Tag Archives: Eleven-year-old girls

Throwback Thursday: Harriet the Spy

Harriet the spy.jpgFor this Throwback Thursday I recommend: Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh.

Eleven-year-old Harriet keeps notes on her classmates and neighbors in a secret notebook, but when some of the students read the notebook, they seek revenge.

For amateur detectives, and readers who enjoyed Boxcar Children, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew this is a great classic! Harriet the Spy was first published in 1964, and like many of the Throwback Thursday Classics has also been adapted into a movie. We also have it available as an audiobook at the library.

You can find the book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J FITZHUGH and the audiobook at J CD FITZHUGH.

~aw

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Book Review: Short

Today we recommend: Short by Holly Sloan.

Very short for her age, Julia grows into her sense of self while playing a munchkin in a summer regional theater production of The Wizard of Oz.

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As you might imagine, being short has influenced Julie’s outlook on life, especially as a middle school student when she realizes she is several inches shorter than her classmates. Resisting her parents’ suggestion to participate in community theater, she reluctantly attends an audition and wins a role as a Munchkin in the summer production of The Wizard of Oz. As she befriends many people involved with the show, she gains confidence and self-acceptance and “grows” in unexpected ways. For those interested in theater and the “drama” associated with trying new things, this humorous tale will be inspiring. You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J SLOAN.

 

 

~ra