Fudge-a-Mania Discussion Questions

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has taught high school history in several states with a master's degree in teaching.

''Fudge-a-Mania'' is a fun story to read in your elementary or middle school classroom. Use these discussion questions to help students think critically about the plot and characters in this Judy Blume classic.

Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume

Written on a third through sixth grade reading level, Fudge-a-Mania tells the story of a boy named Peter who finds out his fun summer vacation is going to be ruined by the presence of his archenemy, Sheila. It is considered a classic young adult book for students in the 1990s but will still be a fun book for your students to read. The discussion questions in this guide are broken into two sections: character questions and plot questions.

Discussion Questions on Characters

  • From the beginning of the book, we learn that Peter and Sheila do not get along. Did you expect this to change throughout the course of the book? How would you describe the difference in their relationship at the beginning and end of the book?
  • Which of the characters do you connect to most? Why do you think this is?
  • Although Peter detests Sheila, his younger brother, Fudge, is convinced that he will marry her. How do you think this makes Peter feel? Although it is very unlikely that Fudge and Sheila would ever get married because of the age difference, Fudge's dream of marrying Sheila leads to the introduction of an important character. What character is it and which other events does it lead to?
  • What do you think about Peter's relationship with his parents? Would you want to have parents like Peter's? Why or why not?
  • If you were Peter, what would your greatest takeaway from the summer vacation be? Summarize it in one or two sentences.
  • Peter sometimes acts as though he does not like his younger brother, Fudge. What are some ways that we know he truly does care for his brother? For those of you with siblings, do you ever act as though you do not like your sibling even though you actually do?

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