Printers Row Lit Fest announced its lineup earlier this week, and it's led by Judy Blume, the beloved children's book author who has helped several generations endure the agony of adolescence. Blume will receive the
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Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
The titles sound like old schoolroom friends: "Superfudge," "Freckle Juice," "Deenie," and, of course, the book that inspired a censorship controversy, "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret." But this summer, a movie version of "Tiger Eyes" — adapted and produced by Blume and her son, Lawrence — will open in theaters. "Tiger Eyes" is Blume's 1981 young adult tale of a girl named Davey and how she copes after her father's sudden, violent death.
Rookie Yearbook One by Tavi Gevinson
Tavi Gevinson, the Oak Park fashion phenom who burst onto the scene at age 12, offers a straight shot of advice to teenagers in "Rookie Yearbook One," a website-turned-scrapbook that's charming, squirm-inducing and flat-out fun. It's an honest dive into everything kids want to know — but don't want to talk about. Parents may cringe, but if they're honest, they'll admit that they wish they'd had "Rookie" around when they were that age.
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