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Mick Harte Was Here

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  3,600 ratings  ·  504 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.

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Paperback, 86 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Scholastic Inc (first published January 1st 1995)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Mick Harte Was Here, Barbara Park

Mick Harte Was Here is a novella written by Barbara Park, which focuses on how Phoebe, a thirteen-year-old girl, copes with the death of her brother, Mick Harte, who was killed in a bicycle accident due to head injuries he received while not wearing his helmet. In 1998, the book was awarded the annual William Allen White Children's Book Award. Thirteen-year-old Phoebe Harte's younger brother, Mick, dies in a bicycle accident, because he chooses not to wear a hel

This is my first 5 star read of 2018! I have a little story for you before I get into my thoughts on this book. Last year I bought this book at a library book sale for 10 cents and from the premise I thought I'd love it. Later in 2017, I took his book off of my shelf and put it in a box I keep for books I'm thinking of not keeping but give myself time to decide. About a few days ago, I pulled his box out from under my bed, dusted it off and opened it up. Mick Harte Was Here was on t
read this in fifth grade and it was gut wrenching
Grant Garsi
Mar 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mick Harte Was Here is a profoundly moving story on mortality, blame, love, remembrance, family, guilt, and childhood freedoms. I wasn't expecting it, to be honest.

It has been a while since I read a children's book I've enjoyed. Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar comes to mind, as does The One and Only Ivan. While a lot of people loved them, they felt like kid's books to me. The best of children's literature has the power to connect, no matter one's age. That's part of what makes (or will make) Harry Pot
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what to say. This is a sad, but hopeful little book. ...more
Irish Tagamolila
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Daysi Uriarte
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 20, 2010 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
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
Jan 23, 2016 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.
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I listened to this book read aloud by an amazing colleague. Her personal stories woven in were honest and heartfelt. The message can’t be written better.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Has been challenged...
... and now that I've read it, I don't know why. There's a mention of a bad cuss word learned from HBO, but not the word itself. There are questions about God, but an ending that seems reasonable from any tolerantly spiritual point-of-view. Maybe it's challenged by those who interpret the Bible literally and think the questions the character asks have answers and children shouldn't ask questions.

Anyway, it was def. almost too Christian for me, as an atheist. And the ending
Emerson Lankford
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Tattooed Bibliophile

My brother died.

He wasn’t 12 and it wasn’t a bicycle accident. I’m not a child, I’m a grown woman with a husband and 3 kids.

But this simply told story about a little girl and her grief is so unbelievably relatable for anyone who has suffered the untimely death of a loved one. I’ve tried to read grief books and talk to people about it, but people say stupid things, and grief counselors who write books may not know what this type of loss feels like. Like a cannonball wound to the abdomen,
Erin Nigh
There were a lot of different emotions and familiar scenarios packed into this middle-grade novel about a grieving sibling. It normalizes the fights that siblings often have, the guilt you feel if you think you could have done anything to prevent their death, and the conflicting emotions of needing people but getting frustrated when they say the wrong things. Phoebe’s parents were pretty oblivious to her grief and she didn’t have a lot of support from them, but I think that unfortunately that se ...more
Nov 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Regina Jackson
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: week-4
Text- to- Self

This book touched me in so many ways because I can relate to the main character Phoebe. I lost my brother at the age of 12 and it was hard for me to live with. Much like phoebe, my brother was my best friend and we were very close so losing him at a young age was hard for me to cope with. I struggle everyday just like phoebe. This story was really good to read because it describes a situation and showed how she dealt with the problem and how young kids can maybe deal with it as we
Jun 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4th-grade
This was as sad as On My Honor and my teacher read it to us at school. It's a good message to send out to everybody. The whole book was talking about how bad it was for Mick's sister to go through Mick Harte dying. She had to stand up in front of the audience and tell everybody her good and bad memories of Mick Harte at the funeral.

This book shows you that even though wearing a helmet makes you look like a foul, repulsive maggot, it still can save your life.
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!
Rachel Cameron
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm not crying you're crying...wait you're right I cried like a darn baby. This book was recommended to me by my 11-year-old son. He read it in class and said it was such a great book and begged me to read it. I did. I cried the ENTIRE time. And guess what. My little rascals are going to start wearing a helmet EVERY TIME they get on a bike. ...more
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. ...more
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Angela 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. ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was quite nice. I love the way how Phoebe struggles so much but this is just the lesson, to love but keep going! I hope everyone who read this book will keep their loved ones always with them, but keep life moving and don't just stop! I think that's what Phoebe just learned to do. :) ...more
Lauren Waters
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Phoebe's grief over the loss of her brother was natural, honest and uncompromising. The reader could feel Phoebe's emotions and pain. I recommend this book to anyone that has had to learn to live life after dealing with trauma. ...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

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