It's Not Easy Being Bad

It's Not Easy Being Bad

For Ages: 9 - 12
NOW THAT THEY'RE IN SEVENTH GRADE, Mikey and Margalo decide it's time to be popular -- or at least, time to be less unpopular. The trouble is, typical, normal kids are what work in junior high, and if there's one thing Mikey and Margalo aren't, it's typical and normal.
Mikey's first attempt to crack seventh grade society ends, predictably, in disaster, but, undaunted, the friends persevere. They've got the will, they've got the smarts, and most importantly, they've got each other. What chance does junior high have against the Bad Girls?
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  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780689851155 | 
  • August 2002 | 
  • Grades 4 - 7
List Price $13.99

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Chapter 1: Miss Very Unpopular and Miss Almost As

"What's so bad about me?" Mikey Elsinger demanded.

Two weeks after the start of seventh grade, she and Margalo Epps were wandering around outside West Junior High School, with maybe five minutes, maybe seven -- or maybe only four minutes left until the bell rang to summon them to homeroom and the start of another day's uneasy boredom.

Margalo reminded her, "You don't want to be friends with any of these people."

Mikey just repeated her question. "Do you know what it is about me?"

Margalo did have a few ideas on the subject. They'd been best friends since... see more


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About the Author

Cynthia Voigt
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Cynthia Voigt

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.




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