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Are you there, God? It's me, a winner!

Judy Blume will receive the National Book Foundation's annual lifetime award on Nov. 17. The author of more than 20 books, Ms. Blume is the first author of young-adult books to receive the award.

Her books have sold more than 75 million copies and been translated into more than 20 languages. A statement issued by the foundation last week praised Blume's "realistic descriptions of how kids cope with a family move to the suburbs, divorce, and their own sexual awakening." Her most popular titles include a series of novels about a young girl named Fudge and "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret."

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In the 1980s when she discovered that her books were being placed on restricted shelves and removed from libraries, she became actively involved in the fight against censorship.


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