The Long Secret

The Long Secret Harriet the Spy refuses to become ruffled when an unidentified person starts leaving disturbing notes all over the quiet little beach town of Water Mill She s determined to discover the author of the

  • Title: The Long Secret
  • Author: Louise Fitzhugh
  • ISBN: 9780440418191
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback
  • Harriet the Spy refuses to become ruffled when an unidentified person starts leaving disturbing notes all over the quiet little beach town of Water Mill She s determined to discover the author of the notes And she drags her friend, mousy Beth Ellen, into all kinds of odd and embarrassing situations in her efforts to reveal the culprit Observing in her own special, caustHarriet the Spy refuses to become ruffled when an unidentified person starts leaving disturbing notes all over the quiet little beach town of Water Mill She s determined to discover the author of the notes And she drags her friend, mousy Beth Ellen, into all kinds of odd and embarrassing situations in her efforts to reveal the culprit Observing in her own special, caustic way with her ever present notebook, Harriet the Spy is on the case But will she be ready to face the truth when she finds it Praise for Harriet the Spy and Her Friends Harriet the Spy Harriet is wholly relatable whether you re eleven or several times that age EW Harriet Spies Again By Louise Fitzhugh and Helen Ericson Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Novel 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 JournalHarriet the Spy, Double Agent By Louise Fitzhugh and Maya Gold Harriet the Spy is back, and Gold does a credible job of maintaining the special character and her crusty charm BooklistThe Long Secret STAR Written with subtlety, compassion, and Louise Fitzhugh s remarkable ability to see inside the minds of children School Library Journal, Starred Sport STAR A worthy successor to Harriet the Spy and that is high tribute Booklist, StarredFrom the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Louise Fitzhugh

      Born in Memphis, Tennessee She attended Miss Hutchison s School and three different universities, without obtaining a degree According to her obituary in the New York Times, Fitzhugh graduated from Barnard College in 1950 She lived most of her adult life in New York City and had houses in both Long Island and Bridgewater, Connecticut.She was married briefly to Ed Thompson, whom she dated in high school After high school, she primarily dated women.Fitzhugh was the illustrator of the 1961 children s book Suzuki Beane, a parody of Eloise while Eloise lived in the Plaza, Suzuki was the daughter of beatnik parents and slept on a mattress on the floor of a Bleecker Street pad in Greenwich Village Fitzhugh worked closely with author Sandra Scoppettone to produce Suzuki Beane, which incorporated typewriter font and line drawings in an original way Although a parody of both Eloise and beatnik conceit, the book sprang to life as a genuine work of literature Today, it is a much sought after book on used book websites.Fitzhugh s best known book was Harriet the Spy, published in 1964 to some controversy since so many characters were far from admirable It has since become a classic As her New York Times obituary, published November 19, 1974, states The book helped introduce a new realism to children s fiction and has been widely imitated Harriet is the daughter of affluent New Yorkers who leave her in the care of her nanny, Ole Golly, in their Manhattan townhouse Hardly the feminine girl heroine typical of the early 1960s, Harriet is a writer who notes everything about everybody in her world in a notebook which ultimately falls into the wrong hands Ole Golly gives Harriet the unlikely but practical advice that Sometimes you have to lie But to yourself you must always tell the truth By and large, Harriet the Spy was well received it was awarded a New York Times Outstanding Book Award in 1964 and has sold 4 million copies since publication Two characters from the book, Beth Ellen and Sport, were featured in two of Fitzhugh s later books, The Long Secret and Sport The Long Secret deals fairly honestly with female puberty the main characters are pre teen girls who discuss how their changing bodies feel.Fitzhugh illustrated many of her books and had works exhibited in Banfer Gallery, New York, in 1963, among many other galleries.She died in 1974 of a brain aneurysm Her obituary was published in the New York Times.

    107 thoughts on “The Long Secret”

    1. How can anyone not love a book that starts out with a cashier with mean eyes receiving an anonymous note that reads jesus hates you C mon seriously

    2. I enjoyed every bit of Harriet the Spy as a girl, and, while it made me anxious to read because you knew she was going to get caught , re read it many times But The Long Secret is the book I continue to re read as a grown woman It shares the same strengths of great character portraits, plotting, and sense of place that Harriet had, but this sequel has a languid, mysterious, quirky feel, and dares to leave things hanging Set on the shores of the wealthy New Yorkers summer beach playgrounds and b [...]

