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Mick Harte Was Here

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,449 Ratings  ·  343 Reviews
"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
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Hardcover, 89 pages
Published August 27th 1996 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 1995)
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Grant Garsi
Mar 03, 2009 Grant Garsi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-5-for-25
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
Mahdiye Fateh
شاید اگر نوجوان بودم به این کتاب پنج ستاره هم میدادم. یک جاهایی اشکم درآمد.
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
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Paty
Apr 02, 2009 Paty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Grace
Nov 17, 2012 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the most sad, depressing book someone could read so I recommend if you buy this book, buy a tissue box too.
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
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
Daysi Uriarte
May 30, 2013 Daysi Uriarte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cherice
Mar 20, 2010 Cherice rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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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
Roya
Jan 23, 2016 Roya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I cried a lot, which may or may not be related to the heart wrenching first chapters.
Zahra Minaei
مرگ از آن دست مفهومهای مشترک انسانی است. از آن مفاهیم اگزیستانسیالیستی. مفهومی که تمامی افراد انسانی با آن در بخشهایی از زندگی برخورد میکنند. اما نحوه مواجهه با این پدیده در فرهنگهای مختلف، متفاوت است. نظر من هم مانند نظر آقای شهریر، بر درک تفاوتهایی است که در هر فرهنگ وجود دارد. آنچه میک هارته را برای نوجوان جذاب میکند، اولا پرداختن به موضوع مرگ و دوما شناخت نسبت به آیین و مناسک حول مرگ توسط فرهنگ دیگر است.
#میک_هارته_اینجا_بود داستانی است که با یک ضربه شروع میشود. شروع داستان با مرگ آغاز میشود.
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Collin
Sep 21, 2008 Collin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
SSamaneHH
Nov 29, 2015 SSamaneHH rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب در حوزه نوجوان نوشته شده اما به نظرم همه باید یک بار این کتاب رو بخونن. برای اینکه همه ما نیاز داریم یک بار از ته دل گریه کنیم....
Mary
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
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Arlene Hayman
Oct 26, 2014 Arlene Hayman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the recommendation of one of my 3rd grade students, I read Mick Harte Was Here, a juvenile book about a young boy, Mick Harte, who is killed in a tragic bike accident when he skids into a passing truck. The story is told from the point of view of his sister, Phoebe, who portrays Mick as being his very own person. He was the kind of kid that freaked his mom out by putting a ceramic eye in a defrosted chicken, and he was always involved in some kind of antic.
This is such a heart-rendering stor
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Ghoover
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
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!
Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services
Pages: 88
Lexile Level: 730L

Summary:
Mick’s sister Phoebe is narrating the story. Right away she tells you Mick dies in bike accident. However, she is here to tell you about Mick’s life. She talks about the fun things that happen during their lives, but also relives the last moments with Mick.

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I thought the book was very appealing because it was told from Phoebe’s point of view. She didn’t sugar coat their 11 years together, but she also expressed how lonely it was wi
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Jen
Pages: 88
Lexile Level: 730L
Summary:
Mick’s sister Phoebe is narrating the story. Right away she tells you Mick dies in bike accident. However, she is here to tell you about Mick’s life. She talks about the fun things that happen during their lives, but also relives the last moments with Mick.

Comments & Recommendations:
I thought the book was very appealing because it was told from Phoebe’s point of view. She didn’t sugar coat their 11 years together, but she also expressed how lonely it was wi
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babyhippoface
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.
inactive
Jul 14, 2014 inactive rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to inactive by: My sister. (:
Shelves: 1900s
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.
Maggie
Jan 03, 2009 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
omg soooooooo sad.
i truly cried 4 this book.

i recomend this to everyone.
outstanding!!!

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
Sarah
Sep 15, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Vincent Serrani
Jul 23, 2014 Vincent Serrani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have used this book to read aloud to 5th graders at then end of the year. It is a dramatic and poignant why of teaching children the importance of wearing safety equipment.
Natalya
Jul 27, 2007 Natalya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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
Jun 04, 2014 Camilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Maddie
Jan 16, 2014 Maddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Morgan
Oct 25, 2009 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is very good...it teaches u to enjoy life...:) it's super cute and super sad;)
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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
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