Helen thinks this year might be better than most. There are some neat people in her grade: her friend Louise, Leon, Jack Hanson , even Elsie Edwards.
But Helen's teacher turns out to be Mrs. Lobb. Lobb the Blob makes things so hard for Helen that she decides to live up to her nickname -- "Bad Helen" -- and do all the things she's always wanted to do.
Being bad is fun, till Helen finds out she might have to stay back a year. That's the last thing she wants to do. But what will it take to get herself out of trouble when she's been in it for so long?