Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making up stories inside her head. She's still at it. Her twenty-three books have won more than ninety awards, none more important than those coming from her youngest readers. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is the first in a series of five books about Peter, Fudge, and Sheila. Judy says: "Fudge is based on my son, Larry, when he was a toddler. But I got the idea for the episode with Dribble [Peter's pet turtle] from a news article. I don't want to spoil the story, so let's just say that Larry never did what Fudge does in the final chapter of this book. And I'm mighty glad he didn't!" Judy Blume lives on islands up and down the East Coast with her husband, George Cooper. They have three grown children and one grandchild. You can visit her at www.judyblume.com.Blume, Judy is the author of 'Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing', published 2003 under ISBN 9780142401019 and ISBN 0142401013.