- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 0760 (What's this?)
- Library Binding: 336 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; 15 Anv Spl edition (February 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385376642
- ISBN-13: 978-0385376648
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.1 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 327 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,625,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Harriet the Spy: 50th Anniversary Edition Library Binding – February 25, 2014
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Ages 8-12. Thirty-two years before it was made into a movie, Harriet the Spy was a groundbreaking book: its unflinchingly honest portrayal of childhood problems and emotions changed children's literature forever. Happily, it has neither dated nor become obsolete and remains one of the best children's novels ever written. The fascinating story is about an intensely curious and intelligent girl, who literally spies on people and writes about them in her secret notebook, trying to make sense of life's absurdities. When her classmates find her notebook and read her painfully blunt comments about them, Harriet finds herself a lonely outcast. Fitzhugh's writing is astonishingly vivid, real and engaging, and Harriet, by no means a typical, loveable heroine, is one of literature's most unforgettable characters. School Library Journal wrote, "a tour de force... bursts with life." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books called it "a very, very funny story." And The Chicago Tribune raved, "brilliantly written... a superb portrait of an extraordinary child." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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
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I still love it! What a great character, all the characters are wonderful. And it's a good morality tale as well. I love the 70's vibe it really brings me right back to my childhood.
I'm so glad I re-read Harriet the Spy!