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by Judy Blume

The unstoppable Farley Drexel Hatcher — better known as Fudge — is back with more adventures and sidesplitting hijinks. Even though this is the sequel to Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, this book can be read on its own. The story is believable, the pace quick and exciting, and the undeniable humor of the characters will leave readers breathless from laughing so much.

Twelve-year-old Peter Hatcher's brother, Fudge, has driven him up the wall since Day One! Now that he's older, Fudge is an even bigger pain; he eats worm brownies, insists on getting a myna bird for a pet, and is constantly singing words he knows how to spell. What could be worse? Well, Peter soon finds out that his mom is pregnant and the family is going to move to Princeton, New Jersey. Now Peter has to leave his best friend, Jimmy, and his archenemy, Sheila Tubman, behind. Not only that, he has to start the sixth grade in a new school — plus, it's the same school that Fudge is going to attend! What can he do now?

Although this book is 166 pages long, readers will sail through it. The family situations are genuine and reveal both the ups and downs of family life. And for readers who want to find out more about Judy Blume and her books, they can visit where they can check out bios, photographs, her views on censorship, and other author-related material.

8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Book Type
Chapter Book
Number of Pages
Comedy and Humor, Realistic Fiction, Series

About the Author

Judy Blume Best-selling author Judy Blume began writing books for children when her own children started preschool.

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