EBOOK Harriet the Spy BY Louise Fitzhugh – dugisits.co.za

  • Mass Market Paperback
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  • Harriet the Spy
  • Louise Fitzhugh
  • English
  • 25 July 2020
  • 9780440416791

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Summary Harriet the Spy review Harriet the Spy 109 Free read ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ò Louise Fitzhugh SN'T WATCH OUT SHE'S GOING TO GROW UP INTO A LADY HITLERBut when Harriet's notebook is found by her schoolmates their anger and retaliation and Harriet's unexpected responses explode in a hilarious wa. This isn t a great children s book This is a great book whose protagonist happens to be very youngThis is a book that manages to be shocking in spite of the absence of sex drugs and violence Harriet isn t forced to kick arse in a fight to the death or struggle to feed her family On the contrary the only shocking thing about her personal circumstances is how privileged she is Her family employs a housemaid a cook and a nurse improbably named Ole Golly It can be hard for a modern reader of any age to understand what exactly that last job entails Harriet isn t sick or sickly so Ole Golly isn t that kind of nurse Ole Golly isn t a babysitter exactly either She does stay with Harriet when her parents go to parties at night which is freuently but she doesn t supervise Harriet very closely or even walk her to school She s a bit like a governess but she doesn t teach lessonsActually she does She just isn t paid to And although Harriet leads a pampered existence Ole Golly believes she can handle tough truths Tears won t bring me back she says sternly when she has to leave Harriet for good Remember that Tears never bring anything back Life is a struggle and a good spy gets in there and fights Remember that No nonsense And later in a letter If you re missing me I want you to know I m not missing you Gone is gone I never miss anything or anyone because it all becomes a lovely memory I guard my memories and love them but I don t get in them and lie down You can even make stories from yours but remember they don t come back Just think how awful it would be if they did You don t need me now You re eleven years old which is old enough to get busy at growing up to be the person you want to beDon t sit around missing me when I m gone Life is tough and eleven years old is plenty old enough to get out there and start fighting for what you needTell that to a generation who grew up on the creepy stalker vision of parental care presented in Love You ForeverThis may not sound too startling to people who regularly devour dystopian and gritty urban YA fiction Yes Katniss has to fight actual life or death battles But the whole point of her story is that she shouldn t have to Harriet is taught early on that life is a fight and even members of the well fed elite have to jump into the ringGranted Harriet s battles are brought on by her own worst ualities She has a lot of them She is not a winning adorable child She s blunt and obnoxious and thinks mean things even about the people she cares about And she doesn t care about many She alienates everyone she knows with her writing And then she wins them back with her writingThis book has aged well in every sense It s fun for an adult to read or reread because the writing is ridiculously enviably good It s a book to give to children for the same reason It s also a terrific cautionary tale for very modern reasonsAs Meg Cabot author of the Princess Diaries series points out in her short appreciative essay Louise Fitzhugh could not have known how prescient Harriet the Spy was Fifty years after its publication some young girls and boys and even old ones too are still recording their innermost thoughts and feelings only now they re doing it far too publicly on the Internet causing themselves untold amounts of troubleIf only they listened to Ole GollyCabot s essay is included along with several others all by prominent writers Gregory Maguire s even includes an excerpt from an early diary he kept after being inspired by Harriet s example Tonight when we were going to swim Annie said Aaahh There s a spider in my goggles Joe said Drown it Throw it in the lake Annie said No don t drown it I said Annie since when have you cared about the welfare of a measly spider She said It s not that I just don t want any drowned spiders in any lake that I intend to swim in Read this book if you haven t already Reread it if it s been awhile And get this anniversary edition if you don t already have your own copy of Harriet It s a lot of fun to see how other authors were affected by the abrasive but compelling Harriet M Welsch

