Bad, Badder, Baddest by Cynthia Voigt
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In this sequel to Bad Girls, Cynthia Voigt once again explores the uncharted territory of 5th grade girls who don't want to be good. This time, Mikey and Margalo devise a plan to reconcile Mikey's divorcing parents--until a really bad girl, Gianette, gets in the way.
 

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Cynthia Voigt was born on February 25, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts. She received a bachelor's degree from Smith College, did graduate work at St. Michael's College, and later received a teacher's certification from Christian Brothers College. After college, she worked for an advertising agency. Before becoming a full-time author, she was a secretary and a high school English teacher. Her first book, Homecoming, was published in 1981. Her children's books address such issues at child abuse and racism, topics that are not often talked about in books designed for children. She is the author of numerous books including the Bad Girls series, the Tillerman Cycle series, and the Kingdom series. She won the Notable Children's Trade Book in the field of social studies for Homecoming, the Newbery Medal, ALA in 1983 for Dicey's Song, and the Edgar Allan Poe Award in 1984 for The Callender Papers. In 1995, she received the MAE Award.
 
Published October 1, 1997 by Scholastic. 176 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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.” The plot meanders somewhat from scheme to scheme—one plan involves getting Mikey on the tennis team by petitioning to allow seventh-graders on the basketball team—but what drives the story is the growing tension between the two best friends as Margalo quietly courts popularity while trying to ...

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Fresh from their debut (Bad Girls, 1996), sixth-graders Mikey and Margalo cement their gloriously improbable friendship in a painful--sometimes side-splitting--effort to save Mikey's parents' marriage.

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Fresh from their debut (Bad Girls, 1996), sixth-graders Mikey and Margalo cement their gloriously improbable friendship in a painful—sometimes side-splitting—effort to save Mikey's parents' marriage.

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Voigt, who commendably refuses to repeat herself, veers away from the classroom-only setting of Bad Girls in this less successful sequel. This time she concentrates on domestic dramas, chiefly the bre

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In Bad Girls in Love, the latest entry in her Bad Girls series, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt revisits the world of junior high, here exploring the experience of falling in love for the first time.

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In this latest entry of the Bad Girls series, Voigt revisits the world of junior high, here exploring the experience of falling in love for the first time.

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If Thelma and Louise had met in fifth grade they might have taken lessons in bravado from Mikey and Margalo, the heroines of this tart, subversive and wholly entertaining comedy.

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In a starred review, PW called this comedy about two troublemaking fifth graders who question authority ""tart, subversive and wholly entertaining."" Ages 10-up.

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In the third novel about Mikey and Margalo, heroines of Bad Girls and Bad, Badder, Baddest, Newbery Medalist Voigt demonstrates that, indeed, it's not easy being bad: Mikey and Margalo, now in junior high, are working overtime at their schemes and plots and machinations.

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""Rarely are heroines so charismatic"" as Mikey and Margalo, said PW of this sequel to Bad Girls.

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This time she concentrates on domestic dramas, chiefly the breakup of Mikey's parents' marriage and heroines Mikey and Margalo's carefully laid schemes to keep Mikey's family together.

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