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Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great

Narrated by: Judy Blume
Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (227 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sheila Tubman sometimes wonders who she really is: the outgoing, witty, and capable Sheila the Great, or the secret Sheila, who's afraid of the dark, spiders, swimming, and dogs?

When her family spends the summer in Tarrytown, Sheila has to face some of her worst fears. Not only does a dog come with the rented house, but her parents expect Sheila to take swimming lessons! Sheila does her best to pretend she's an expert at everything, but she knows she isn't fooling her new best friend, Mouse Ellis, who happens to be a crackerjack swimmer and a dog lover.

What will it take for Sheila to admit to the Tarrytown kids and to herself that she's only human?

©1972 Judy Blume (P)2000 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Author Judy Blume reads this lively recording of her novel...and her voice perfectly personifies Sheila's scrappiness and bravado." ( School Library Journal)
"Every bit of the warmth, humor and insightfulness of [Blume's] writing comes across in her reading. Blume's fans read her books over and over; they'll listen to this audiobook again and again." ( Audiofile)

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Not my fave Judy Blume book

The protagonist, Sheila, was a tedious character. She lied, whined & complained for over 2 hours. Not super likable. I'm sure my kids enjoyed it better than I did!

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My kids listening to one of my childhood reads

I think Judy Bloom is not the best narrator, but I found it tolerable. From the sample, I was worried. This book lacks what is in my opinion, a proper ending. It's essentially a character study of an anxious city girl who goes to live in a more suburban area and must confront her fears and try to overcome her anxieties. It definitely held my attention as well as my 6 and 9 year olds' attention.

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I love this book 📖 ❤️

I loved it just loved it. I rate it five stars because of a great performance and work I recommend it to all my friends who are in to good books Keep doing great 🤩😜👍🏼

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Really funny and good

Libby is in love with boys and it was funny a life guard in love with libby

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Meyuma

This book is fun for girls.
My daughter who doen not like reading loves it.

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Mouse Ellis

Who would have thought shiela could’t swim. I like ooch to. And mouse Ellis cheese

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Greatest book ever

I love this book it's so great and I really love the chapter where Sheila has to take swim lessons😃😃😃😃😸😸😸😸💖

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I love this book 👍😻

It was very fun because shelila goes from mean to nice and I love mouse 🐭 so much 🌈from😈to😍

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Six year old loved it

Only draw back was she didn't like that she pretended to have hives around dogs. Everything else was considered "awesome".

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Fantastic!

I loved the narrator and the story! I thought Sheila was amazing to! Overall the book was great for me and anyone else!