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Harriet the Spy: Reviewed

Author:Louise Fitzhugh
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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