|Reading Level (Conceptual):||Children 12 and up |
|Reading Level (Vocabulary):||Children 8 and up |
|Genre:||Fiction, girl heroine |
|Year of publication:||1964 |
My daughter initially resisted reading this book because the movie made such an awful impression on her. But she really enjoyed this story of a girl who "wants to know EVERYTHING" and gets into deep trouble for writing down what she knows.
Interesting slice-of-life of mostly upper-middle class children at school and play in Manhattan in the nineteen-fifties.
The sequel, Harriet the Spy: The Long Secret gets into all sorts of complicated topics such as menstruation, abusive-parenting, and the public expression of religious beliefs that my daughter did not find as compelling.
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