The Barnes & Noble Review
Grab your tool belt and hang on for this latest adventure with Harriet the spy! Everyone's favorite plucky heroine is back, with notebook in hand, and more mysteries to solve.
Mr. And Mrs. Welsch spring the news that they are going to Paris for three months -- without Harriet! But that's OK with Harriet once she learns who's going to be staying with her while her parents are away -- Ole Golly! Only, Ole Golly is back in New York without her new husband. Mrs. Welsch has warned Harriet not to even mention George Waldenstein's name around Ole Golly. But why?
That's only the beginning of the mysteries that surround Harriet in this fun novel.
She is busy filling her notebook pages with possible reasons for Ole Golly's sullen state, ways to clear up a murder mystery, as well as keeping notes on the mysterious person who is sneaking snacks out of her neighbor's refrigerator. All the while she has to help her best friend, Sport, keep his chin up about starting at a new school, and teach him how to talk to the new girl in his life.
Harriet fans won't be disappointed. They'll love being back in Harriet's world, as she continues to take note of the little details in everyone's lives. (Joy Bean)
Eleven-year-old Harriet M. Welsch is on the case in Harriet Spies Again by Helen Ericson, read by Anne Bobby. With permission from author Louise Fitzhugh's estate, Ericson continues the adventures of the young Manhattanite with a penchant for writing down all her observations (and theories behind them) in a spy notebook. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Who is Harriet spying on now? Helen Ericson picks up where Louise Fitzhugh left off. Harriet Spies Again is a delightful book about an inquisitive twelve-year old. Harriet loves to spy whether it's on her neighbors or her nurse Ms. Olly Golly. Previously, Olly Golly had left Harriet to get married and live in Canada. Olly Golly comes back in this new adventure to take care of Harriet while her parents are in Paris on a business trip. Harriet is thrilled when she hears that Olly Golly is coming back. However, when she comes back, instead of acting like the old Olly Golly Harriet knew, she is acting sad and dejected. She didn't bring her husband with her and Harriet senses that something is wrong. She also overhears Olly Golly talking on the phone and senses that there is a big secret no one is telling her. She decides she needs to get to the bottom of Olly Golly's problem. She takes it upon herself to follow Olly Golly to discover her secret. This book is comical and provides insight into the mind of a twelve-year old. It is a delight to read and will have the reader laughing out loud. 2003, Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, Ages 10 to 12.
Gr 4-7-Ericson has written a worthy companion to Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy (Harper & Row, 1964; o.p.; Delacorte, 2000). The irrepressible heroine and many of her cronies return in a story that's rich in mystery, wry humor, wonderful wordplay, and an ending that suggests more to come. The action begins the summer before seventh grade when Harriet's parents announce that they're going to Paris for a few months and that her former nurse, Ole Golly, will return from Montreal to take care of her. But Ole Golly's presence gives Harriet less comfort than she expected because the woman is remote and sad, owing somehow, Harriet is sure, to her disastrous marriage to Mr. Waldenstein, which the girl is forbidden to mention. Also, Ole Golly's activities are cause for considerable speculation. Why does she make regular visits to the doctors across the street, carrying a small bag with her each time? When she finally figures out the truth-that Ole Golly is pregnant-Harriet tracks down Mr. Waldenstein and sets up a dramatic reunion that makes for a happy ending. A parallel plot introduces a quirky new character, Rosarita Sauvage aka Yolanda Montezuma aka Zoe Carpaccio aka Annie Smith. Ericson has perfectly captured the voice and pacing of Fitzhugh's original novel in a seamless rendering of a fresh, enjoyable story for today's readers. A few anachronisms and some minor missteps in chronology-here Sport's father has remarried during the summer while in Sport (Delacorte, 1979; o.p.; 2001) his marriage takes place after school begins-don't detract from this truly welcome publishing event.-Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Having hardly aged a day since her last appearance over 20 years ago (Sport, 1979), Harriet M. Welsch again steps into view, notebook in hand, imagination entirely otherwise. With the permission of Louise Fitzhugh's estate, Ericson brings back all of the gang, even Ole Golly, expertly picks up threads from the first three novels, and adds a tantalizingly rude new age-mate across the street. As Harriet's still-clueless parents leave for an extended stay in Paris at summer's end, Ole Golly takes up her old position as governess—but in the throes of marital discord about which she is resolutely tightlipped. What with that mystery, plus the sudden appearance of a secretive, ill-tempered new neighbor, Harriet has plenty of snooping to do—in between helping her gentle friend Sport through a rocky start in public school, and ruminating about love, families, God, psychotherapy, and other preteen concerns. In the end, a memorable Thanksgiving brings revelations, new friendships, and, thanks to a convenient financial windfall (one of several contrivances), a blissful reunion between Ole Golly and her husband. Ericson catches the voices, deadpan humor, and overall tone of the earlier volumes, if not their venturesome treatment of controversial themes, in this safe, comfortable continuation, and her frequent references to past events may tempt readers young (or otherwise) to visit, or revisit, the originals. (Fiction. 10-12)