Maya Gold, like Annie Smith, is a woman of many identities. In some of her other lives, she has been an award-winning screenwriter, novelist, editor, and occasional planter of Douglas firs. But her favorite role is that of proud mother to ten-year-old author and deep-dyed Harriet fan Sophia M. Gold. They live in New York. Louise Fitzhugh (1928-1974) was born in Memphis, Tennessee. She attended Bard College, studied art in Italy and France, and continued her studies in New York at the Art Students League and at Cooper Union. Her books Harriet the Spy, The Long Secret, and Sport have been acclaimed as milestones of children's literature. These classics delight readers year after year.
Gr 5-8-Harriet's new neighbor, Annie Smith, has moved to New York City to live with her aunt and uncle. When Harriet befriends her, she discovers that there is more to the girl than meets the eye, including her persona as new classmate "Cassandra D'Amore." She also learns that Annie is hiding a lot of secrets. By making her a partner in her spy escapades, Harriet hopes to learn more about this unique person. All she knows is that Annie comes from Boston, is well read, and that she is in love with an older man. Frustrated, Harriet becomes a "double agent" and spies on her own colleague. She discovers that Annie has been lying about her life, which leads to an explosive climax. The characters lack spark and personality, and the plot is slow and repetitive. Except for the protagonist's familiar name, there's not much to interest readers here.-Amanda Conover Le, St. Johns County Public Library System, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Harriet the Spy, Double Agent by Maya Gold continues the series begun with the approval of Louise Fitzhugh's estate (Fitzhugh was author of the original Harriet the Spy). The first of the spinoff books was Harriet Spies Again by Helen Ericson. Here Harriet takes on a spying partner, Annie Smith; but Annie operates under many pseudonyms, and her names may not be all she's hiding. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"As Harriet Welsch unravels mysteries about Annie, she comes to embrace many kinds of different love--of parents, of friends, of herself, and others who will come into and out of her life."--BookLoons