JANE GETS STRANGER EVERY YEAR. I THINK SHE MIGHT BLOW UP THE WORLD. BETH ELLEN ALWAYS LOOKS LIKE SHE MIGHT CRY ...
CARRIE ANDREWS IS CONSIDERABLY FATTER THIS YEAR ...
AND LAURA PETERS IS THINNER AND UGLIER. I THINK SHE COULD USE SOME BRACES ON HER TEETH ...
PINKY WHITEHEAD HAS NOT CHANGED. PINKY WHITEHEAD WILL NEVER CHANGE ...
MY MOTHER IS ALWAYS SAYING PINKY WHITEHEAD'S WHOLE PROBLEM IS HIS MOTHER. I BETTER ASK HER WHAT THAT MEANS OR I'LL NEVER FIND OUT. DOES HIS MOTHER HATE HIM? IF I HAD HIM I'D HATE HIM.
Harriet M. Welsch is the bluntest, most spoilt, independent, funniest protagonist I've ever come across in children's literature. She scribbles down her observations about people which can often sound mean. I'm surprised at how much I like her. (Usually, I don't read far into a story if its main character throws tantrums easily. But with Harriet, I can't help it.)
She is truthful though tactless. She loves writing though she also adds a fair dose of judgments into it. She loves spying though ...
Though nothing. Most writers are good at spying. Or imagining.
WHEN I AM BIG I WILL BE A SPY. I WILL GO TO ONE COUNTRY AND I WILL FIND OUT ITS SECRETS AND THEN I WILL GO TO ANOTHER COUNTRY AND TELL THEM AND THEN FIND OUT THEIR SECRETS AND I WILL GO BACK TO THE FIRST ONE AND RAT ON THE SECOND AND I WILL GO TO THE SECOND AND RAT ON THE FIRST. I WILL BE THE BEST SPY THERE EVER WAS AND I WILL KNOW EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING.
Disaster strikes one day. The notebook Harriet writes in falls into the hands of her classmates.
Yes. The classmates whom she has written unflatteringly about. Even her closest friends, Sport and Janie, give her the cold shoulders now. Harriet needs to come up with a strategy quick!
Will she apologize?
But a true writer never apologizes for her observations.
Will she stop writing about her friends and other people in the neighbourhood?
Don't be ridiculous. A spy never stops spying. A writer never stops writing.
What then? Everybody seems to hate her ...
Have you read Harriet the Spy? I've found terrific descriptions in some of Harriet's scribbles. Like this one:
YESTERDAY WHEN I WENT INTO THAT HARDWARE STORE IT SMELLED LIKE THE INSIDE OF AN OLD THERMOS BOTTLE.
Takes one right there, doesn't it?
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