Harriet Spies Again


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Helen Ericson was introduced to Harriet M. Welsch in 1964 when she was nine years old. Ericson has grown up since then and was elated when the estate of Louise Fitzhugh granted her and Delacorte Press permission to continue Harriet's story in a companion book.
The author lives in a small town in the Midwest with two teenage daughters, a young son, and a large cat named Goldfinger. She has degrees in both religion and law, but practices neither. Instead, she is a working journalist who also plays tennis, reads, skis, and sometimes moderates household debates.
Like Harriet M. Welsch, Helen Ericson believes firmly in the importance of muscular verbs and interesting adjectives. Trounce and bestial are among her favorites.

Louise Fitzhugh (1928-1974) was born in Memphis, Tennessee. She attended Bard College, studied art in Italy and France, and continued her studies in New York at the Art Students League and at Cooper Union. Her books Harriet the Spy, The Long Secret, and Sport have been acclaimed as milestones of children's literature. These classics delight readers year after year.


Eleven-year-old Harriet M. Welsch is on the case in Harriet Spies Again by Helen Ericson, read by Anne Bobby. With permission from author Louise Fitzhugh's estate, Ericson continues the adventures of the young Manhattanite with a penchant for writing down all her observations (and theories behind them) in a spy notebook. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Gr 4-7-Ericson has written a worthy companion to Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy (Harper & Row, 1964; o.p.; Delacorte, 2000). The irrepressible heroine and many of her cronies return in a story that's rich in mystery, wry humor, wonderful wordplay, and an ending that suggests more to come. The action begins the summer before seventh grade when Harriet's parents announce that they're going to Paris for a few months and that her former nurse, Ole Golly, will return from Montreal to take care of her. But Ole Golly's presence gives Harriet less comfort than she expected because the woman is remote and sad, owing somehow, Harriet is sure, to her disastrous marriage to Mr. Waldenstein, which the girl is forbidden to mention. Also, Ole Golly's activities are cause for considerable speculation. Why does she make regular visits to the doctors across the street, carrying a small bag with her each time? When she finally figures out the truth-that Ole Golly is pregnant-Harriet tracks down Mr. Waldenstein and sets up a dramatic reunion that makes for a happy ending. A parallel plot introduces a quirky new character, Rosarita Sauvage aka Yolanda Montezuma aka Zoe Carpaccio aka Annie Smith. Ericson has perfectly captured the voice and pacing of Fitzhugh's original novel in a seamless rendering of a fresh, enjoyable story for today's readers. A few anachronisms and some minor missteps in chronology-here Sport's father has remarried during the summer while in Sport (Delacorte, 1979; o.p.; 2001) his marriage takes place after school begins-don't detract from this truly welcome publishing event.-Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

"Ericson has perfectly captured the voice and pacing of Fitzhugh's original novel in a seamless rendering of a fresh, enjoyable story for today's readers."-School Library Journal

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