    3. EVERYONE, screamed Jennifer YOU must READ this BOOK In my head, I talk like Harriet the Spy But as I am wise adult ha , I try not to inflict that on people SeriouslyI wonder if my inner voice developed as a result of reading and re reading and re reading Harriet the Spy and The Long Secret as a child Of course sometimes my inner voice is Harriet WHAT S WRONG WITH YOU and sometimes it is Beth Ellen I don t know who I am and I want to hide.I loved Harriet the Spy and The Long Secret as a kid have [...]

    4. Oh great, a first menstruation book That is about what I thought, rolling my eyes, when I was fairly into the book, but really that kind of exasperation is not only unfair, it does little justice to the substance of The Long Secret I ll pause to allow indignant people to remind me that it s a great part of the substance of the book, a milestone towards the end of childhood and underlying Beth Ellen s uncertainty about herself, the future, the world, God The girl has a lot on her plate Fitzhugh i [...]

    5. First, look at this awful cover from the 1984 paperback edition of this book It makes Harriet look like the main character she s not and Beth Ellen doesn t even have curly hair The original cover, with Louise Fitzhugh s illustration, is much better An illustration of Beth Ellen and Harriet at the beach, it tells us many things about the story 1 they re at the beach This book takes place in the beach town of Water Mill, where Beth Ellen and Harriet, mere acquaintances at school in New York City, [...]

    6. I loved Harriet the Spy, and was so excited to read this next onebut as a kid I found it much melancholyI think now that I look back on it, it s because the book actually does capture that melancholy feeling of puberty, of having to leave childhood behind, of being separated out from childhood by what is happening to your body That is part of what is brilliant about the book But much evocative for girls, than boys, I d think.

    7. Worst cover ever short list Why The author made it perfectly clear what the girls look like with her own interior illustrations Well, it s an awful book anyway I suppose it s meant to have some humor in it, but most of the jokes are so mean spirited, making fun of what people like Mama Jenkins and Wallace look like, for example I miss Sport he was the only redeeming feature of the first book imo The only redeeming feature of this is the mystery It s worse than Catcher in the Rye, and Harriet scr [...]

    8. What I love about this book is the touching sense of the desperate boredom of adolescence that Louise Fitzhugh evokes without ever directly addressing the issue And Harriet M Welsch has always been a hero to me.

    9. Like Harriet the Spy and Sport, a groundbreaking work of children s literature I don t know if Judy Blume read this before writing Are You There, God published in 1970, five years after The Long Secret but two of the central themes are similar puberty and religion so there s little doubt that Fitzhugh opened the door for clear eyed frankness on such subject matter Like Margaret, Harriet and her intermittent friend and the real star of Secret Beth Ann occupy a lofty socioeconomic caste Fitzhugh, [...]

    10. I loved it but I have so many questions.The main story in this book is really about Harriet s friend Beth Ellen She is so quiet and mousy but she goes through a lot during the course of this book At one point, I almost fell out of my chair laughing, and by the end, I doubted that I had understood anything I was happy for Beth Ellen, but like Harriet, I didn t understand her either.There were some other characters and things that happened in the book that I would give anything to ask Fitzhugh abo [...]

    11. 1.5 5 stars What happened Harriet the Spy has been a favorite book of mine throughout my life, and I loved it just as much when I reread it recently For me, it s one of those books that just makes me feelzy, probably because it was a consistent part of my childhood I could understand and enjoy it now that I am older, which also enhanced my reading experience Plus, Harriet has always been such a relatable book character for me she loves reading and writing, and she s observant and quirky and ima [...]

    12. Lucy Longstocking review wclt blogs kids indLots of people have read Harriet the Spy and loved it, but not so many know about the two follow up books Harriet returns in The Long Secret, which is a wonderful summer holiday story The long Secret begins with a nasty but sort of funny secret note and Harriet s burning desire to find out who sent it She enlists her mousy friend Beth Allen to reluctantly help her, and they have lots of odd encounters along the way I like the peculiar characters like t [...]

    13. I remember reading this book as a kid and not being too nuts about it, but after rereading it, I just love it One of my favorite things about Fitzhugh s writing is that she makes most of the adults in her books out to be complete idiots That scene in the Shark s Tooth Inn classic I think this book may just be too much for all but the most sophisticated of kid readers Who of them are going to see Agatha Plummer as a total cougar, and Wallace HUP love that , as a money grubbing gigolo Then there s [...]

    14. When I first read this, I was disappointed by the new angle on Harriet I d built her up as rather a hero and had overlooked her grating aspects Too, I think the book made me uncomfortable because though Harriet impressed me, Beth Ellen is probably who I am, too.Age brings perspective This really was quite the book.

