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Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves & Other Female Villians    by Jane Yolen, Heidi E. Y. Stemple & Rebecca Guay order for
Bad Girls
by Jane Yolen
Order:  USA  Can
Charlesbridge, 2013 (2013)
* *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves & Other Female Villains is a fast and fun look at some of history's most notorious ladies.

Authors Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple take us back in time, starting with that Biblical bad girl, Delilah, and lead up to the golden age of gangsters, ending with Virgina Hill. Each chapter ends with a one-page comic by Rebecca Guay showing Yolen and her daughter Stemple arguing over the guilt or innocence of the girl portrayed.

For short biographies of notorious women, Bad Girls is a fun read, although I am not sure if the comics were necessary. However, Guay's illustrations at the beginning of each chapter really set the scene for the spotlit villainesses. I would have also liked to have seen the book continue through the 20th-century, but all in all, it was an informative yet quick read.

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