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Harriet the Spy

Summary Harriet the Spy review Harriet the Spy 109 Free read ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ò Louise Fitzhugh Harriet the Spy has a secret notebook that she fills with utterly honest jottings about her parents her classmates and her neighbors Every day on her spy route she observes and notes down anything of. Schadenfreude That s what this book is about and it s all Harriet thinks about the misfortune of others and how she can find joy in it While that can have its place like in The Hunger Games it is just disturbing where this book is concernedThis is one of those rare times where twenty years later I reread a book from childhood that I adored and my opinion of it completely changes as an adult I kept my original copy from childhood but now I m not sure I will keep it still because I can t imagine ever reading this again It was painful I did not enjoy it It was not charming I thought it was funny for maybe the first couple chapters but it uickly becomes causticHarriet wants to be a writer Fair enough But there are two very disturbing revelations associated with this1 Harriet somehow gets the idea that the best way to practice being a writer is not to like practice writing short stories and use her imagination Instead she takes write what you know to a whole new level keeping a notebook where she spies on everyone in the neighborhood and then documents every cruel thought she has ever had about them including her best friends then somehow justifies this as a way to learn to write better and descriptively2 Harriest does not want to be a writer to improve the world become famous or inspire people Allow me as I uote WHEN I GROW UP I M GOING TO FIND OUT EVERYTHING ABOUT EVERYBODY AND PUT IT ALL IN A BOOK THE BOOK IS GOING TO BE CALLED SECRETS BY HARRIET M WELSCH I WILL ALSO HAVE PHOTOGRAPHS IN IT AND MAYBE SOME MEDICAL CHARTS IF I CAN GET THEM I just WHATStill I kept giving the book the benefit of the doubt For one thing it is intriguing because we all think things about other people although I uickly grew tired of that Most importantly though there was still a chance that Harriet might learn some good lessons from all thisNopeHarriet s parents are so pleased that Ole Golly can handle Harriet so well but they seem blind to the fact that none of them the parents or Ole Golly seemed to have instilled any values a sense of privacy and boundariesparameters or common decency in Harriet Harriet is petultant selfish disrespectful shallow beyond nosy self involved and just plain mean She has no redeeming ualities None She has no social skills cannot relate to her peers is stunted psychologically has a truly alarming lack of empathy for other people and spends her days involving herself in everyone else s business and truly and wholeheartedly thinks it s her business to know these things about others whereas how DARE they think to look in her SOOPER SEKRIT notebookHarriet is eleven but she talks and spends her days like a middle aged sociopath relishing the choice of his next victim I kept waiting for her to learn a lesson to gain some insight to understand how her actions hurt other people to understand what she was doing was not just wrong but also sick nothing She doesn t learn anything not even when she goes to a psychologist not even when she gets caught breaking and entering not even when all her friends find her notebook and shut her out not even when the adults closest to her realize what she s been doing not even when the teachers see what this does to her classmatesI am really not sure what Fitzhugh was trying to accomplish with this book Harriet learned no lessons Her friends magically forgive her after her superficial apology which involved spying and telling secrets in the school newspaper whereas were I her friend I would never be able to trust her again She doesn t get into any actual trouble for what she does If I had children I m not even sure I would allow them to read this

Summary Harriet the Spy

Summary Harriet the Spy review Harriet the Spy 109 Free read ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ò Louise Fitzhugh Interest to herI BET THAT LADY WITH THE CROSS EYE LOOKS IN THE MIRROR AND JUST FEELS TERRIBLEPINKY WHITEHEAD WILL NEVER CHANGE DOES HIS MOTHER HATE HIM IF I HAD HIM I'D HATE HIMIF MARION HAWTHORNE DOE. Okay who s ready for another dose of nostalgia I remember picking up this book before a summer vacation The trailer had premiered earlier and I was dying to know what happened before I saw the movie All the readers who truly feel me throw your hands up at me My plan was to read a chapter a day but I was also reading Ralph S Mouse at the same time nostalgia kicking in yet Anyway somehow my older brother got ahold of it and finished it before me while I was reading the other book during this vacation And he spoiled it Yeah guys he was mad because he got scammed because he bought a bootleg version of Dangerous Minds off the street we were visiting family in New York at the time so he took his frustration out that way as typical older brothers in the 90 s did for some reason If you don t understand this I m sure Clarissa would be than happy to explain everything about sibling dynamics to youMoving forward I didn t finish the book at the time because I was mad that it was spoiled for me no worries I did pick it up again a while later But I did see the movie and it was spectacular I was obsessed with Harriet s use of everyday things and how she turned them into spy gadgets I wanted a belt like hers and I think Wild Planet capitalized on it with their own line of spy toysI even remember prizes at our elementary school fundraiser being these collapsible binoculars and sunglasses with mirrors on the side of them so you could see behind you These cheapo toys made all of us kids feel like real secret agents on the playgroundThen the movie came out on VHS and the clamshell packaging was orange You guys that was crazy at the time Even the tape was orange instead of the pedestrian black and that was so wild And it came with invisible ink pensA big component of the story was that Harriet was told by her nanny Golly that if she wanted to be a writer that she needed to practice writing everyday and to start using her powers of inspection to really see people To look beneath the obviousness of their actions and see the underlying causes And Harriet gets in trouble for her acerbic and cutting observations when her private journal is stolen and all the kids in her class find out what she really sees when she looks at them She becomes a pariah for this and even her closest friends give in to the pressure of alienating her because they felt betrayed by her again PRIVATE thoughts Feeling isolated and that her personal property was violated she lashes out at everyone using her newfound detective paradigm to see everyone s weaknesses view spoiler This was kind of mind blowing as a kid That you could shut people down with just a few simple comments today we call that slaying hide spoiler