    15. The Long Secret is a follow up book to the classic children s novel Harriet the Spy, and while Harriet is a prominent main character, the main story is essentially her friend Beth Ellen s coming of age story This novel takes place over the summer, when Beth Ellen and Harriet live at their summer homes away from their usual friends They tend to be little than acquaintances during the school year, but out of necessity are closer friends during the summer There is a main mystery plot to the book t [...]

    16. The general consensus is that the Harriet the Spy sequels are not worth reading While they re better than a lot of books and I m glad I read them, I have to agree that they are not up to the caliber of Harriet.It turns out that what makes Harriet the Spy so great is Harriet herself lively, cynical, nosy, adventurous Harriet In a conversation once, I realized that one of the character types I most like to read and watch in stories is the type who would unselfconsciously say I m awesome There aren [...]

    17. It took me inordinately long to read this book considering it s length, but there was just so much to unpack AND I was surprised by the ending.

    18. While it doesn t quite live up to its classic predecessor Harriet the Spy , it s still fun to revisit some familiar characters Apparently intended to be a serious book than Harriet, The Long Secret takes up some sensitive themes menstruation, parental neglect, religious belief with mixed results Controversial at the time, the conversation about menstruation between two twelve year old girls who have experienced it, and Harriet, who hasn t is sensitive and laugh out loud funny The attempt to ma [...]

    19. I just love Fitzhugh s realism I was prepared for this sequel to HARRIET THE SPY still need to read SPORT to disappoint It didn t Set out in The Hamptons on Long Island where the wealthy New Yorkers summer , Harriet and two school friends spend the summer by the sea Told from multiple points of view, with Beth Ellen s character and story are really developed, and we and Harriet realize how quick Harriet was to jump to conclusions about this mousy friend in the first book The long Secret begins w [...]

    20. I found this book on my own bookshelf I can t believe it s possible that I never read the follow up to Harriet the Spy, one of my all time favorite books But I don t remember reading it, so maybe I haven t read it as an adult I m excited Updated to add Long Secret is about Harriet s mousy friend Beth Ellen than about Harriet, though it follows both of them through their adventures one summer in the Hamptons they are very posh It is pretty fantastic, but not quite as good as Harriet the Spy whic [...]

    21. I think that I may have enjoyed this book if I had read it after reading Harriet the Spy as a child Reading it now I felt distant from the characters, as if I ve lost the part of me that understood what it was like to be a kid I think what is likely is how different Harriet and Beth Ellen s lives are from mine As a kid I might have connected with them despite the different time period and experiences, but the whole time I read it I felt disconnected Maybe it isn t a great book or good writing, [...]

    22. That s it, thought Beth Ellen Never be afraid to wear glasses Can t remember when I first read this, but I know I was originally put off by the somewhat negative depiction of Harriet I felt disloyal But now I can appreciate Fitzhugh s realism I will always adore bossy and screechy Harriet, but that doesn t mean that I can t cheer on Beth Ellen, too The mice shall inherit the earth, it s said Click below for a wise and impressive review and fabulous Fitzhugh quotes jezebel 362472 the long se

    23. Love reading children s fiction, especially nice to read children s books in the summer when something light to read at the beach is just what you want FItzhugh is amazing I like the editions with author s original illustrations Story of 2 rich girls from NYC who go to the same school but are not close during the school year Their families summer in the same beach town and so in the summers the girls spend lots of time together SOme crazy grown ups who dont act very grown up and a mystery to sol [...]

    24. I read this book once as a child and hated it After re reading a series of essays about Harriet the Spy, I decided to give this one another chance So glad I did It is incredibly sophisticated for a children s book I still love the character of Harriet and she remains my favourite part of the story But there is a lot here about families, religion and relationships The scene where they talk about menstruation was priceless The book is actually quite witty.Recommended.

    25. Shy people are angry people I read this book many years ago and really didn t really like I can t remember why now but that s besides the point I, suprisingly, enjoyed this than Harriet the Spy I liked Beth Ellen as a narrator I enjoyed feeling her emotions throughout the book The mystery in this book had me hooked and the ending was great.

    26. One of my all time favorite books from my childhood More than Harriet Welsch, I identified with Beth Ellen Hansen Harriet felt like the child I wanted to be, while Beth Ellen is the child that I was Interestingly I have never read Harriet the Spy and one day soon I may pick it up, but The Long Secret is a brilliant book standing on its own.

    27. I might like this better than the first one I loved Beth Ellen, the setting, the bigger questions at play.

    28. I liked this and would have given it the three star rating to indicate as much but there is a short stout brown white spotted dog in here named Moo Moo and she gets a star of her own.

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