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" It's good to have fantasies and creative fantasies, especially. "
" You're supposed to be challenged in college. "
" I dread first drafts! I worry each day that it won't come, that nothing will happen. "
" When I was growing up in the 1950s, sweaters were a huge thing. "
" I wrote 'Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret' right out of my own experiences and my own feelings when I was in sixth grade. "
" What can happen if a young reader picks up a book he/she isn't yet ready for? Questions, maybe. Usually, that child puts down the book and says, 'Boring.' Or, 'I'm not ready for this.' Kids are really good at knowing what they can handle. "
" If only there was a vaccine to protect against breast cancer, we'd be lining up - wouldn't we? "
" I was wildly interested in puberty as a child. "
" I always have trouble with titles for my books. I usually have no title until the editor has to present the book and calls me frantically, 'Judy, we need a title.' "
" Everything they say a girl should get from her father in terms of total acceptance and love, I got all that from my father. But then I married a man just like my mother - so phlegmatic. "
" I am not sure that the inner world of teenage girls has changed. What's most important to kids today is still the same stuff. "
" When I'm writing a book, you can't think about your audience. You're going to be in big trouble if you think about it. You're got to write from deep inside. "
" I was a fearful kid and, for some crazy reason, a pretty fearless writer. "
" Madeleine L'Engle's 'A Wrinkle in Time' has been targeted by censors for promoting New Ageism, and Mark Twain's 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' for promoting racism. Gee, where does that leave the kids? "
" It's all about your determination, I think, as much as anything. There are a lot of people with talent, but it's that determination. "
" Fear is contagious, and those who wish America to become a faith-based society are doing their best to spread it. "
" I'm an Obama chick. "
" I'm very lucky in that my agent and my editors know better. They don't push me. Because I don't take that well. "
" Here's the thing: If you don't want your kids to read a book, fine. You can tell them not to read a book, and maybe they will and maybe they won't. But you can't say what other kids can read. "
" I'm phobic about thunderstorms. "
" A novel is about people. "
" I loved to read, and I think any child who loves to read will read anything, including the back of the cereal box, which I did every morning. "
" I am very sentimental, very emotional, but never in my writing; I am very tough. "
" If those of us who care about making our own decisions about what to read and what to think don't take a stand, others will decide for us. "
" I wasn't that good at science, and I gave up on math long before I should have. I like to think if I were in school today that would be different. "
" In 1970, somebody once asked me whether I thought my books would still be around in 40 years, and I thought, 'How would I know, and why would I care?' Well, it turns out I really do care. "
" After each book, I get panicky. I don't love the reviews. I don't like going through all that, and you would think that, after almost 40 years of writing, I'd have got the hang of it. "
" I discovered the National Coalition Against Censorship when I felt totally alone in my fight to protect intellectual freedom, and that group changed my life. I was no longer alone. "
" I love to watch movies. "
" I don't think it's realistic to say kids shouldn't watch any TV. I just wish the shows would be better. And that kids would watch less. Get out there and do things, kids! Don't become couch potatoes! "
" I used to love getting on planes. I loved the packing and going places. Now I don't because I've developed these really bad sinuses. I have to take a prednisone to fly, but it works, and I'm OK. "