Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself

Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself

by Judy Blume


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Sally investigates post-WWII Florida with theatrical flair in this classic middle grade novel from Judy Blume. Now with a fresh new look!

Sally J. Freedman was ten when she made herself a movie star. She would have been happy to reach stardom in New Jersey, but in 1947 her older brother Douglas became ill, so the Freedman family traveled south to spend eight months in the sunshine of Florida. That’s where Sally met her friends Andrea, Barbara, Shelby, Peter, and Georgia Blue Eyes—and her unsuspecting enemy, Adolf Hitler.

Dear Chief of Police:
You don’t know me but I am a detective from New Jersey. I have uncovered a very interesting case down here. I have discovered that Adolf Hitler is alive and has come to Miami Beach to retire. He is pretending to be an old Jewish man...

While she watches and waits, and keeps a growing file of letters under her bed, Sally’s Hitler will play an important—though not quite starring—role in one of her grandest movie spectaculars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481413558
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/29/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 309,367
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Judy Blume, one of America’s most popular authors, is the recipient of the 2004 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of beloved books for young people, including Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and novels for adult readers, including Wifey, Smart Women, and Summer Sisters. Her work has been translated into thirty-two languages.Visit Judy at or follow her on Twitter at @JudyBlume.


New York's Upper East Side, Key West, and Martha's Vineyard

Date of Birth:

February 12, 1938

Place of Birth:

