NPR logo On Air: Harriet the Spy

'In Character' On the Air

On Air: Harriet the Spy

» Hear the 'Morning Edition' radio commentary

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

toggle caption Courtesy Louise Fitzhugh Estate

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.

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.

About