Young Adult Lit/Crit

March 3, 2008

Harriet the Spy

Filed under: Uncategorized — sostrom @ 3:48 pm

Anyone else remember Harriet?  I think this was one of the first books I read by myself.  This piece on NPR delves into Harriet and the controversy surrounding her.  She also made the banned books list.



  1. Omgosh omgosh! I LOVE Harriet the Spy! She certainly made me want to be a spy. In fact, I think I tried it for a day or two. I can’t believe they tried to ban harriet. It was part of the fifth grade curriculum at my school (A catholic school, and don’t christians love banning things?) I’m so glad no one put up a stink about it!


    PS who posted this?

    Comment by allison — March 3, 2008 @ 8:25 pm

  2. I posted it. Sorry about that.


    Comment by sostrom — March 3, 2008 @ 11:39 pm

  3. What a great article! I never was into Harriet the Spy or Nancy Drew — not “girly” enough for me, as a YA reader. Had I been a reader in the 1960’s, Harriet would have probably appealed to me due to its controversial stance in the literary world (at the time). My, how times have changed… but remain the same simultaneously. Sure Harriet and Nancy Drew are acceptable reads nowadays, but we are still battling censorship of books that resonate deeply with YA readers (e.g. Mr. Chris Crutcher). Why is it so difficult for adults to confront the fact that adolescents often deal with sex/drugs/alcohol/violence, and struggle with social acceptance, self-image and finding autonomy in their lives? Seeing the progress that Harriet and Nancy Drew made gives hope for authors/books that are being shunned and censored today. Thanks for the article, Sarah!


    Comment by jexter1 — March 4, 2008 @ 8:18 am

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