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Mick Harte Was Here

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"How could someone like Mick die"? He was the kid who freaked out his
mom by putting a ceramic eye in a defrosted chicken, the kid who did a wild
dance in front of the whole school--and the kid who, if only he had worn his
bicycle helmet, would still be alive today. But now Phoebe Harte's
twelve-year-old brother is gone, and Phoebe's world has turned upside down.
With her trade...more
Paperback, 86 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Scholastic Inc. (first published January 1st 1995)
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Grant Garsi
Dang, You know that a book is good when Grant acually feels bad for a fictional character. This the case for Mick Harte was Here. It's a, dare I say, heartbreaking book about a girl and her family having to deal with the deppresion of the death of their son/brother. Mick crashes into a car and sofie, his sister, blames herself for it because Mick asked if she could take his bike home for him. Instead she refused because of the fight that they had earlier. Throughout the story people keep telling...more
Just finished this book with my young student book club. This is a great book to read and discuss the death of a sibling. Death is a hard subject to talk about and Barbara Park touches upon how it affects different people - the family, friends, and schoolmates. Deeply touching but told with great insight.
نرگس پورمحمدیان رودسری
یه جا تو کتاب "اگر شبی از شب های زمستان مسافری" شخصیت اصلی از یه نفر که کارش این بود که برای انتشارات ها کتاب بخونه و دسته بندی کنه می پرسه که چه شکلی کتابا رو دسته بندی می کنی؟ طرف هم جواب می ده: از روی تعداد مرگ. اگه مرگی نداشت کودک نوجوانه ، اگه یه مرگ داشت رمانِ ادبیه و اگه بیشتر کتاب پلیسیه.
میک هارته اینجا بود در این رابطه صدق نمی کنه. یه مرگ داره شاید هم هزارتا مرگ داره اما از اون -همونطور که شخصیت اصلی داستان میگه- بعنوان نقطه اوج تراژیک استفاده نمی کنه. صرفاً یه حادثه ی "اتفاقی" به حسابش...more
This is the most sad, depressing book someone could read so I recommend if you buy this book, buy a tissue box too.
Lisa Rathbun
This started as an exploration of grief, then sort of ended as a tract in favor of wearing bicycle helmets. A short book with a first person narrator, this book mixes realistic details, humorous events, and great sadness and loss. I love the way the narrator says in the beginning that this isn't a book where you learn to love a character and then he or she dies! (Reference to "Bridge to Terebithia" possibly?) She wants you to know right away that her brother Mick is dead. As you read the book, y...more
Irish Tagamolila
Just to warn you: the narrator lies when she says, “…this isn’t the kind of book where you meet the main character and you get to like him real well.” Believe me, you’ll meet him, and you’ll like him real well. The book has so many lessons within it; whatever lesson you need to “hear,” is the lesson you’re going to get. Its simple use of words allows one to feel the “emotional punch,” without being distracted by unnecessary text. It’s short, so there isn’t any filler. The narrator shares various...more
Daysi Uriarte
Mick Harte was here but now he’s not. This book encounters the tough times a family must face when their son Mick, a young teenage boy dies while riding a bike and crashes into a car with no helmet on. Many people loved him and resented his death but now everyone must learn to let go and move on with their lives

Phoebe, his sister blames herself for her brother’s death because the day he got into the accident mick had asked phoebe to take his bike home but refused because of the fight they had go...more
Mar 20, 2010 Cherice rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cherice by: my daughter
My 10 year old daughter is reading this and was really enjoying it so I decided to check it out. I read it in one sitting and loved the honesty in dealing with a brothers/son's/friends death.

