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Harriet the Spy

The movie Harriet the Spy was based on the book Harriet the Spy.

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Movie details for Harriet the Spy

The movie was released in 1996 and directed by Bronwen Hughes. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.

Actors on this movie include Michelle Trachtenberg, Gregory Smith, Vanessa Lee Chester, Rosie O'Donnell, J. Smith-Cameron, Robert Joy, Eartha Kitt, Charlotte Sullivan, Teisha Kim, Cecilley Carroll, Dov Tiefenbach, Nina Shock, Conor Devitt, Alisha Morrison, Nancy Beatty, Don Francks, Eugene Lipinski, Gerry Quigley, Jackie Richardson and Mercedes Enriquez.

 

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This feature production from Nickelodeon is based on a popular kids' book from the 1960s by Louise Fitzhugh, and stars Michelle Trachtenberg as an 11-year-old wannabe journalist who writes all her observations about friends in a diary. When the book is st... Read More
This feature production from Nickelodeon is based on a popular kids' book from the 1960s by Louise Fitzhugh, and stars Michelle Trachtenberg as an 11-year-old wannabe journalist who writes all her observations about friends in a diary. When the book is stolen and read by her peers, she's ostracized. The film is hard to watch for all its sensory overload (rapid cuts, kooky camera angles), but its theme of finding a balance between a commitment to one's voice and one's obligations to others is fairly wise stuff. With Rosie O'Donnell and Eartha Kitt. --Tom Keogh

Book details for Harriet the Spy

Harriet the Spy was written by Louise Fitzhugh. The book was published in 1964 by Yearling. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

 

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Ages 8-12. Thirty-two years before it was made into a movie, Harriet the Spy was a groundbreaking book: its unflinchingly honest portrayal of childhood problems and emotions changed children's literature forever. Happily, it has neither dated nor become o... Read More
Ages 8-12. Thirty-two years before it was made into a movie, Harriet the Spy was a groundbreaking book: its unflinchingly honest portrayal of childhood problems and emotions changed children's literature forever. Happily, it has neither dated nor become obsolete and remains one of the best children's novels ever written. The fascinating story is about an intensely curious and intelligent girl, who literally spies on people and writes about them in her secret notebook, trying to make sense of life's absurdities. When her classmates find her notebook and read her painfully blunt comments about them, Harriet finds herself a lonely outcast. Fitzhugh's writing is astonishingly vivid, real and engaging, and Harriet, by no means a typical, loveable heroine, is one of literature's most unforgettable characters. School Library Journal wrote, "a tour de force... bursts with life." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books called it "a very, very funny story." And The Chicago Tribune raved, "brilliantly written... a superb portrait of an extraordinary child."