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Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (1964)

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, then an unknown author, seemed to burst on the scene as an instant classic when it was published in 1964. The children’s novel in Manhattan’s upper east side, its 11-year-old heroine, Harriet M. Welsch, already knows that she wants to be a famous writer when she grows up. To prepare, she keeps a notebook in which she records details of the world around her in minute detail.

Her observations of the people in her life are funny, poignant, and sometimes even cruel. When her sixth-grade classmates find and read the contents of her notebook, Harriet’s world turns upside down. Read More→

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