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.
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 - 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