Chapter 5 Summary
Margaret goes to Nancy’s house for the meeting of the secret club. It turns out there are only two other members, both from their class at the new school: Janie Louis and Gretchen Potter.
At the meeting, the four girls eat cookies and chat. Nancy teases Gretchen, who is a bit overweight, for taking too many cookies. Then the conversation turns to Laura Danker, the tall and big-breasted girl from class. Margaret learns that Laura “has a bad reputation.” Her body developed early, and that makes older guys, maybe even Mr. Benedict, show interest. Plus, Laura probably gets her period already.
The subject of periods worries Margaret because she has not started menstruating yet. When the others ask her about...
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