Elizabeth, New Jersey


B.S. in education, New York University, 1961

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Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book for childern ages 8-11 years old. It was imaginative, funny, and a special read. Don't forget to buy this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should definitly get this book if you can. It's funny and exciting. Judy Blume rocks!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Starring Sally J. Freedman as herself by Judy Blume is a fictional book. I really liked this book because it kept me guessing about how the main character, Sally is going to resolve the conflict. The setting of this book is a few years after WW2 in Miami Beach, Florida. the major conflict of the book is that WW2 has just ended and Sally and her family move to Miami Beach. Sally thinks she won¿t make any friends and she thinks that her new neighbor is Hilter in disguise who retired to Miami Beach! Sally also can¿t get used to her dad living in New Jersey without her. Sally soon finds out if her neighbor is really Hilter or not. Besides Sally missing her friends and family in New Jersey she has other things on her mind. I think that Judy Blume is a great author. She writes in the third person point of view. In this book she doesn¿t use big words. Other books by her are also mostly fiction with young characters. I would recommend this book if you like younger characters and books that you can¿t stop reading. I think this is a great book for ages 10 and up and you learn what it was like for sally growing up after WW2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wait wats this even about?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazingly good by the best selling author Judy Blume. Sally must go to Miami because of her brother's health. Sounds fun right? WRONG! Sally hates it there. She has to share a apartment with 2 other people, make new friends, & leave her dad which she calls ' Doey-Bird' because he can whistle like a bird. But in the end, Sally finds that Miami can be full of suprises. A great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked 'Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself'. I think this book is cool and funny because Sally Freedman, the main character, has a very creative mind. You can tell because she thinks Adolph Hitler is in disguise as a Jewish man in Miami, Florida. It is also funny because Sally¿s family believes in good luck and Sally likes to listens to other people¿s conversation on their party line telephone. Sally moves from New Jersey to Florida because her brother has a kidney infection and the move would be good for his health. I prefer the part of this book when she is in Florida, which is most of the book. A lot of things happen to Sally, like her first kiss and helping her teacher paint the bathroom. I like it when Sally writes to her dad, Doey-Bird. I think it is sweet because her dad is still in New Jersey and she misses him. I also enjoy it when she makes up stories in her head. She is very creative. I think a lot of young people would like to read this book because they will find it interesting and entertaining. I recommend 'Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself', for ages 10 trough 12 because it contains some mild language.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is totally amazing! I could read it over and over again! Must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Doey-bird, why do we have to move?¿ Sally asked. She looked clearly upset, and so did her brother, Douglas, who was standing next to her. Sally is a character in Judy Blume¿s book, Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself. ¿Douglas needs the sun to get over his kidney infection, Sally. It¿s not permanent either, only until summer,¿ answered Doey-bird, Sally¿s father. Sally trudged over to her father. She climbed into his lap and whined, ¿It¿s not fair.¿ Sally had learned that she, her father, her mother, Douglas, and Ma Fanny (her grandmother) were moving to Florida. They were going to live there from October until the summer. Since Sally¿s family was Jewish, they had recently celebrated the end of World War 2. Unfortunately, two of Sally¿s relatives died in the war. This book is about Sally¿s life in Miami, Florida. She makes friends with children in her apartment and at school two of them are Andrea and Barbara. Her imagination is huge, so when Sally discovers that a man that looks like Hitler lives in her apartment, she has many ideas about what to do. To pass the time, Sally makes up stories in her head, and keeps in touch with her father, who is still working in New Jersey, which is where her real house is. Sally¿s move to Florida means big changes for her in this thrilling book. The most interesting parts of this book were in the middle. All of the characters were introduced, so that was when the action started happening. An example of this is when Sally is stung by a Man-O-War. Judy Blume makes you want to read on to find out what will occur next. Another thing I thought made the book exciting were the stories Sally made up in her head. She almost always killed Hitler in her stories, and the fact that it would never happen in real life made it humorous. Overall, I think the book was just okay. The story was entertaining, but there weren¿t too many details about the setting, which I would¿ve wanted to hear about. Sally¿s overactive imagination was what I enjoyed most in this book. Even though I thought this book wasn¿t the greatest, I would definitely recommend it to many people. Those in elementary school would care for this book more than I did. Sally has quite an overactive imagination, which means numerous children can relate to her. Also, anyone who vacations in Florida would be interested to read about what it was like back in the 1940s, which is when this book takes place. Those that like a story about mischief and hilarious adventures would enjoy this book as well because there are many times when Sally makes you want to laugh out loud. If you are looking for a decent book to read, Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That is from all of the books its a never put down literrally love it highly recommend
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Sally moves to Florida she has some great adventures. She hears tales, mkes friends, has fights, but, really want's to see her dad who is staying in New Jersey, but her parents aren't divorced. She rewrites the whole world as if she were the star. Love at first sight, and then gone tomorrow. Sally goes through a time of great dispare and a troubleing way of mind. Who knows maybe Sally will be a famous detective or that movie star, but, as of right now she is still trying to figure the world out one step at a time.
alyssama121 More than 1 year ago
