Review: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret

Eleven-year-old Margaret has just moved to New Jersey, and she feels torn between picking a religion. Should she join the Y or the Jewish Community Center? Every day, Margaret talks to God, asking him for favors and advice. With feuding grandparents on each side of the religious debate and non-church going parents, Margaret must figure out who she truly is and what she believes in faith-wise. As if thinking about religion isn’t hard enough, Margaret is also going through puberty. With her clique of friends, she is concerned about her chest size and getting her period. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret is a clearly defined pre-teen book for third to sixth graders that used to land on many challenged book lists for its sexual offensiveness and amorality. I am sure some readers can laugh at Margaret asking God to please let her get her period while others may be offended that…

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