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The author of the book: Judy Blume
ISBN: 0881031755
ISBN 13: 9780881031751
Language: English
Edition: Turtleback Books
Date of issue: March 15th 1976
Format files: PDF
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Judy Blume's Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great is one of these novels that while I can and do much appreciate the plot-lines, the characterisation, the often spot on descriptions of 1970s America, I just DO NOT LIKE the main character (Sheila Tubman) all that much (if at all). Although massively insecure, with many fears (which also unfortunately her parents do not generally take in any way seriously enough), Sheila is nevertheless constantly, annoyingly boasting about how "wonderful" and seemingly perfect she is (that she is a yo-yo champ, even when she is not, that she can swim, although she is not only a non swimmer but massively afraid of water, that she is basically and for all intents and purposes the proverbial greatest thing since sliced bread); sorry, but I absolutely DESPISE individuals who think they are always right, or who have a ready excuse for everything.

Sheila's constant penchant for bragging, her stretching of the truth, her frequent and nasty squabbling with her older sister Libby are thus more than a bit grating, although I actually do with appreciation commend Judy Blume for having depicted the Tubmans as rather imperfect and somewhat dysfunctional (now the parents are in no way abusive, but they do seem to be rather careless and insensitive, especially towards Sheila's fears, and more than likely, her rather annoying bragging and boasting tendencies are actually desperate measures to hide and offset her own lack of self esteem, her own insecurities and the fact that her dearest and dearest are neglectful, and at best, rather distant). Definitely a worthwhile and enlightening read, but Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great is not a book that I could ever even remotely consider a personal favourite by any stretch of the imagnation!

Now if you have never read Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great and are considering a perusal either for yourself or for your children, please note that this particular edition (which I think dates from around 2007) has (annoyingly and very much unfortunately) updated some of the technology, so as to feature computers and copy machines (both of which were NOT yet in use by and for the general public when this novel was originally published). Now these upgrades are rather mild, when compared to updates where in books clearly set in the 70s and early 80s, there are references to cell phones and emails (none of which thankfully does occur in Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great). However, and for me personally, it does chafe that so many publishing houses seem to have the annoying and frustrating attitude that books set in the middle to the end of the 20th century (1950s - 1990s) somehow should be upgraded with regard to technology in order for 21st century child readers to be able to fully understand and appreciate them (frankly, I consider this philosophy, this viewpoint, rather an insult to children and upon rereading, I have now firmly decided that the to and for me both annoying and unnecessary updates chafe enough to only consider a high two star, and no longer a three star ranking).

And finally, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great also presents a prime example how general attitudes towards the family dog and pets in general have changed since the 70s, since the publication of the former. The fact that Jennifer the dog is basically chained in the backyard for most of the day, while this might indeed have been considered acceptable in the 70s, is definitely not all that much tolerated nowadays, and the rather casual and cavalier attitude towards Jennifer having puppies (and that obviously neither Jennifer nor Mumford had been spayed/neutered) does feel rather dated (but deliciously and informatively so, as it portrays American society and its general attitudes towards pets as it was, and is thus a perfect vehicle for discussion). And I do find it both refreshing and brave that with Sheila Tubman, Judy Blume has successfully and yes, compassionately, presented the general truth that NOT EVERYONE likes dogs, that there are those who simply do not appreciate canines, and those, such as Sheila, who are legitimately frightened of them (and although Blume also demonstrates that many of Sheila's fears regarding dogs are rather exaggerated and even slightly unreasonable, she also and thankfully never suggests that Sheila should somehow learn to be friends with Jennifer and her puppies, simply because that is what many, what society as a whole seems to expect and dictate).

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Ebook Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great read Online! 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 Fudge. She has also written three novels for adults, Summer Sisters; Smart Women; and Wifey, all of them New York Times bestsellers. More than 80 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into thirty-one languages. She receives thousands of letters a year from readers of all ages who share their feelings and concerns with her.
Judy received a B.S. in education from New York University in 1961, which named her a Distinguished Alumna in 1996, the same year the American Library Association honored her with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. Other recognitions include the Library of Congress Living Legends Award and the 2004 National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
She is the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation. She serves on the boards of the Author's Guild; the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators; the Key West Literary Seminar; and the National Coalition Against Censorship.
Judy is a longtime advocate of intellectual freedom. Finding herself at the center of an organized book banning campaign in the 1980's she began to reach out to other writers, as well as teachers and librarians, who were under fire. Since then, she has worked tirelessly with the National Coalition Against Censorship to protect the freedom to read. She is the editor of Places I Never Meant To Be, Original Stories by Censored Writers.
Judy has completed a series of four chapter books -- The Pain & the Great One -- illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist James Stevenson. She has co-written and produced a film adaptation of her book Tiger Eyes, and is currently writing a new novel.
Judy and her husband George Cooper live on islands up and down the east coast. They have three grown children and one grandchild.

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