History Literature / Blubber

7th Sep '16 2:42:06 PM GarrulousTiger
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* PottyEmergency: Jill and Tracy's punishment for putting raw eggs in Mr. Machinist's mailbox is having to rake his huge backyard. Both badly need to pee before they're finished, and both opt to water the man's trees rather than humiliate themselves by begging permission to use his bathroom.

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* PottyEmergency: Jill and Tracy's punishment for putting raw eggs in their prank on Mr. Machinist's mailbox Machinist is having to rake his huge backyard. Both badly need to pee before they're finished, and both opt to water the man's trees rather than humiliate themselves by begging permission to use his bathroom.
7th Sep '16 2:41:08 PM GarrulousTiger
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* PottyEmergency: Two girls caught TP-ing a neighbor's yard are punished by having to rake his huge backyard. Both badly need to pee before they're finished, and both opt to water the man's trees rather than humiliate themselves by begging permission to use his bathroom.

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* PottyEmergency: Two girls caught TP-ing a neighbor's yard are punished by Jill and Tracy's punishment for putting raw eggs in Mr. Machinist's mailbox is having to rake his huge backyard. Both badly need to pee before they're finished, and both opt to water the man's trees rather than humiliate themselves by begging permission to use his bathroom.
5th Sep '16 4:03:07 PM GarrulousTiger
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* CoolOldLady: Jill's first impression of her great-aunt Great Maudie, who moves in as temporary nanny while Mrs. Sandmeier is on vacation. She's a health-food, natural-living and yoga enthusiast. At first Jill thinks she'll enjoy having Great Maudie stay with them because she's gregarious and has a great laugh, but she changes her mind once Maudie (who either won't, or can't, cook "regular" foods) throws away her sugary breakfast cereals and makes her eat health foods like wheat germ mush.



* CoolOldLady: Jill's first impression of her great-aunt Great Maudie, who moves in as temporary nanny while Mrs. Sandmeier is on vacation. She's a health-food, natural-living and yoga enthusiast. At first Jill thinks she'll enjoy having Great Maudie stay with them because she's gregarious and has a great laugh, but she changes her mind once Maudie (who either won't, or can't, cook "regular" foods) throws away her sugary breakfast cereals and makes her eat health foods like wheat germ mush.
5th Sep '16 4:02:28 PM GarrulousTiger
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* HipOldLady: Jill's great-aunt Great Maudie, who moves in as temporary nanny while Mrs. Sandmeier is on vacation. She's a health-food, natural-living and yoga enthusiast. At first Jill thinks she'll enjoy having Great Maudie stay with them because she's gregarious and has a great laugh, but she changes her mind once Maudie (who either won't, or can't, cook "regular" foods) throws away her sugary breakfast cereals and forces her to eat health foods like wheat germ mush.

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* HipOldLady: CoolOldLady: Jill's first impression of her great-aunt Great Maudie, who moves in as temporary nanny while Mrs. Sandmeier is on vacation. She's a health-food, natural-living and yoga enthusiast. At first Jill thinks she'll enjoy having Great Maudie stay with them because she's gregarious and has a great laugh, but she changes her mind once Maudie (who either won't, or can't, cook "regular" foods) throws away her sugary breakfast cereals and forces makes her to eat health foods like wheat germ mush.
5th Sep '16 4:00:25 PM GarrulousTiger
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* HipOldLady: Jill's great-aunt Great Maudie, who moves in as temporary nanny while Mrs. Sandmeier is on vacation. She's a health-food, natural-living and yoga enthusiast. At first Jill thinks she'll enjoy having Great Maudie stay with them because she's gregarious and has a great laugh, but she changes her mind once Maudie (who either won't, or can't, cook "regular" foods) throws away her sugary breakfast cereals and forces her to eat health foods like wheat germ mush.
28th Jul '16 8:44:01 PM PaulA
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* PottyEmergency: Two girls caught TP-ing a neighbor's yard are punished by having to rake his huge backyard. Both badly need to pee before they're finished, and both opt to water the man's trees rather than humiliate themselves by begging permission to use his bathroom.
28th Jul '16 8:18:58 PM PaulA
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* DeceptivelySillyTitle: The title sounds silly, but it's actually the mean-spirited nickname given to an overweight girl by her bullying peers. The book is a harshly realistic look at bullying.



%%* KidsAreCruel: And ''how''.

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%%* * KidsAreCruel: And ''how''.Even the main character partakes in the bullying of an overweight loner. When she gets bullied herself, it's no longer a laughing manner. Parents have been known to complain that no one gets punished at the end.
28th Jul '16 7:31:42 PM PaulA
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''Blubber'' is a novel by Creator/JudyBlume, first published in 1974.



''Blubber'' was first published by JudyBlume in 1974 and was banned from many school libraries and reading lists because of violence and language.

