Mick Harte Was Here

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This is Phoebe's brilliantly told story about her younger brother and best friend, Mick, who dies in a bicycle accident. her struggle to accept his death and deal with her own grief is told in the touching, witty narrative of a 13-year-old girl taht will evoke both laughter and tears and will long be remembered.

Thirteen-year-old Phoebe recalls her younger brother Mick and his death in a bicycle accident.

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Overview

This is Phoebe's brilliantly told story about her younger brother and best friend, Mick, who dies in a bicycle accident. her struggle to accept his death and deal with her own grief is told in the touching, witty narrative of a 13-year-old girl taht will evoke both laughter and tears and will long be remembered.

Thirteen-year-old Phoebe recalls her younger brother Mick and his death in a bicycle accident.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"I don't want to make you cry. I just want to tell you about Mick. But I thought you should know right up front that he's not here anymore. I just thought that would be fair." Phoebe, the eighth-grade narrator of Park's (Buddies; Don't Make Me Smile) heart-wrenching novel, weaves together diverting anecdotes about her endearingly eccentric brother with her reactions, and those of her parents, to his death in a bicycle accident at the age of 12. The genius of this novel is Park's ability to make the events excruciatingly real while entirely avoiding the mawkish; likable Phoebe's frank, at times even funny narration will leave readers feeling as though they've known the girl-and Mick-for a very long time. Park's ability to convey so affectingly both the individual and collective pain of this family's members is remarkable. She focuses on small moments-the father closing the door to Mick's room upon returning from the hospital; the mother covering her ears because she cannot bear Phoebe's talk about her brother. But the novel has another crucial dimension in that it stresses the importance of wearing bike helmets. Midway through the story, in response to Phoebe's misplaced sense of guilt, Phoebe's father introduces the subject: "He heaved a God-awful sigh and whispered, `If only I had made him wear his helmet.'" The message is skillfully reprised toward the conclusion, in a powerful scene in which Phoebe overcomes her own pain and anger to participate in a school assembly on bicycle safety. An author's note at the end reinforces the message. To Park's great credit, the lesson never dominates-the story reads not as a cautionary tale, but as a full-fledged and fully convincing drama. Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Parks has written a sensitive story that is told by Mick's sister Phoebe. We learn about Mick, 12, from Phoebe's funny reminiscences. Mick was the kid who put a ceramic eye in a defrosted chicken; who dressed as Thomas Crapper, the inventor of the flush toilet, one Halloween. When he did a wild solo dance at school, he said it was because "the music got in is pants." If only Mick had worn his bicycle helmet, he might be alive now. This is a story with a message but it is Parks' humor and sensitivity that make the story so touching.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8Thirteen-year-old Phoebe endures the wrenching shock of her brother's death due to a bike accident and then must cope with the slow, painful process of dealing with her grief and that of her parents. Told in an intimate first person narrative, this novel by Barbara Park (Knopf, 1995), although somber in theme, is not without humor and appealing details of everyday life in the '90's. "Mick was a surprise," Phoebe tells us. "He loved it, too. Being a surprise, I mean. He was always teasing my parents about it. Telling them that even before he existed, he could outsmart two chemistry majors with birth control pills." It is through memories like these, and by firmly insisting that they be mentioned frequently by family and friends, that Phoebe is able to grow beyond the pain of loss. The fresh-voiced narration of Dana Lubotsky, which is both clear and sounds genuinely like that of a young teenager, puts this short, intense novel across in virtuoso style. Shedding light on the world of emotions with honesty, this will make a thought-provoking addition to libraries as well as preparing its listeners for the losses we all must bear.Carol Katz, Harrison Public Library, NY
School Library Journal
Thirteen-year-old Phoebe works through raw grief and depression after her younger brother, Mick, is killed in a bicycle accident. A loving family, a sense of humor, and memories of mischievous Mick give Phoebe the strength she needs to speak about her brother at a school assembly. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Ilene Cooper
Park turns her wry eye on a serious subject, the death of a sibling. With love, wit, and anger, 13-year-old Phoebe Harte describes her brother, Mick, and the effect his death has on the family. It is a bike accident that kills Mick, and Park does an excellent job of capturing the shock and dissociation that a sudden death can cause in survivors. There's so much here that rings true: what friends can and cannot do, the inevitable rantings against God, and the seesaw emotions experienced by the whole family. Where Park goes a bit over the top is in her description of Mick, a real wiseacre, who puts a ceramic eye in a defrosted chicken and goes trick-or-treating as Thomas Crapper, inventor of the toilet. Not that this isn't funny stuff, but Park's inflation of Mick oddly diminishes him. Still, there is a sea of real emotions here, and readers, whether they've been touched by death or not, will find themselves touched by this book. Park's author's-note plea for kids to wear bike helmets such a helmet could have saved Mick may now fall on responsive ears.
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"A full-fledged and fully convincing drama" (Publishers Weekly).  
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780766945
  • Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Pages: 89
  • Sales rank: 818,645
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Park