I love Judy Blume for writing these wonderful books where the whole plot is just growing up and living life. This book is about Sally Freedman, a ten-year-old Jewish girl who is growing up just after the end of World War II; she moves to Florida with her mom and brother for her brother’s health and misses New York and her father a lot. Blume has said that this is her most autobiographical work, and it shows in its full-colored, multi-layered portrayal of Sally’s life at ten years old. Sally is just in that stage where she’s starting to learn about some of life’s complexities, but she doesn’t quite understand everything perfectly and it is charming and heartwearming to read about her adventures and dreams. I especially loved how crushes and romance are handled in this story–at once sweet and hilarious. Friendships are also handled wonderfully in this. Sally has to struggle with keeping in touch with old friends in New York, but also fitting in with her new school and trying to make new friends. It’s so relatable and reading it as an adult, I got a lot of nostalgia/enjoyment out of reading about the squabbles that turn into end-of-the-world, friendship-ending dramas. It’s all just so relatable. This is a wonderful, fast, light read that is pure Judy Blume goodness.
bpinchot40 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book about a little girl and her family going to flordia in the winter due to her brother's Nemphritis.
ehansman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How did you feel when you just moved to a new place? Well, Sally Freedman had a hard time to find her way in Miami Beach, Florida. They were just sooooooooooo happy that the world war was over, but that doesn't make Sally think that a really nice man in the neighborhood is Adolf Hitler. She has Horror thoughts about him!
spacepotatoes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my reading goals this year was to reread some my old favourites. I read my share of Judy Blume books way back when and Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself (along with Are You There God? It¿s Me Margaret) has stayed with me. I was curious how the story would hold up over time and if I¿d still be able to appreciate what I loved about it the first time. The story is set in 1947, when Sally is ten years old. The Freedmans ¿ Sally, younger brother Douglas, their mother and grandmother - relocate from New Jersey to Miami so that Douglas can recuperate from an illness. Sally has to negotiate a new home, a new school, new friends, a tense relationship with her mother, missing her father, and spying on their elderly neighbour whom Sally is convinced is really Hitler is disguise. With all of this going on, it¿s no wonder I always remembered this book being much thicker than it actually is!The thing that struck me most in rereading this story is how dark it actually is when you¿re old/mature enough to realize what all of the subtext is referring to. Sally¿s grandmother has relatives that were killed in Dachau, Sally often plays games of make-believe where she is a spy in Germany on a mission to capture Hitler, and in the snippets of phone conversation between Sally¿s parents, an adult reader will recognize that there are more serious issues in their marriage than the kids are led to believe. I don¿t think any of these things are necessarily inappropriate for younger readers, though I do think that if I was a parent, I¿d want to be aware of these topics and be prepared to discuss them with my child if they came up. In all likelihood, it may not come up; I was a fairly mature reader when I was in the tween/early teen stage and I don¿t remember picking up on all of this. Another thing that struck me, and I have found this in re-watching some of my old favourite movies as well, is that I now tend to see things from the grown-up characters¿ perspectives than the kids. In this case, I felt for Mr. Freedman and really wanted to give Mrs. Freedman¿s head a shake. Ma Fanny (the grandmother) was great.The story is entertaining and as it turns out, is semi-autobiographical. I can¿t say I loved it as much this time around but it did bring back some fond memories.
Runa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was always one of my favorite books by Judy Blume. I'm sure others would pick Are You There, God, but this is the one I found most relatable and interesting. I was stunned to realize that Sally is only 10 (this must be my third or fourth time reading it and I just now caught it *headdesk*). She has her moments of immaturity, but I went through the book thinking she was at least 13. No matter the age, though, I'm sure plenty of children can relate to her. This is a historical fiction book, but the way it reads, you really couldn't tell. There are references to WWII being over and Hitler, but it's still just another girl living her day-to-day life. The characters are all lovely and Sally talks to them in a very engaging way, letting us know simultaneously about her world and theirs. The one nitpicky comment I have about this book is the excessive use of ellipses. Too many conversations had those triple dot-dot-dots and it did mess with my concentration at times.Rating: 5/5
Peguses on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book! I highly recomend this book to all whom are 10-13. Delightfuly funny Sally Freedman and all her adventures while she is wintering in florida, and discovering all the amazing trouble a girl with a big imagination and a natural talent for trouble.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my childhood favorites, this book tells the story of Sally J. Freedman who is ten years old in 1947. She moves with her mom, grandma, and brother from New Jersey to Miami Beach for the winter because her brother has been ill. Although things aren't great at first, she tries to be brave and look at the move as an adventure, but she misses her father and finds some things about Florida hard to get used to.Sally is one of my best literary friends and she's a great character to get to know!
delphica on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(#44 in the 2005 book challenge)This one was for book club. Wow, I forgot that Judy Blume is a famous writer for a reason. I tend to forget because her adult books are so bad, and a lot of her kids books are so dated, but when she's on, she's really on. This is the most autobiographical of her books. Ten year old Sally and her family move from NJ to Miami Beach for the winter, the year after WWII has ended. Sally is a pip, she's obsessed with Hollywood movie stars and Hitler. This isn't really heavyweight stuff, but it's a fun story.Grade: A-Recommended: Excellent for the age 8-12 girls set, it's also a neat story of a very particular Jewish-American experience. Unlike some of her other books, this one has aged very gracefully.
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