14. “Harriet the Spy” by Louise Fitzhugh & “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery
Harriet M. Welsch is easily one of the most lovable heroines of YA fiction, for her passion, independence, and fearlessness. Twelve-year-old Paloma of "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" is cut of the same cloth — a talented, precocious, and curious wunderkind who befriends similar eccentrics in her Parisian apartment building, and who’s mysteriously decided her life will end by her 13th birthday.
Do you agree these were good compliments? What did you think of the books themselves?
Note: I have linked my reviews to each of the respective books as the titles in the beginning of this post. Also, if you have not read the books, I will likely have spoilers below so watch out!
While I liked “Harriet the Spy”, I LOVED “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”. I do think this is partially related to reading both as an adult, but I would definitely agree that they are fantastic compliments.
Each of the stories have some concrete messages that the author is trying to teach the reader. That being said, however, each person might come away from the book with a slightly different take on those messages. I liked that there are different kinds of learning woven into each of the stories as well. Although some pairs in this series could be read fairly close together, I’m not sure that “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” would be appreciated if read at too young an age.
I certainly would recommend each of these and agree that they’re great compliments!