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Harriet, the Spy

Fitzhugh, Louise (Book - 1964 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Harriet, the Spy


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Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she's written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together?
Authors: Fitzhugh, Louise
Title: Harriet, the spy
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte,, c1964.
Characteristics: 298 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.
Notes: Also published by Harper in 1990, 1994.
Also published by Yearling Books in 1984.
Audience: 760
Local Note: Accelerated Reader AR 45 10080
Reading Counts RC 62 10110
ISBN: 0385327838
0060219106
0064403319
0064406601
0060219114
0440434475
0440934478
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This book held iconic status in my childhood imagination, but when I re-read it not long ago I discovered how creepy it is. The children in the story seem to be struggling with outsized anxieties, which makes for disturbing reading.

This book held iconic status in my childhood imagination, but when I re-read it recently I realized how creepy it can be. The kids in this book are struggling with outsized anxieties, which makes for disturbing reading.

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  • hgeng63 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of my all-time favorites from childhood. Even better to re-read in adulthood.

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  • THE_BREEZE rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

sooooooooooo boring poorly written and dull . but "Harriet Spys Again" the companion novel is much better

This is a really good book. It is funny and suspenseful.

Report This Oct 29, 2009
  • iRead rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ah, to own a notebook where you write down all your thoughts and observations of the people you know. Delicious! No wonder Harriet appeals to us. If only we all could be so brave.

Report This May 30, 2009
  • alleycat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favourite stories about the trials and tribulations of growing up. Precocious and somewhat eccentric Harriet records all her observations about others in her notebooks, hoping one day to become a real writer. Along the way, she loses the most important person in her life, insults her friends, and emotionally regresses. In the end, Harriet learns a great lesson in empathy. Published in the sixties, this is one of those timeless tales with enduring value. Suitable for both boys and girls in the 9-12 year old range as a read-aloud, read-alone or audiobook. I'd like to make this one mandatory for all (including parents).

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white_crane_6 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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