Bad, Badder, Baddest

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In this sequel to "Bad Girls, " feisty, wise-cracking sixth-grade girls Mikey and Margalo are back--with a vengeance! A new girl comes to town who's so bad, she makes Mikey and Margalo look good.

When fifth graders Mikey and Margalo devise a plan to prevent Mikey's parents from getting a divorce, the two friends find their scheme foiled by a new girl at school.

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Overview

In this sequel to "Bad Girls, " feisty, wise-cracking sixth-grade girls Mikey and Margalo are back--with a vengeance! A new girl comes to town who's so bad, she makes Mikey and Margalo look good.

When fifth graders Mikey and Margalo devise a plan to prevent Mikey's parents from getting a divorce, the two friends find their scheme foiled by a new girl at school.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Rarely are heroines so charismatic" as Mikey and Margalo, said PW of this sequel to Bad Girls. "Voigt fortifies readers by respecting their abilities to recognize emotional truths." Ages 9-12. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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 breakup of Mikey's parents' marriage and heroines Mikey and Margalo's carefully laid schemes to keep Mikey's family together. In moving from tough-edged comedy to more tender concerns, Voigt occasionally stumbles. The novel is at first too talky, almost brittle; sixth-graders Mikey and Margalo are less convincing than before in their combination of cunning and youthful ingenuousness; at least one character, Mikey's mother, skates dangerously close to stereotype, while another, a truly no-good "bad girl," is similarly hard to believe in; and, highly unusual for this author, clunky symbolism mars the denouement. But even so, the novel is rounder and far more absorbing than most middle-grade fare. Margalo's and Mikey's intelligence glittersrarely are heroines so charismaticand their special genius is cannily presented in such a way as to encourage the reader to grapple with its subtleties. Mikey's reactions to the impending divorce will be familiar to many, as will her methods for changing her parents' minds (i.e., acting preternaturally good; running away from home). What's unusual is the uncompromising honesty with which these developments unfold. Voigt softens almost nothing; instead, she fortifies readers by respecting their abilities to recognize emotional truths. Ages 9-12. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Mikey and Margalo, who forged an aggressive friendship in Bad Girls, are back. They're still fairly low on the in-crowd totem pole, still on the outs with their sixth grade teachers, but now they've got a new problem. Mikey's parents are getting divorced. How to change this disastrous state of affairs is the crux of the story. When arranging for Mikey to be perfect doesn't work, the girls try a last ditch effort: running away from home. The act itself, and its results, are worth reading about-as are Voight's two feisty characters who, bottom line, only want a little attention from their families.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6--Mikey and Margalo are back and as clever and mischievous as they were in Bad Girls (Scholastic, 1996). This time, the focus of their escapades has shifted from school to Mikey's family and taken a serious turn as the girl struggles with her parents' impending divorce. Margalo, having lived through two divorces, and now comfortably ensconced in a happily blended family, offers sage advice, but joins Mikey as she schemes to keep her unhappy parents together. Classmates from the previous story are back, though with minor roles, and a new character, Gianette the "baddest," is introduced. She is a Creole orphan from New Orleans sent to live with her "grandmother." She captivates everyone with her knowledge of witchcraft, tarot, and the like, and plays a pivotal part in the plot, but is not given as much depth as one might wish for in a character this tantalizing. However, she does enlighten Mikey about the harsher side of life and adds flavor to the story. The book has likable characters, interesting adults, and honest situations. Margalo's mother and stepfather offer a foil as good and loving parents to their brood, as Mikey's family disintegrates. A rebelliously entertaining tale.--Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439080965
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Series: Bad Girls Series
  • Pages: 266
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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  • Posted February 15, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    its ok

    the book under is better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2004

    Deema Nehlawi

    WOW!! hahahaha okay this is kinda gay but im doing it anyway just to annoy u all *ppl who luv reading that they forget about thier real life* Example: Zozo Zmaili...haha jk!! don't take this serious zozo...u knw how i joke around with ya!! hahaha lol!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2003

    Better Than the First One

    This is a story about two girls named Mikey, and Margalo, who made their mark as bad girls in the first book. When Mikey finds out her parents want to get a divorce, she has other plans. When the 'good girl' routine doesn't work as planned, they decide on something much more drastic, running away. Now they must deal with a snobby girl who is even worse than them, and get away with it, before it's too late.

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