's best if it's read with a parent or teacher that can explain the situation. Sally's life has been recently affected by the holocaust and she doesn't fully understand it, so reading it as a kid I didn't understand that part of it. It made me terrified to take showers and also that I would go somewhere where there would be no doors on the bathroom stalls (if you've read it you know what I'm talking about)! Also, the sexual ove ...more
The best part about reading this book was finding a post-it in the back of the book which read " Please Kick Me. Thanks, Arnie"
Sophia M
In my opinion, this book was phenomenal. This book reminds me of my friend and her brother because both boys are independent, and both girls are clueless girls, who just want to be included. The writing was simple to read, but effective. This book didn’t really have any weaknesses, and I loved the way the author used descriptive words to really describe the story. When I read this book I could really imagine it in my mind. Once I picked this book up I simply couldn’t put it down. I would recomme ...more
i like this book. good, funny again judy blume!
After reading my very first Judy Blume novel earlier this year, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, I couldn't resist reading another one of Ms. Blume's novels. So, I decided to read Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself as my next read by Judy Blume.

Well, I couldn't have been more disappointed after reading Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself by Judy Blume!! I thought the leading character of Sally J. Freedman was so very annoying. In fact, I didn't like most of the characters in this novel
THIS was my favorite Judy Blume. Yay!
My favorite Blume book.
I was 9 or 10 the first time I read this. I brought it in to class for Silent Reading, and one of my classmates exclaimed, "That's a really long book!" I was delighted to find it for sale at our library's annual book sale, and decided to re-read it for Judy Blumesday (which is by far the best invented holiday I've ever heard of). I was not disappointed. I was also glad to read this in the age of Google, as there were a lot of references that were lost on me as a youngster. I sort of knew who Est ...more
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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 as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Blubber; Just as Long as We're Together; and the five book series about the irrepressible Fu ...more
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