Loved all of Fitzhugh's books. As a kid, I loved the part in SPORT where he and his buddy had a moment while wrestling.
Sorry, but I thought Sport was a really bad book. I understand the publishers rejected it, Fitzhugh put the manuscript away, untouched at her death, and it was later published posthumously to capitalize on Harriet's success.
I have no idea whether Sport is actually good or not -- I last read it 30 years ago and as an 11-year-old, I enjoyed it.
Harriet the Spy was the best, of course. None of the rest of her work was up to that level.
The estate authorized a fan to write an updated "sequel" to Harriet the Spy ... really lame.
I enjoyed Sport, especially the scene where he brings all his friends to tea with his snobby mother and Harriet takes notes the whole time.
I loved Harriet the Spy. And weirdly, I enjoyed "the Long Secret" too, even though it's a "girl" book. Beth Ann was an interesting character, the opposite of blunt Harriet.
The drama about Beth Ann and her crazy mother was the best part of the book.
We had a pretty long and interesting thread about this a couple of years ago... (see link)... I remember because I had a couple of glasses of wine, thought about Harriet after all these years, and jumped on the Internet to read about her. One more glass of wine and I was on DL.
Since then I reread both Harriet the Spy and The Long Secret. The sequel, of course, wasn't as good as the first book -- but it was far better than I remembered and had a lot of world-weary observations that would have escaped me as a kid. It had the feel of a '60s art film.
Never read the third book in the series, but Nobody's Family Is Going to Change was very good and the message was aimed clearly at (among others) junior lesbians and gays.
Nice thread - thanks for the link!
Janie was DEFINITELY gay, but I'm not convinced regarding Harriet, who seemed to have feelings for Sport (which in "Sport" Janie seems to resent).
I, too, realized Bunny was gay, but as a kid of roughly that age I already knew (of) similar guys.
As for the movie, I rather liked it.
It's always a toss up between Harriet and The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright as my faves
Someone should make a movie of the Long Secret. Not a kids' movie. R8 is right - it's a 60's art film.
I didn't know Harriet but I loved Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.