Oh, c'mon, what preadolescent kid didn't read Judy Blume? I figure maybe the illiterate ones.

Well, not quite, but her books were immensely popular because they dealt with the feelings of alienation and budding superiority (I figure around 12 years old is when kids start thinking they know it all). Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is a perfect example of this. Blume is one of those rare adults who can identify with kids at their brattiest age. Lord knows we need more like her.

I read a lot of Judy Blume books, both her work aimed at boys, and her girly stuff as well. Are you there, God? It's me, Margaret -- guilty as charged. 7Ghent calls this the literary equivalent of cross-dressing.