Thursday, March 7, 2013

Top of the Heap!

Monday's Riddle was an amusing guise, and Lizzy's review of The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford introduced us to two new spies who stumble upon a big case of secrets. Friday, we have something sneaky in store, and Saturday, we always love to hear your unique perspective on The DMS Wants to Know. Today, we are shouting out two familiar spies that can really solve the case.



Today's top of the heap: Excellent Spies : )


Fairday: One of my favorite spies has to be Harriet M. Welsch. She carries her notebook with her everywhere, jotting notes about her neighbors and friends. Harriet is so organized that she even has a spy route that she follows regularly. As an observer, she is trying to learn about people and the world around her. She records what she sees with honesty, and when her notebook falls into the wrong hands, Harriet must do some deep thinking. I love this book because there is so much to learn from Harriet’s observations and the way she deals with the world around her. Thanks so much to the lovely Adrianna from She's Got Books on Her Mind for reminding me about this fun story! ~ F




Lizzy: Nancy Drew is clever, smart, and adventurous. She drives around in her blue convertible solving mysteries with her keen eye for detail. I love that Nancy works with her best friends and finds help in some unusual places. Her tools are simple but effective. Spies and detectives must remember a flashlight and magnifying glass because you never know when they will help crack the case. Nancy does her research and gets people to talk to her, and she isn’t afraid to stop and observe in order to put the clues together. I have enjoyed tagging along as she sorts through what is in front of her to make some fascinating discoveries. Nancy Drew and friends can be found working together in over 100 books! ~ L



18 comments:

  1. Nancy Drew was my elder sister's favourite series! She would read them one after another in a day or two. As for Harriet, I've been meaning to get to it for a while. What a timely reminder!

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    1. Claudine- I can understand why your older sister loved Nancy Drew. I hope you enjoy Harriet the Spy. :) ~L

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  2. I have never read Nancy Drew (A) But oh. Those books do seem pretty amazing :D Thank you for sharing. <3

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    1. Carina- Nancy and Harriet are both fun books. Thanks for stopping by. :) ~L

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  3. Oh, I love Nancy Drew books. Man, it's been a while since I've read one, though.

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    1. Cherie- I love Nancy Drew, too! I didn't know that they were written by a couple of different authors. :) ~L

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  4. OOOH I have loved Nancy Drew for forever...I have original ones!

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    1. Patty- How cool that you have original Nancy Drews! WOW! Lucky! ~L

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  5. Oh how can you NOT mention these two sleuths when you think kid lit detectives! let us not forget Encyclopedia Brown though, he rocked too. ^_^

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    1. Gina- I love Encyclopedia Brown, too! Such fun to try to solve each mystery along with him. He is so clever! ~L

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  6. I am trying to think if I ever read Nancy Drew, I think I did but I don't remember. Now I have to go look. Harriet the Spy yes and the movie was cute too! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Heidi- If you haven't read a Nancy Drew book then you should give one a try. I haven't seen the Harriet the Spy movie yet- I will have to watch it! Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend, too! ~L

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  7. I loved Harriet the Spy and I tried to change my name to Nancy because Nancy Drew was my idol.

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    1. Lee- I LOVE that you wanted to change your name to Nancy after Nancy Drew. She is such a cool sleuth! :) ~L

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  8. Great characters and books, both of them! Thanks for sharing. As a boy I read Encyclopedia Brown & The Three Investigators, but these are great too.

    Paul R. Hewlett

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    1. Paul- I have never read The Three Investigators, but I do love Encyclopedia Brown. I have so much fun trying to solve the cases! :) ~L

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  9. Yay! I haven't finished Harriet the Spy yet. I hope she realizes that what she writes about and think about others may not be the nicest or even the most true things about people. It's actually Adriana (;

    How did I know there was going to be a Nancy Drew mention on here? I was going to say I should read her sometimes but 100+ books? That's crazy. I should read about her sometimes anyways. Her and The Hardy Boys.

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    1. Hi Adriana- Yes, Harriet does have some things to learn. Her observations can be a bit harsh, but I think she learns from them in the end.

      I think you would enjoy a Nancy Drew book (there are lots of them- but even if you just give one a try. I recommend one of the first 50- although I have enjoyed every one that I have read). :) I have only read a few Hardy Boys books- but I liked them, too. Happy reading! ~L

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