Reviews for Harriet the Spy


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2001 Fall
Two characters introduced in Harriet the Spy move to the forefront with these sequels. In The Long Secret, shy Beth Ellen experiences the first changes of adolescence as a mystery engulfs her summer town. Sport is kidnapped by his long-absent mother after inheriting millions of dollars. Neither reissue is as sharp and focused as the original Harriet, but both are written with the author's uniquely urbane style. Copyright 2001 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2001 May #4
Following up on last fall's reissue of Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, Delacorte is reissuing two continuing adventures featuring Harriet and her gang. In The Long Secret (1965), Harriet becomes intent on uncovering the identity of the person who is penning anonymous proverb-like notes all over town that betray a keen insight into the addressees. Money isn't everything, as Harriet's best friend learns in Sport (1979). After Sport's grandfather dies, leaving him millions of dollars, greed draws out Sport's mother, who kidnaps him. How can Sport return to life as it was before? ( May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 1999 August
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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School Library Journal Reviews 1999 July
Gr 3-6-Louise Fitzhugh's novel (HarperCollins, 1964), comes to life in this superbly narrated recording. Harriet M. Welsch, an intensely curious and intelligent 11-year-old, aspires to be a writer when she grows up. Encouraged by her nurse, Ole Golly, she practices for this future vocation by spying on people on her after-school route and writing about them in her secret notebook. She is a keen observer of all that goes on around her as she tries to make sense out of life. When her classmates find her notebook and read her painfully blunt comments about them, Harriet finds herself an outcast. Even her best friends, Sport and Janie, desert her. Harriet has to find a way to win back her friends without giving up her own individuality. The narrator varies the voices of each character so clearly and consistently that listeners can picture their distinct characteristics as well as their eccentricities. The sound quality is very crisp, and the narration is always energetic with precise enunciation of every word. This recording of one of the best children's books ever written will be an excellent addition to any school or public library collection.-Kristina Aaronson, Bethel Elementary School, , VT Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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