Autograph letter signed twice, to "Bookfriends at The Hallen School", circa 1977-78
Written on the printed leaflet titled "Meet Judy Blume," 8 1/2 x 11 7/8 inches, black-and-white photo of Judy Blume on cover, listing Blume's books on the back, issued by Bradbury Press and E. P. Dutton & Co., the inner pages printing Blume's reminiscences on writing that she included as an epilogue in later editions of her book 'Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself.' Blume has written the text of her letter in the margins of the front and back pages. Some light creasing and soiling, but generally clean. Item #409888
In black ball point pen, Blume writes: "Hi Bookfriends at The Hallen School – Thanks so much for your wonderful letters! I'm glad you're reading & talking about my books. Sorry it's taken me so long to answer but [arrow directing to the back page] I've been away and no longer live at the address to which your letters were sent. I'm finishing a sequel to 'Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing' right now, then hope to write a novel about a teenaged girl. Keep on reading! Love, Judy." She additionally signs in red felt tip on E. Hamilton-West's portrait photograph: "love, Judy Blume." As the first of the titles listed on the back is 'Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself,' published in 1977, this promotional piece was published after that. Blume refers to writing 'Superfudge' (published 1980), one of the sequels to 'Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing', and possibly 'Tiger Eyes,' her young adult novel about a 15-year-old girl attempting to cope with the unexpected death of her father (published 1981).
In 1986, Blume published 'Letters to Judy: What Kids Wish They Could Tell You," collecting letters written to her by children and her responses. Manuscript material by Blume is scarce.