BARBARA PARK is best known as the author of the wildly popular New York Times bestselling Junie B. Jones series, which has kept kids (and their grown-ups) laughing—and reading—for over two decades. Beloved by millions, the Junie B. Jones books have been translated into multiple languages and are a time-honored staple in elementary school classrooms around the world. Every bit as funny as her best-known character, Barbara once said, “There are those who believe that the value of a children’s book can be measured only in terms of the moral lessons it tries to impose or the perfect role models it offers. Personally, I happen to think that a book is of extraordinary value if it gives the reader nothing more than a smile or two. In fact, I happen to think that’s huge.”

Barbara Park is also the author of award-winning middle grade novels and bestselling picture books, including Skinnybones, Mick Harte Was Here, and The Kid in the Red Jacket.

Barbara Park was born in New Jersey in 1947 and spent most of her adult life in Arizona, where she and her husband, Richard, raised two sons. Barbara died in 2013, but her legacy lives on in the laughter her books give to readers all over the world.

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    1. Hometown:
      Scottsdale, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Mt. Holly, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Alabama, 1969
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2007

    Highly Recomened By Me

    This book i've read 2 times i just love it i'd highly recommend it.I found it a lesson even if somthing goes wrong in your life you should keep on moving and don't egnor it but don't beat your self up for it either.This book is told by a young girl that her brother died in a bycyicle accedent and how her Aunt i beleive, came and set everything straight i guess even though i'm 11 i'm gonna try to buy it and keep it forever so if you haven't read the book you should!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2006

    why i read this book

    this book was a wonderful book and also a book that people could learn a lesson from, especially children. This is a very heart-warming story, i read this book in school with my class, and i have a lot to say about it, but there are way to many wonderful things that i could share, some of them are, it teachs children a very good lesson, it deffinetly taught me to ware a helment.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 1999

    Mick Harte Was Here

    My daughter who is 10 and I both received alot of blessings from this book...We both enjoyed it through our laughter and tears...Anyone who has ever lost someone they love can relate to the many unanswered questions we all have...It helped us get through some of our own pain...A true blessing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Oh.....

    I never read it. I thing i wwill cry. A person dies. :(

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    I love this book

    Best book ever! MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Great

    Omg i cried! I cried so hard! It was beautiful and amazing. I ended up getting this book as an assaignment and then read it 32 times again. Hah great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Om gosh

    This is the best book in the whole world i balled and balled!!!! I read this at school not on the nook but it is really good it is so worth the money!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Mick Harret was here.

    Good book ,so far but i,m not finised yet.This book so fsr is paked with drama,humor,and i say FIVE STARS ,so far!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Amazing

    The most thrilling book of the year

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Anonymous

    I am 11 and this book is the best! You will not put the book down its so good. But its a really short book. Just trust me you will cry. Its about a young kid who died and his brother feels really bad about it. Thats all i can say. You will have to read the book to know what happens next.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    AWESOME BOOK

    I really love this book! I read it with my friends and it was so good. I recomend this book and you have to buy it!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

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    Sad but awesome

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Great book!

    this book made me cry every page! it was a touching story about a girl whos brother would still be alive if he had only worn his bike helmet. this made me want to wear my helmet even if i am an expert rider. this book is amazing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2000

    A must read for children

    A touching story with an important message. Mick Hart's tragic death becomes even more poignant when the reader begins to understand how avoidable it was. Motorcyclist in many states are required to wear helmets by law while allowing our children to ride bicycles with no protection. Mick Hart drives home a pointed message that is too often ignored by children and adults.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 1999

    Mick Harte Was Here

    I am 10 and I found this book hard to but down. When I retuned it to the libray I had to get it again. It is a great book by a great arthor. I had to read it over and over.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    ?.. ?..

    I read this in the 3rd grade. Great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Book Review

    This book is a great book to use a novel study.Ihope this will get you to watch it!!!!! I would recommend this to a 3rd-6th grade student!! -From
    Brianna E.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    Love this book

    Sad and emotional book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Good book

    This is a good so good bok i thib
    Nk so

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Hunger games

    It was one of the best books i have ever read

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