Bad Girlsby Nick Sharratt
MANDY WHITE IS a good girl whom the bad girls like to pick on—until a bigger, badder girl makes her her special friend. Tanya is a foster child across the street, and she’s nothing like good little Mandy. She’s fun and she’s tough and she wears really cool clothes. Of course, Mandy’s overprotective mother wants her precious little daughter to have nothing to do with the new neighbor. . . .
- Random House Children's Books
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- 5.20(w) x 7.65(h) x 0.38(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 - 12 Years
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They were going to get me.
I saw them the moment I turned the comer. They were halfway down the street, waiting near the bus stop. Melanie, Sarah and Kim. Kim, the worst one of all.
I didn't know what to do. I took a step forward, my sandal sticking to the sidewalk.
They were nudging each other. They'd spotted me.
I couldn't see that far, even with my glasses, but I knew Kim would have that great big smile on her face.
I stood still. I looked over my shoulder. Perhaps I could run back to school? I'd hung around for ages already. Maybe they'd locked the playground gates? But perhaps one of the teachers would still be there? I could pretend I had a stomachache or something and then maybe I'd get a ride in their car?
"Look at Mandy! She's going to go running back to school. Baby!" Kim yelled.
She seemed to have her own magic glasses that let her see right inside my head. She didn't wear ordinary glasses, of course. Girls like Kim never wear glasses or braces on their teeth. They never get fat. They never have a silly haircut. They never wear stupid baby clothes.
If I ran back they'd only run after me. So I went on walking, even though my legs were wobbly. I was getting near enough to see them clearly. Kim was smiling, all right. They all were.
I tried to think what to do.
Daddy told me to try teasing her back. But you can't tease girls like Kim. There's nothing to tease her about.
Mom said just ignore them and then they'll get tired of teasing.
They hadn't got tired yet.
I was getting nearer and nearer. My sandals were still sticking. I was sticking too. My dress stuck to my back. My forehead was wet under my bangs.
But I tried very hard to look cool. I tried to stare straight past them. Arthur King was waiting at the bus stop. I stared at him instead. He was reading a book. He is always reading books.
I like reading too. It was a shame Arthur King was a boy And a bit weird. Otherwise we might have been friends.
I didn't have any real friends now. I used to have Melanie, but then she got friendly with Sarah. Then Kim decided she'd have them in her gang.
Melanie always said she hated Kim. But now was her best friend. If Kim wants you as a friend then that's it. You don't argue with her. She can be so scary.
She was right in front of me now. I couldn't stare past her anymore. I had to look at her. Her bright black eyes and her glossy hair and her big mouth smiling, showing all her white
I could even see her when I shut my eyes. It was as if she'd stepped through my glasses, straight into my head. Smiling and smiling.
"She's got her eyes shut. Hey, let's bump into her," said Kim.
I opened my eyes up quick.
"She's crazy," said Sarah.
"She's playing one of her pretend games," said Melanie.
They all cracked up laughing.
I couldn't stand it that Melanie had told them all our private games. My eyes started stinging. I blinked hard. I knew I mustn't cry no matter what.
Ignore them, ignore them, ignore them ...
"She's trying to ignore us!" said Kim triumphantly. "Did Momsie-Womsie tell you to ignore us mean nasty girlies, then?"
There was no point trying to ignore her anymore. I couldn't, anyway. She'd stepped straight in front of me. She had Melanie on one side, Sarah on the other. I was surrounded.
I swallowed. Kim went on smiling.
"Where is Mommy, anyway?" she said. "Not like Mommy to let little Mandy sneak home all by herself. We were looking out for her, weren't we, Mel, weren't we, Sarah?"
They always nudged each other and whispered and giggled when my mom went past. They nudged and whispered and giggled even more when Mom and I were together. One terrible time Momtook hold of my hand and they all saw before I could snatch it away. They went on about itfor weeks. Kim made up tales of baby harnesses and strollers and baby bottles. And a pacifier for the pitiful.
They were nudging and whispering and giggling now. I didn't answer Kim. I tried to dodge around her but she dodged too, so she was standing in front of me. Right up close. Bigger than me.
"Hey, I'm talking to you! You deaf or something? Had I better shout?" said Kim. She bent so close her silky black hair brushed my cheek. "Where's Mommy?" she bellowed into my ear.
Meet the Author
Jacqueline Wilson has written over 70 books for young readers of all ages. In England, she has won the Children’s Book of the Year Award for Double Act, The Suitcase Kid, and Girls in Tears.
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This book is so cool and grabs u. Not inapropro, either, picky readers
In Bad Girls, Mandy White is being teased around by Kim, Sarah and her ex-best friend Melanie. Mandy gets teased because she wears the lamest things and has very old parents. When Tanya moves in with Miss Williams things start to look up. She has great hair, fancy high heels, and cool tshirts. The downsider is that she has a criminal record. As Tanya's and Mandy's friendship tightens they have to break apart because Tanya is going back to another foster home because Miss WIlliams is too busy with the babies to handle her. As for Kim and Sarah and Melanie they back off of Mandy. ----not telling the rest. it will ruin the surprise---- I did not enjoy this book all that much.
I think that Bad girls was a really cool yet sad story. Cool because Mandy and Tanya became friends and that they spent a lot of time together and that Mandy told her mom that she was gonna hang out with Tanya wether she liked it or not, because it's true Many was growing up.It's sad because Tanya has to leave and Mandy had just made one the bestest friends in the world and now she was leaving an that really touched my heart.I would really recomend this book because it's great the author must be really plesed with that really great book she wrote. So whenever you have the chance read...BAD GIRLS!!!!
It is a english written book no poor punctuation love it
I decided to read this book because I needed some book to read in class. I found this book in the library by chance. I thought its picture on the title page was funny, so I was interested in it. Before I checked out this book from the library, I read first couple pages of the book. Its story seemed interesting. So I decided to start reading this book, which was a great decision. This book is about a girl, Mandy White. She was burried by bossy girl and her followers in school. She wanted to be a popular girl. One day, she met another girl, Tanya. Tanya was much older than Mandy. She dressed fancy and does whatever she wants. Mandy's mom did not want Mandy to hang out with Tanya, but Mandy ignored her. Mandy liked Tanya so much, and they became best friends. I liked this book because it was easy to understand. This book does not have much hard words, and it has picture on each page. I really liked this story, but I also liked its pictures. I could have imagine in my head what was going on in each chapter. This story is about girls in school, so it is very close to the reality. This story could happened in somewhere. It talks about bullying, stealing, and other important subject. I learned many stuff from this book. I would recommend this book to specially a girl teenager because this story teaches you how should you act in school. I would read this book over and over because it was very interested book. You will not regret for reading it, but you might regret for NOT reading this book.
Very poorly edited and was poorly punctuated