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Book cover: Harriet the Spy.

Good cover: Harriet the Spy was far from perfect -- which helped make her a touchstone for kids who felt different. Courtesy Louise Fitzhugh Estate hide caption

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NPR's Neva Grant takes a look at Louise Fitzhugh's kid-lit classic Harriet the Spy this morning. Turns out she's a role model for outsiders of all stripes.

"She gives us permission not to be one of those bridge-players sitting around the table acting like your mom," children's book expert Anita Silvey tells Grant. Much more, including what happens when classmates steal Harriet's spy notebook and read all her secrets, over on the story page.



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Thank you so much for this. I love this book. another good one is "the girl with the silver eyes"; it was more sci-fi and from the seventies. Also I liked "No Flying in the House"!

Sent by Kelly | 1:53 PM | 3-3-2008

Nancy v. Harriet -- my favorite part of the story. The voice overs were perfect. Go, Harriet!

Sent by Catherine Gibson | 2:09 PM | 3-3-2008

It's an attractive story and i appreciate it very much!

Sent by catheryn | 12:24 AM | 3-7-2008

My sixth grade watched the film together as we started our personal journal projects. We loved the music, we loved Harriet, and now we will love the books because the character is so real.

Sent by Patricia Hambrook | 8:39 AM | 3-7-2008