Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Harriet The Spy

Written by Louise Fitzhugh
Part of the Collins Modern Classics Series

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Although it was written four decades ago, Harriet the Spy is still a thoroughly modern story. Harriet - bossy, determined, prone to shouting things like ‘I’ll be damned if I’ll got to dancing school!’ - has a great sense of who she is, and is an irresistible character. In her outfit of jeans, sweatshirt plus belt for her tools she spies shamelessly on friends, family and neighbours, then writes up her no-holds-barred notes IN CAPITAL LETTERS in her special notebook. She has probably inspired thousands of readers to become writers themselves, or at least pay closer attention to the world around them, and the book is particularly good for anyone who feels they don’t fit in. A really timeless classic. ~ Andrea Reece

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Truth is what interests Harriet M. Welsh. But writing down exactly what she thinks about the people around her does not make her popular. Harriet's spirit, honesty and outspokenness make her a memorable heroine.


Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Sixth-grader Harriet attends school on the New York's Upper East Side along with her two best pals, Sport and Janie. After school every day, she takes her notebook and proceeds through her spy route. Harriet observes the rich lady who never gets out of bed; the man with twenty-five cats and the Italian family who runs a grocery store. She writes brutally honest notes on them all. Harriet's downfall is that she also writes notes about people she actually knows…

After a game in the park when her notebook is knocked out of her hands and read by her classmates, Harriet's innermost thoughts are revealed and she is shunned by all her classmates, who form the Spycatcher's Club. After her parents find out what's happened, Harriet receives a final, crushing blow. She is no longer allowed to take notes – her parents, her teacher and even the cook search her every day for a contraband notebook. Harriet's only consolation is the love and the wise advice of her nanny who manages to get her through this difficult period in her life.

A classic in the US where it was first published and a major motion film from Paramount, Harriet the Spy is a beloved book throughout the world.

About the Author

Louise Fitzhugh

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, she soon experienced her parents' divorce, from which her father, Millsaps Fitzhugh, gained custody, and so she lived with him in the South. She attended Miss Hutchinsons' School and three different universities, without obtaining a degree.Her first book was Suzuki Beane in 1961, which was a children's picture book that was intended as a parody of Eloise. She illustrated it, working closely with author Sandra Scoppettone.

Her most well-known book was Harriet the Spy, which was published in 1964 to a great deal of controversy. Two minor characters in the book, Beth Ellen and Sport, were featured in two of Fitzhugh's later books, The Long Secret and Sport.

Fitzhugh illustrated many of her books and had works exhibited in Banfer Gallery, New York, in 1963, among many other galleries.

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Paperback (b Format)
288 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Harpercollins Publishers

Publication date

5th January 2004




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