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I read Harriet the Spy when I was a girl, and I loved it, but I was worried whether my two active and ALL-boy sons (ages 7 and 8) would enjoy hearing a story with a female protagonist. I shouldn't have worried. They have been mesmerized by Harriet's exploits, and we've had lots of discussions about how Harriet got into the mess she's in, and how she should get out. The narrator is excellent, bringing the vast array of characters to life. I highly recommend this for boys and girls alike!
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Before purchasing, be sure you listen to a sample. The narrator is very enthusiastic, something that no doubt helps engage child listeners, but may be grating after only a few minutes for the adult reader. If you don't like her intonation in the sample, you'd do better to read the book because she never loses enthusiasm.
The novel itself is a classic, and though Harriet can be spoiled and disagreeable, it's a must-read for any child interested in the arts, journalism, spying, or secrets (and what child isn't interested in at least the last two?). For any adult who used to be such a child, it will bring back memories, and for those who have precocious and observant children, it may bring understanding.
This is a book people either love or hate, but even those who hate it can gain something from Harriet's observations about friendship and growing up.
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