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This summer author Judy Blume had a question, so she put it out into the universe via Twitter. The writer, who’s best know for her young adult fiction, asked her followers which of her many novels should be adapted for the screen.

Blume, who has famously refused to allow adaptations of any of her work, has approved screen rights for one of her books, the 1970 novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

She didn’t elaborate on the change of heart, simply saying, “I think the time has come.”

Fair enough!

The Edge of Seventeen writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig and producer James L. Brooks of Gracie Films have acquired the rights, with a movie in mind, reports Deadline.

The YA novel follows Margaret Simon, a sixth grader who moves from New York City to Farbrook, New Jersey. Her mother is a lax Christian and father’s Jewish, leaving Margaret to pray to a God she hopes is watching over her. She asks questions that a lot of adolescent girls ponder like about body changes and growing up.

Fremon Craig released a statement about the power of this book, saying, “It is this right of passage for women and girls. It’s rare for me to run into a woman or girl who hasn’t read it and every time I’ve mentioned it to a woman, they clutch their heart and let out this joyful gasp.”

The book may have been written in 1970, close to 50 years ago, but Fremon Craig believes its messages are just as relevant today:

“There’s something so timely and full of truth and I remember for me at that age, it felt like a life raft at a time when you’re lost and searching and unsure. This book comes along and tells you you’re not alone. Women remember where they were when they read it. I can’t think of another book you can say that about.”

The filmmaker recapped a note she received from Blume: “I got the greatest email from Judy where she said if someone were to make a film of one of her books, she hoped it would have the same tone and feeling that The Edge of Seventeen had. It’s maybe the greatest compliment I’ve ever gotten, because she has always been a North star for me as a writer.”

Fremon Craig will be writing the screenplay, and a start date won’t be announced until the script is completed.

Which actress do you picture playing Margaret?

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Filed Under: Book Form, Judy Blume
By Brigid Brown