Author and producer Judy Blume attends "Tiger Eyes" New York Premiere at AMC Empire on June 7, 2013 in New York City.
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December 15, 2014 12:14 PM EST

Iconic children’s book author Judy Blume revealed details of her first adult novel since 1998 to People in an exclusive interview.

In the Unlikely Event, due out in June next year, takes place in Elizabeth, New Jersey — where Blume grew up — during a series of non-fictional plane crashes that took place between 1951 and 1952.

“These events have lingered in my mind ever since,” Blume said in a statement. “It was a crazy time. We were witnessing things that were incomprehensible to us as teenagers.”

Blume, who wrote classics including Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret and Blubber, last wrote the adult novel Summer Sisters 16 years ago.

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