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''Blubber'' was first published by JudyBlume in 1974 and was banned from many school libraries and reading lists because of violence and language.
13th May '16 3:24:16 PM GarrulousTiger
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* AdultsAreUseless: The teachers scold the kids occasionally for their antics, but never make a move to stop it. Jill's mother comforts her when the class turns on her, but doesn't step in to actually ''help'' her.

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* AdultsAreUseless: The teachers scold the kids occasionally for their antics, but never make a move to stop it. Jill's mother comforts her when the class turns on her, but doesn't step in to actually ''help'' her. When Jill and Tracy are forced to rake Mr. Machinist's yard as punishment for their prank, Jill's dad defends the girls when Machinist (rightly, at least in Jill's case) calls them "brats," and afterward doesn't disagree when Jill remarks that Machinist really ''did'' deserve the prank, thus ensuring that Jill hasn't learned a thing from this.



** Probably the only adult in the book with any bite at all is the no-nonsense music teacher, Miss Rothbelle, who punishes the entire class for playing a prank on Linda during a choir concert (and even that was only with an after-school detention, which had absolutely no effect).

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** Probably the only adult in the book with any bite at all is the no-nonsense music teacher, Mr. Machinist, and to a somewhat lesser extent Miss Rothbelle, Rothbelle.
** And probably the only adult in the book
who punishes ''isn't'' useless is the entire class for playing nanny, Mrs. Sandmeier, who seems to fill a prank on Linda during a choir concert (and even role similar to Ole Golly in HarrietTheSpy in that was only with an after-school detention, which had absolutely no effect).she does more parenting than both of Jill's parents put together. It's telling that when the tables turn on Jill, the first person she tells about it (in a letter) is Mrs. Sandmeier (although, being on vacation in Switzerland, Mrs. Sandmeier isn't in a position to help).



* BreakTheHaughty: Actually averted, because Jill doesn't really learn anything (or at least not the lesson she SHOULD have learned) from becoming the target of bullying herself.

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* BreakTheHaughty: Actually averted, Averted, because Jill doesn't really learn anything (or at least not the lesson she SHOULD have learned) from becoming the target of bullying herself.
3rd May '16 11:31:41 PM Adept
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* AlphaBitch: Wendy
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Kenny Brenner
* [[BlackBestFriend Chinese Best Friend]]: Tracy Wu
* BerserkButton: Never call Jill's best friend Tracy a racial slur. Ever.

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* AlphaBitch: Wendy
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Wendy is the de facto leader of Jill's class. Almost everyone in the class obeys Wendy, and even teacher would believe her words over everyone else's.
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AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Kenny Brenner
* [[BlackBestFriend Chinese Best Friend]]: Tracy Wu
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%%* BerserkButton: Never call Jill's best friend Tracy a racial slur. Ever.



* TheBully: Wendy

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* TheBully: WendyWendy is the one who started bullying Linda, and, later, had the whole class turn on Jill when the latter defied her.



* DoubleStandard: Touched on regarding overweight males versus overweight females. Jill notes that one of the boys gleefully tormenting Linda is extremely overweight. Even better, he's jumping rope to a mocking chant directed towards the title character. Special attention is called to his undulating rolls of fat in the narration.

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* DoubleStandard: Touched on regarding overweight males versus overweight females. Jill notes that one of the boys gleefully tormenting Linda for her "blubber" is extremely overweight.overweight and is, in fact, fatter than her. Even better, he's jumping rope to a mocking chant directed towards the title character. Special attention is called to his undulating rolls of fat in the narration.



* InformedDeformity: Linda is apparently the fattest girl in the class, but on the cover art she doesn't look any heavier than the rest of the girls.
** Lampshaded in the book. Jill admits that she doesn't know why they all go after Linda to torment, as Linda really isn't all that big.
* KarmaHoudini: Wendy, again.

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* InformedDeformity: Linda is apparently the fattest girl in the class, but on the cover art she doesn't look any heavier than the rest of the girls.
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girls. Lampshaded in the book. Jill admits that she doesn't know why they all go after Linda to torment, as Linda really isn't all that big.
* KarmaHoudini: Wendy, again.Wendy never received any punishments despite being the ring leader of two massive bullying.



* KidsAreCruel: And ''how''.
* LonersAreFreaks: Poor Linda…

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* %%* KidsAreCruel: And ''how''.
* %%* LonersAreFreaks: Poor Linda…



* [[TokenGoodTeammate Token Good Classmate]]: Rochelle, who is quiet and stays out of the class' bullying behavior. She becomes Jill's new friend at the end of the book.

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* [[TokenGoodTeammate Token Good Classmate]]: TokenGoodTeammate: Rochelle, who is quiet and stays out of the class' bullying behavior. She becomes Jill's new friend at the end of the book.



* VillainProtagonist: Jill
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