Sharing a common goal to be the meanest kids in their class, Margalo and Mikey conspire to turn their fifth-grade class into a minefield and fearlessly confront anyone who would stand in their way. Reprint. PW. NYT. C. H. "
Bad Girls is the story of two fifth-graders, Mickey Elsinger and Margalo Epps, whose friendship is portrayed through acts of loyalty, betrayal, mischief, and kindness that probe the sweetness and vindictiveness of girls that age. Much of the story pivots on the ethics displayed when Margalo places a squished squirrel in the lunch sack of Rhonda Ransom, who had viciously derailed Mickey's chance to be elected class president, and when Mickey and Margalo stand together in front of the principal when confronted with the act.