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The Bad Times of Irma Baumlein Paperback – August, 1974
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I read this when I was in 5th grade and loved it! Very humorous story of misfit girl who tells a lie about owning the biggest doll in the world! When her classmates demand to see the doll, Irma finds herself with quite a dilemma. I believe it was originally entitled Irma's Big Lie, so I'm glad I was able to find it! Highly recommended for young girls 8 - 10.
Irma's fears and worries ring true, and she is a likeable character. As Irma struggles to protect her lie, the deception grows, and Brink reveals the repercussions Irma's actions have on other people, not to mention the outlandish lengths Irma goes to to make others believe her story. It does end happily, however, and Irma learns some important truths about friendship and honesty. THE BAD TIMES OF IRMA BAUMLEIN is the original title: IRMA'S BIG LIE was a new title given to the novel when it was published through Scholastic Books as a paperback