Book Review: Iggie’s House – Judy Blume
“GO BACK WHERE YOU BELONG. WE DON’T WANT YOUR KIND AROUND HERE!!”
My love for reading started at a young age. I remember like it was yesterday, coming across this book on a library trip while in elementary school. I was so anxious to start reading it, I couldn’t wait to get home. Now I’m an adult re-reading Iggie’s House and reviewing it on my blog.
Iggie’s House was first published in 1970. The book deals with racism through the eyes of its main character, Winnie Barringer, as she works to befriend a black family who has moved onto her street in a white suburban neighborhood. The book does a wonderful job of displaying both racist and race-based feelings from multiple perspectives. Although it was a different time and we have made progress, the story of Winnie befriending the new family living in her best friend’s house still has some relevance today. The social and economic prejudice on display in the book feels so raw. Something I didn’t realize reading as a child.