The story begins just after the tragic death of Mick's bicycle accident. Taken from the first page - Mick's sister Pheobe explains: "this isn't the kind of book where you meet the main character and you get to know him real well and then he dies at the end. But I thought you should know right up front that h...more
Marly Natherson
I read this in one day. I should have known that I was going to absolutely love this book just because my friend, Tenille, recommended it to me. I LOVE the way Phoeb tells the story. Her narration is so natural, and I felt like I was right inside her head. I also felt pretty confident that I would've been friends with both Phoeb and Zo. I really hate that Mick died. Barbara Park has created such a lovable character - fun and playful - reminds me of that "Life is so unfair" feeling we all experie...more
I love this book! It's so incredibly sad! I first read it in about second grade, and I cried a bujillion times. I've read it over and over and over since then, and I still cry through the whole thing! It's a very very very very fast read, but it's worth it. I loved it. It's great and incredibly sad!
I read this book over 10 years ago. I found it on the shelf in the library of my elementary school. Usually, I wouldn't bother adding a book to my shelves that was a short, elementary school read.

However, I remember this book. I've never forgotten it. I think it was the first death book I read and it definitely made an impression on me. It's about a kid who gets hit by a car while riding his bike, and how he would have lived if he had a helmet on. It's told from his sister's POV and how she dea...more
Emerson Lankford
this book is about a boy who dies in a bike crash. he wanted to go to his friends house but he rode his bike to school so he had to ride it home then ride it back to his friends house. on his was over there, his bike hit a rock and fell off his bike and a car hit him in the head. his sister pheobe and him were fighting before the accident, which is why she dint want to ride nicks bike home. she was a soccer practice when the accident happened and the practice wasn't even a black away. after the...more
Have you ever wondered what would happen yo you if someone close to you godforbid, died? Well this book tells you strait up that your life is heading for a tailspin. Pheobe's brother Mic was riding his bike to school one day when he hit a rock. He then slid into a truck and fell down the flud drain, hitting his head and died.This book is all about how she recovered from her little brothers death and how her family became kaotic and crazy.
I recommend this book to anyone who is having trouble wi...more
This children's book is one of the saddest that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. That sounds like such an odd statement, but it is incredibly true. My heart broke within the first page where the narrator states that she will be recounting stories of her now dead brother. It is told in the perspective of a young girl and I am so incredibly melancholy after reading it. It was incredibly well written and I would recommend this book to anyone.I think it could be incredibly helpful for any st...more
Nancy Kotkin
Mick Harte Was Here provides a realistic look at how one family deals with the death of a 12-year-old boy. Told from the point-of-view of the deceased boy's 13-year-old sister, readers are exposed to the questions and issues that arise during a child's grieving process. There is so much packed into this short, quick read: the difficulty of reaching out for comfort, the creation of new traditions, survivor's guilt, the role of God in tragic circumstances, questions about the afterlife.

While the b...more
Nicole Valasiadis
this is my new fave book because its filled with sadness humor and the girl whos brother died is so funny but she loved her brother sooooooo much even though they fought almost all the time! i can relate to this because i fight with my sister all the time but i love her more than you know! I would have no one to talk to if im sad if she died!
This is THE BEST book about what it feels like to lose someone you love that I've ever read. The narrator's feelings are right on target. Give this to a child who has recently lost a loved one. He will identify with this one, I promise. A brief but tremendously well-written novel.
Angela (:
Jul 14, 2014 Angela (: rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Angela (: by: My sister. (:
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This is such a heartbreaking book. It may be short, but it's very touching. Not to mention, it's so easy to relate to. You'll find that the characters dealt with Mick's death like any other person would. I would definitely recommend this.
omg soooooooo sad.
i truly cried 4 this book.

i recomend this to everyone.

