Bad Girls, Bad Girls, Whatcha Gonna Do? by Cynthia Voigt

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It’s not easy being Mikey Elsinger and Margalo Epps in ninth grade. It seems like things are changing. Now some people want to sit at the same lunch table with them, and some even ask them for advice. What are the two friends to make of this strange behavior?

Frankly all the attention cuts into the little time they have together and distracts attention from their own interests, like tennis and drama, and their own problems, like cheating in tennis and things not going the way Margalo plans they will in drama. In the opinion of these two bad girls, ninth grade can’t end fast enough! But no matter how bad things get, one thing’s for sure: They’ll have each other.

The final book in the acclaimed Bad Girls series, Bad Girls, Bad Girls, Whatcha Gonna Do? is another funny, insightful, and realistic novel from Newbery Medal winner Cynthia Voigt.
 

About Cynthia Voigt

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Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal for Dicey’s Song, the Newbery Honor Award for A Solitary Blue, and the National Book Award Honor for Homecoming, all part of the beloved Tillerman cycle. She is also the author of many other celebrated books for middle-grade and teen readers, including Izzy, Willy-Nilly and Jackaroo. She was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1995 for her work in literature, and the Katahdin Award in 2004. She lives in Maine.
 
Published March 12, 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 448 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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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As always, the clinical observations of junior-high culture are spot on: “The way rumors grew and spread in junior high, it was like they practiced several different forms of propagation all at the same time .

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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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Both are bright, tough, acerbic, and fond of stirring things up, but their differences really spark the relationship: Mike), is public and aggressive, willing to punch the class bully in the nose or dye her hair green, while Margalo prefers to start damaging rumors or slip a dead squirrel into a ...

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Mikey and Margalo, the redoubtable Bad Girls, are back for ninth grade and a new set of conflicts with both peers and authority figures.

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Mikey and Margalo, the redoubtable Bad Girls, are back for ninth grade and a new set of conflicts with both peers and authority figures.

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