Harriet the Spy

By Louise Fitzhugh

Synopsis

Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she’s written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together?

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Author Biography

Louise Fitzhugh was born in Memphis, Tennessee. She lived most of her adult life in New York City and had houses in both Long Island and Bridgewater, Connecticut. Fitzhugh was the illustrator of the 1961 children's book Suzuki Beane, a parody of Eloise; but her best-known book was Harriet the Spy, published in 1964. The book was well-received -- it was awarded a New York Times Outstanding Book Award in 1964 -- and has sold 4 million copies since publication. Two characters from the book, Beth Ellen and Sport, were featured in two of Fitzhugh's later books, The Long Secret and Sport. Fitzhugh illustrated many of her books and had works exhibited in Banfer Gallery, New York, in 1963.