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life size doll

I'm trying to find the title of a book about a girl who told everyone she had a life size doll that looked just like herShe didn't really have one and had to prove she did so she managed to steal a store mannequinThe one detail about the girl I remember is she had red hair.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: life size doll

"Bad Times of Irma Baumlein by Carolyn Ryrie Banks

"Irma Baumlein is a middle-school age girl who feels very out of place. She and her father have moved to the little town of Tinkersville so her father can manage her great-uncle's department store while her mother, an artist, has stayed behind in New York to finish a mural she agreed to paint. Lonely in her new home, a gloomy Victorian mansion, and filled with fears that her mother will return from New York with a face-lift, Irma struggles to find her place. When she goes home with a classmate and sees the girl's brothers and pets and is asked, 'What do you have?' Irma claims she has the biggest doll in the world, with eyes that are 'cerulean blue and hair the color of ripe oranges'. The situation really gets hot when Irma finds herself in the position(through the classmate's innocently mentioning the doll in class)of agreeing to exhibit her doll at the school's open house!  Now completely addled, Irma's schemes to produce said doll result in her swiping a mannequin from a window display in her great-uncle's store! In too deep to go back, Irma has to smuggle the mannequin into the mansion(and out again for the open house)without any of the adults knowing, as well as suffering from a guilty conscience when she learns the hapless window dresser changing the display she filched the dummy from will be fired. What's a girl to do?    A funny, poignant, original story, THE BAD TIMES OF IRMA BAUMLEIN has stuck with me, even over 20 years after first reading it. Poor Erma, in a moment of weakness, tells a lie that completely turns around on her. As a result, she has to tell more lies, steal, and nearly gets a poor window dresser with a family to support fired. Along with her debaucle, she fends off loneliness, worries that her parents might be breaking up, and dispairs about fitting in. Yet she trudges forward, doing her best to right a situation on her own without the help of adults. What we have is a portrait of a likable girl, intelligent, determined, doing her best despite difficult circumstances and unfamiliar surroundings. Readers will chuckle at Erma's predicament, while taking away a lesson on the consequences of lying"