Harriet the Spy
by Louise Fitzhugh
Synopsis from Goodreads: Harriet M. Welsch is determined to grow up and be a famous author. In the meantime, she practices by following a regular spy route each day and writing down everything she sees in her secret notebook--including her most private and honest thoughts about her friends and classmates. Then one morning, Harriet leaves her spy notebook lying around and her classmates find it. They're not at all happy about the nasty things Harriet has said about them. Now the other sixth-graders are stealing her tomato sandwiches, forming a spy-catcher club, and writing notes of their own--all about Harriet!
What I think: Harriet is my favorite kind of character: clever, funny, and incredibly self-aware. This is a winning story about a girl who is born to be a writer.
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