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The writing is as good as always, but, as far as Judy Blume books go, the connection to the characters seemed off, and the topic felt somewhat contrived. Fearing that her parents would agree with the counselor and because of her own perceived stigma regarding students who ride the special bus, Deenie tears up the parental consent form that she is given to take to her parents and does not even tell them about the meeting with the guidance counselor. Masturbation is even referred to by name in a gym class health discussion in which the teacher tells the students that it's normal and healthy and not to believe the misinformation they've heard about it causing blindness or insanity.

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Masturbation isn't discussed too much, but it's brought up a few times, including Deenie writing an anonymous question about it to the gym coach. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement and in 2004, she received the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.They were doing it praying style, palms together; it’s in fact an elbows-to-the-side pumping motion. Guide written by Pat Scales, a retired middle and high school librarian who is currently a children’s and young adult literature consultant and specializes in curriculum and free speech issues.

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It was so wonderful to get up in the morning and know that I had this thing that I really, really wanted to do. A male principal once told Judy Blume that it’s okay that boys read about masturbation, but not girls. It shows how some people stand out as different due to conditions, but that everyone is still the same and to be treated well.Her crush, Buddy, could also be nicknamed Bud, the love interest in that story, and Deenie notes the possibility of a Deenie and Bud romance in Elizabeth, New Jersey. There are 4 mentions of masturbation of just a line or two at a time for most of them and one that is a little longer in the context of sex education class. In this spin-off of the “Fudge” series, the Hatchers’ 10-year-old neighbor Sheila must summon all the courage she can when her father’s job takes her family away from the city for a summer.

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