Harriet the Spy is the story of an eleven-year-old girl, who has been taught to be an individual. Sometimes it seems like I went directly from Dr. Seuss to Grimm's Fairy Tales and then on to adult books. We’d love your help. I received this book as a birthday gift on either my sixth or seventh birthday (I think it was my seventh. It's a bad, bad day.”, “[Harriet] hated math. Like Stand By Me, it enjoys humor, but balances itself carefully between the light and dark sides of growing up. Only perhaps one time did the twerp write something that was true and not mean. A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead. What Fitzhugh’s book had, and what the movie gets, is the glee and neurotic terror of a kid lurching into adult consciousness, learning just how dangerous that notebook we all carry around in our heads really is. This is one of those rare moments when the movie is better than the book. Harriet M. Welsh is right up there with Scout Finch and Francie Nolan as one of the all time great child heroines in literature. I never read it as a kid, but it was on a list of "Books about Brave Girls" and I thought that we'd give it a go for a read aloud with my girls. She also shares her opinion with Miss Elson and the class that the appointment of the editor of the sixth grade paper was done unfairly, who agrees, and opens it up for a vote. Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. For the 2010 movie, see, "Harriet the Spy (1996) - Box Office Mojo", "Which Is Why I Am A Spy: An Oral History Of 'Harriet The Spy, "Harriet the Spy 20th anniversary: Blue paint scene gets an oral history", "Celebrities turn out for the Kid's Choice Awards", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Harriet_the_Spy_(film)&oldid=983577913, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress, Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress, Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor, This page was last edited on 15 October 2020, at 01:18. I just downgraded the book to two stars. And music was always playing. 31 quotes from Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy #1): ‘Don't mess with anybody on a Monday. The things I learn from our classics readalongs! Harriet gets her notebook back, and she even gets a surprise visit from Golly, who tells her that in order to make things right again, she must do two things: apologize and lie. When Harriet begins avoiding her homework assignments, her parents take away her notebooks and request that her teacher, Miss Elson, search Harriet each day at school for notebooks, much to Harriet's embarrassment. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. In the era in which those books were written, (the era in which. So she was too young to be thinking about stuff like that, so the author doesn't address it. She was so nosy, so rude, and I kept waiting and waiting for her to learn her lesson, and SHE NEVER DID! On opening night of the 6th grade pageant, Janie, Sport, and Harriet light off a stink bomb as revenge on Marion and dance to James Brown's "Get Up Offa That Thing" until the end of the film. Seriously, what is the big deal about it? Harriet the Spy has a secret notebook that she fills with utterly honest jottings about her parents, her classmates, and her neighbors.