The History of Helpless Harry
illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky
out of print; look for this book at your favorite library or used bookstore
if you liked this book, try:
A Variety of Amusing and Entertaining Adventures
What’s this book about?
Eleven-year-old Harry’s adventures, involving lies, attempted robbery, and the possibility of murder, begin when his parents go away for a few days and he is left in the care of the young Miss Trowbridge.
Story Behind the Story
I had written, or so I thought, a realistic tale about a boy—in an historical context—who was being pushed about, and generally bullied, until he turns things around and comes out unscathed and triumphant.
I sent the manuscript to my agent. She gave me a call and suggested we have lunch to talk about the book. Of course I met with her.
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Awards and Recognition
- Starred Review, School Library Journal 1980
- Starred Review, Booklist 1980
- Book of the Month, PCRRT, 1980
“Subtitled ‘A Variety of Amusing and Entertaining Adventures’, it is just that.” (School Library Journal)