#MGTakesOnThursday / Bad Girls

bad-girlsBook: Bad Girls (1996)
Author: Cynthia Voigt
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: MG, Contemporary

Rating: 5 stars

This book in three words…

School, Friendship, Secrets

Favourite Sentence from Page 11…

“[Mikey] gave Margalo another look at her smile. See if Margalo scared off easy.”

(Yes, technically, I chose another two sentences, but the second one is a fragment and really belongs in the first sentence! I love how these girls are trying so hard to be “bad girls”.)

My thoughts on this book…

Mikey and Margalo… Are they friends yet?

I think one of my favourite threads in this story has to do with the teacher. She and Mikey go head to head over her (Mikey’s) name. Mrs. Chemsky will NOT use a nickname, but Mikey hates that her real name is Michelle. Of course, this whole name thing becomes very important later on.

And the whole “bad girl” thing? The girls aren’t necessarily bad in the true sense of the word. They see inconsistencies in the others around them. Like Rhonda. I think another favourite part has to do with the annoying Louis Caselli and how he gets kicked out the class, only for the girls to launch into a get-Louis-back campaign.

In many ways, this is not your typical middle-grade novel. It’s not light and fluffy. That’s not Voigt’s style of writing.


This post is part of a challenge to celebrate middle-grade books. For more information, go to: https://bookcraic.blog/2020/05/14/mgtakesonthursday-5/

How to take part…

  • Post a picture of the front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others with details of the author, illustrator and publisher.
  • Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence.
  • Write three words to describe the book.
  • Either share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.

5 thoughts on “#MGTakesOnThursday / Bad Girls

  1. This sounds like an interesting book! I can’t really understand why teachers won’t call kids what they want to be called, to be honest, but it sounds like an interesting plot line. Thanks for the great post!

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