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Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (Yearling, 1970)

Written by American children and young adult author Judy Blume, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret was a young adult novel. Margaret Simon is in sixth grade. Her mother is Christian and her father is Jewish. The central conflict of the novel is from Margaret trying to settle her mixed religious heritage. Alongside the religious conflict, Margaret confronts other pre-teen issues — buying her first bra, getting her first period, using belted sanitary napkins (in more current editions of the novel these have been updated to adhesive sanitary pads), envy towards other girls’ bodies, liking boys and whether to voice a difference of opinion from her friends’.

The success of Are You There God? It’s Margaret inspired Blume to write Then Again, Maybe I Won’t, a book about puberty from a boy’s perspective in 1971.