Bad Girls


Bad Girls is a young-adult novel by Cynthia Voigt, first published in 1997. It follows two fifth-graders, Michelle "Mikey" Elsinger and Margalo Epps, exploring issues of friendship, courage, and ethics using the lens of these two girls who are ambitious, combative, intelligent, and independent in ways that break from the norm. Voigt uses the concept of "bad"-ness here in somewhat the way Nietzsche deals with good and evil in his Beyond Good and Evil, debunking some of our socially constructed values (in this case, surrounding gender) rather than merely embracing the dark side. The novel has been translated into Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, and Spanish.
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original title: Bad Girls
language: English
date of publication: 1996
genre: young adult literature, children's novel


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