MONROE — Earlier this week, the streets of downtown Monroe welcomed a filming crew, actresses and actors of a feature film.

On Monday, Franklin Street was transformed into the set of “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.” The film is based on a book with the same title by best-selling author Judy Blume. According to Internet Movie Database (, the film stars Rachel McAdams as Barbara Simon, Kathy Bates as Sylvia and Benny Safdie as Herb. It is directed by Kelly Fremon Craig who directed “The Edge of Seventeen” (2016).

The film is a drama and coming-of-age story about 11 year old Margaret moving to the suburbs with her family. She learns about friendship and conflict.

Blume is a children’s author best known for “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” (1972), “Blubber” (1974) and “Fudge-a-Mania” (1990). She has authored 25 novels since 1969. Her work includes books that teach young adults about their bodies and how to love them. She has received criticism in the past for her young adult books, because they discuss controversial topics like teens discovering their sexuality.

Her website states that her books have sold more than 90 million copies in 32 languages.