Harriet the Spy

Harriet the Spy

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by Louise Fitzhugh
     
 

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Harriet, would-be writer and avid observer of life, records everything she sees and hears . . . until her notebooks fall into the wrong hands. A superb portrait of an extraordinary child. —Chicago Tribune. Bursts with life . . . a tour de force. —SLJ.

Notable Childrens Books of 1940–1970 (ALA)
Outstanding Children's Books

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Harriet, would-be writer and avid observer of life, records everything she sees and hears . . . until her notebooks fall into the wrong hands. A superb portrait of an extraordinary child. —Chicago Tribune. Bursts with life . . . a tour de force. —SLJ.

Notable Childrens Books of 1940–1970 (ALA)
Outstanding Children's Books of 1964 (NYT)
Children's Books of 1964 (Library of Congress)
1967 Sequoya Children's Book Award (Oklahoma)

Editorial Reviews

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:
9780736690942
Publisher:
Books on Tape, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2000
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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