Harriet the Spy

Harriet the Spy

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by Louise Fitzhugh
     
 

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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

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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?

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bn.com
Meet Harriet M. Welsch -- one of the most unforgettable, funniest characters in children's literature. Harriet is a girl with only one ambition in life: to be a spy. She works hard at it -- filling her secret notebook with observations about her parents, friends, and neighbors. But when her classmates find her notebook and read her mean comments about them, Harriet finds herself shunned by everyone. How can she put her spying talents to good use and make her friends like her again?
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Harriet is determined to become a famous author. In the meantime, she practices by following a regular spy route each day and writing down everything she sees in her secret notebook. Her life is turned upside down when her classmates find her notebook and read it aloud!. By Louise Fitzhugh. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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A New York Public Library's 100 Great Children's Books 100 Years selection

"This is the book that made me want to be a writer. [Harriet] was the first fictional female character I ever came across who privileged her own truth above the expectations put on her as a little girl."  —Anna Holmes for Bookish.com

“I don’t know of a better novel about the costs and rewards of being a truth teller, nor of any book that made more readers of my generation want to become fiction writers. I love the story of Harriet so much I feel as if I lived it.” —Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom and The Corrections

"Harriet the Spy bursts with life."—School Library Journal

"The characterizations are marvelously shrewd."—The Bulletin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440416791
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
51,213
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Louise Fitzhugh (1928–1974) was born in Memphis, Tennessee. She attended Bard College, studied art in Italy and France, and continued her studies in New York at the Art Students League and at Cooper Union. Her books Harriet the Spy, The Long Secret, and Sport have been acclaimed as milestones of children’s literature. These classics delight readers year after year.

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Harriet the Spy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is one of the most interesting books I have ever read in my entire life! I reccomend it to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this when I was in elementary school. I hated reading then and I was neevr good at it. But my mother made me read a book and I picked this book. Even though it was really thick the cover made me want to crack it open. When I was little this made me want to read more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keeping notes of everyone in her diary, Harriet's notions of her friends become known and they dislike her. She then tries to do good so they'll like her once more. Shows children that great ambitions at the cost of others isn't the way to go.
Nicole Valli More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome!!!!!! I l-o-v-e-d it! Plus if u like it theres a sequel call harriett spies again and then theres another sequel after that called harriett the spy, double agent. I own all three. I luv her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is great because it makes you feel like a spy. It deserves 3 stars. Also you would wish that you were Harriet. It is the perfect children's book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the forst time when i was 8 an have read it sveral times since it is definitely one of my top ten. The auther really makes you see through harriets eyes . A real classic recomend to anyone if yor worried dont be it is a clean well written book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read the hardcover. Best book ever!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an itp patient i really feel this gives me a boost u c sitting in the hospital for hrs on end getting treatment can wear me out but this is the best ever(aside of dr bussel) i LOVE IT
Anonymous 5 months ago
This book has good charecters who are intresting and unique. The writer has amazing detail and when i finnished reading it i felt like i could come to the understand friendship and growing up.
DebbyNY 9 months ago
This book my mother got me when I was approx 10. I LOVED it... I copied Harriet.. read all the time.. carried a notebook.. and spied on my neighbors... lol I am in my 50's now.. and have re-purchased it so my kids and theirs can have it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harriet loves to observe. She writes down everything she sees in her notebook. Sometimes her spying is more important than her friends. When Harriet is losing her friends, losing her beloved nanny, and losing her notebook all at the same time, her world turns upside down. Will Harriet ever become the spy that she is in her dreams?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
100%
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I use to like this but now I hate it. Don't know why but I hate this just don't tjink think this is cool.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spies sometimes stalk people... trust me....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wowie this book was really great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This before kid would be sneaking around with a phone video and recording here she had to write and read favorite next to the barcularbunny the veggie juice sucker. Granny B
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book:) If you love this book then try Harriet Spys Again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why do you call her a stalker. Is it because she watches what people do all of the time. I am asking you this #1because you called Harriet a stalker and#2 because I have not read the book yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a good book exept Harriet is a stalker
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who doesn't love Harriet the Spy?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She rote in her blog alot she rote about other people enstead of herself
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love this book! My kids always want me to keep reading. We love Harriet the spy!
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