Full House: Getting Even with the Flamingoes by Diane Umansky
There’s a new girl in Stephanie’s class. Wendy’s really nice, but she’s well . . .a little geeky. Stephanie does her best to help Wendy fit in. She even takes her to the mall and helps her buy cool clothes and the right CD’s. But the Flamingoes, who think they’re the coolest kids in school, start playing nasty tricks on Wendy. Their teasing goes too far, and Stephanie gets mad. Then she decides to get even!
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