“Harriet the Spy” – A book review by Aoife Burke (Guest Blog)

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by Fingal Libraries on November 6, 2015 in Libraries

“Harriet the Spy” is a brilliant book written by Louise Fitzhugh. It is about a girl named Harriet M. Welsh and how she loves being a spy. She’s staked out a spy route and writes down everything about everyone she sees. She also has two friends,Sport and Janie. She has a guardian which she calls Ole Golly and […]

“Harriet the Spy” is a brilliant book written by Louise Fitzhugh. It is about a girl named Harriet M. Welsh and how she loves being a spy. She’s staked out a spy route and writes down everything about everyone she sees. She also has two friends,Sport and Janie. She has a guardian which she calls Ole Golly and she is very attached to her.
My favourite character is Harriet because I think she has a great big imagination and is very serious and sneaky when she does her job. There is a sequel to this book called “Harriet spies again”, I haven’t read it but I think I should.

In the book (the first one) she has an enemy named Marion Hawthorn and every year their class does a newspaper. Every year Marion gets to make it but this year Marion and Harriet both get to make it. Their teacher said that they can both do it and whoever does the best can do it next term. Harriet has a journal that she always writes in all the time. She brings it on her spy route and she has written down things about everyone in her class, even bad things about her best friends. At every page I finished, I kept asking myself what was going to happen next?

There is a lot happening in the book and sometimes I found it a bit confusing when there was one problem and another one was happening at the same time. Harriet does have a mother and a father but they go out a lot. She also has a cook and everyone just calls her cook. I won’t give you any spoilers but the two problems in the book are to do with Ole Golly and school. In some parts of the book it just seems like there is no hope for Harriet at all even though she manages to get through it all. At the end of the book it really made me want to read the next one but it wasn’t a cliffhanger.

Overall, I loved the book and it is a book I would recommend

By Aoife Burke, Age 8

Editor’s Notes: Aoife Burke is a guest blogger after winning the Donabate Library October Book Review Competition.

A copy of “Harriet the Spy” can be reserved on the Fingal Library Catalogue which is available online here.