At first it was a little weird 4 me but keep on reading and u will love it.

thanks to my bbf rose 4 recomending this book
Mick Harte is an amazing, funny, memorable boy and he is dead. His sister, Phoebe, states those facts right up front. He is a middle school student whose bike slipped on a rock and threw him into the path of an oncoming truck. Phoebe tells the story of their life together and the impact of Mick's death on the family.
I really enjoyed this book. Mick made me laugh out loud with his outlook and actions in life. And I cried, because losing such an amazing boy rocked his family. There were several qu...more
An overly dramatic "trying to be hip" book with a blatant message to wear your bike helmet. I can't recall what made me want to read this book, but I regretted doing it.
Camilla Schulte
It packed as much of a punch this time as it did when I was a kid. Very well written. A voice a child would relate to. Very great way for a child to deal with their thoughts/emotions as they start coming to grips with the reality of mortality and uncertainty. I would also keep this on hand for kids who are going through the grieving process... though, of course, use judgement and discretion because it is a very very triggering book.

I found myself relating very much to my own grieving process. Sm...more
Jan 16, 2014 Maddie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: a lot of people
Recommended to Maddie by: librarian
It was a good book. Its about this girl named Phoebe and she talks about her younger brother named Mick. She taks about him a lot because he very special to her. Phoebe plays soccer and if afraid to ride her bike to school cause its very young and too girly for her. Her brother Mick likes to ride his bike to school! They only lived about 2 or 3 blocks away from the school. Mick and Phoebe have those arguments where bby the end of the day everything is fine! They are both rebellious and sneaky. T...more
this book is very good...it teaches u to enjoy life...:) it's super cute and super sad;)
Rana Heshmati
Jun 10, 2013 Rana Heshmati rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rana by: Armina
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زارى زدم باهاش.
"خوبى سيمان همين است. همين كه تا 'ابد' مى ماند. "
Matt Clooney
It sounds strange to say you love a book where the character in the title died before the first page. In the words of the narrator, Mick's sister Phoebe: "this isn't the kind of book where you meet the main character and you get to like him real well and then he dies at the end. ... I don't want to make you cry. I just want to tell you about Mick." It's a very heartfelt story about a 13 year old girl and her family dealing with the loss of her younger brother in a freak accident. It's full of me...more
Laura Gonzalez
This book is all kinds of emotions. You get flashes of sadness and then laugh of a memory the character recalls. Its a proccess of morn of the death of the son/brother.
Sofie, Mike sister, blames herself for the death of her brother. They had an argument during school so she doesnt go home with him, she stayed behind and he was on his way home in his bike.
Mike had a chance of survival, if he just had a helmet on.The sister nor the family would be going through this. Sofie could have gone home wi...more
Laura Spicer
I read the book "Mick Harte was Here" by Barbara Park. This book was about the life of Mick before he died from a bike accident. It it told by his sister, Phoebe, who believes his death was her fault.But also, the fault of him not wearing his bike helmet because he thought it was lame. It talks about adventures and times with Mick and how life was after his death. I personally loved this book very much which made me read it in about 30 minutes! I would recommend this book for anyone looking to r...more
Where to start really...? A wonderful narration on life's most painful experience.....the book teaches one a lot of things....won't say what all because I would prefer one to read this book by oneself to know what I mean to say...It kept me pondering for a long time even after reading..Go ahead and read it for making one realise the importance of life, living and MOST IMPORTANTLY, those whom you love unconditionally and to enjoy every moment, every day with them without regrets, till this lifeti...more
If you're familiar with Barbara Park through her Junie B. Jones Series get ready for something entirely different. This is a touching work narrated by young Phoebe Harte who has just lost her brother Mick in a tragic accident. It's a look at the grieving process through her eyes, both her own grieving and that of her parents and friends. It gives respect for each to grieve in his or her own way and yet expresses the confusion anyone, especially a tweenage sibling, would have under such circumsta...more
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Barbara Park received over 40 awards for her books, including 25 Children's Choice awards.

Park was the daughter of a merchant and a secretary, Doris and Brooke Tidswell. She grew up in Mount Holly Township, New Jersey. From 1965 to 1967, she attended Rider College, later finishing her B.S. in 1969 at the University of Alabama. She married Richard A. Park in 1969. She lived in Phoenix, Arizona for...more
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